Phosphate mining in South Africa: A potential threat to the marine habitats

Phosphate mining in South Africa: A potential threat to the marine habitats

The approval of prospecting licences to strip-mine the seabed for phosphate poses a great threat to the existence and the quality of marine life and habitats. Phosphate is mainly used as a fertiliser in agriculture, however, the technology used is unknown and there is no benchmark to understand what the impacts may be, potential destruction of the seabed may serve to undermine marine...

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RFA Interview Series – Professor Kevern Corchrane

Kevern Cochrane studied at the University of Zimbabwe, graduating with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Zoology and Geology in 1973. After a brief spell teaching, he joined the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management in Zimbabwe. His research for the Department was on the introduced freshwater sardine (Limnothrissa miodon) in Lake Kariba and the fishery utilising it. This work led to the...

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RFA Interview Series – Tim Reddell

Tim is an engineer whose career in fishing began in 1985 when he joined I&J as an industrial engineer. He rose quickly through the ranks to eventually be appointed operations director, responsible for the efficient operation of the company’s fishing fleet and processing facilities. His departure from I&J in 2004 allowed Tim to give full reign to his entrepreneurial spirit and by the...

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RFA Interview Series – Dr Johann Augustyn

Johann holds a PhD in Zoology from the University of Port Elizabeth and worked as a marine scientist for more than 20 years before being appointed as a fisheries manager, originally in the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, and later the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF). Prior to his appointment as secretary of SADSTIA, Johann worked as chief director of...

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RFA Interview Series – Professor Colin Attwood

  Colin wanted to be a marine biologist ever since he caught his first goby at age 7, replacing his earlier desire to be a train driver. He obtained a PhD in Marine Biology at the University of Cape Town in 2002, based on his work on galjoen. He has worked for the South African National Parks Board, the South African Antarctic Programme, the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries...

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