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Institute for Coastal and Marine Research

The CMR is actively involved in facilitating meetings, hosting conferences, and building capacity through training workshops. There are also several citizen science initiatives run by different research groups, which we encourage members of the public to participate in. The CMR also arranges an annual Research Symposium, as well as various workshops, talks, and engagement events.



Upcoming Events 

Past Events

Sea Turtle Citizen Science Initiative





World Oceans Day Photo Competition. Categories: Stunning Seascapes & Coastal Companions.

Lecture on Do small scales make a difference? A seasonal cycle approach to understanding carbon-climate linkages in the Southern Ocean by Dr Sandy Thomalla from SOCCO on 29 May.

SASUF Seminar Series and Workshop around Sustainable Aquaculture Development for Coastal Communities and Food Security. Hosted by the CMR at Dolphin's Leap Conference Centre, 13-14 May 2019.

SANOCEAN Conference, co-hosted by the CMR at the Nelson Mandela University North Campus Conference Centre. 25-27 March 2019.

3rd International Indian Ocean Science Conference. Hosted by the CMR from 11-15 March at the Nelson Mandela University North Campus Conference Centre.


Port Elizabeth People's Ports Festival. 1-2 December.

Annual Research Symposium highlighting CMR Research Associates. Friday, 16 November, North Campus Conference Centre.

National Marine Week (October) Photo Competition. The winning photograph was taken by the CMR's first registered Professional Associate, Mr John Werth. This photograph captured Algoa Bay's iconic Bird Island, with its African Penguin and Cape Gannet bird colonies, at sunset.


Lecture: The Swedish Mariculture Research Centre (SWEMARC), University of Gothenburg. 14 May 2018.

Living Shores: Adventures of Two Marine Biologists. Lecture and book launch by George and Margo Branch. Monday, 19 March 2018, 12:00-14:00 at the North Campus Conference Theatre.



Deep Secrets: Special Places and Species in the South African Seascape. Dr Kerry Sink is the Marine Program Manager at the South African National Biodivesity Institute (SANBI). She is very passionate about marine research, and sees her role in conservation as the bridge between science and policy. She is involved in the development of a network of new Marine Protected Areas to protect offshore ecosystems, species and the processes that sustain them. 

Initiated by the Department of Environmental Affairs, Marine Week aims to highlight the marine environment, mainly to learners and their educators, in light of conservation, uses, recreation, pollution and careers. A collaborative engagement programme that celebrates the marine environment has been celebrated in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole annually since 2003. This event was hosted by Bayworld this year and took place from 17-20 October. Scholars learn about Algoa Bay, penguins and their conservation, pollution and recycling, and how estuaries, tivers and streams play a role in our lives. The CMR was involved in the planning of this event, and provided some funding. Other organisations involved were Algoa Bay Hope Spot; Bayworld; Nelson Mandela University Enactus Group; Nelson Mandela Municipality Environmental Unit; Noordhoed Ski-Boat Club; Noziqhamo Art & Craft Recycling; Raggy Charters; SANCCOB and Zwartkops Conservancy. 


Waves of Change. Information sharing session for staff and students related to the Ocean Sciences Campus.

CMR Exhibit at the National Science Week 2017 Launch on 4 and 5 August 2017. Venue: Nelson Mandela University Missionvale Campus.

As part of the 'Road to National Science Week 2017', the CMR hosted a lunch time lecture on 'Advancing Marine Science Tourism'. This lecture was presented by Dr Lorien Pichegru, CMR Member and passionate environmentalist and scientist. Lorien's talk focused on eco-tourism: how this rapidly-developing industry may impact on already fragile environments, but also how tourism can be utilised to create awareness about conservation issues ensuring sustainability, and how eco-tourism ventures feature in scientific data collection and communication. Three case studies (shark cage diving, whale watching, penguin encounters) were discussed in terms of their ecological and economic benefits, as well as their potential impacts on the environment and their regulations to minimise such impacts. Operation Phakisa aims to unlock the economic potential of our oceans, promoting rapid development of marine and coastal tourism, which calls for scientific input to ensure responsible and sustainable initiatives, whilst ensuring economic potential and growth. The importance of being a tourist in your own home was highlighted, to realise the value of biodiversity we have on our doorstep in order to protect it - citing Jacques Cousteau "we only protect what we know". Lastly, Lorien ended her lecture by sharing Algoa Bay Hope Spot initiatives, such as 'Take a Sea Pledge', which can be beach clean-ups, reducing our use of single-use plastic and consuming sustainable seafood, or simply spending time enjoying the ocean, proving how beneficial it can be to interact with nature without harming it.

Prof Mats Lindegarth from the University of Gothenburg visited the University from 10-17 July as part of a staff exhange programme. In collaboration with the CMR and International Office, he presented a public lecture on Research in the interface between science and governance of ecological resources: challenges and experiences fromSwedish coastal waters on 12 July. This lecture can be downloaded from the sidebar.

Southern African Marine Sceince Symposium. 4-7 July 2017, Boardwalk Convention Centre, Port Elizabeth.

On 21 June, the CMR hosted a delegation from the Ocean University of China. The five presentations delivered by the delegates are available for download from the sidebar.

World Oceans Day (8 June 2017) Student Photo Competition. Congratulations to Bulelwa Same, a Business and Economic Sciences student. Her photograph was chosen as the winner. She wins a copy of the latest edition of Two Oceans: A guide to the marine life of southern Africa. Please see the collage in the sidebar for other photograph submissions.

CMR Symposium. 20 April 2017. NMMU South Campus Council Chamber.

CMR Workshop: Global Change. Hosted by Dr Shaun Deyzel on 25 November.


CMR Workshop: Biodiversity and Conservation. Hosted by Linda Harris on 29 September.


CMR Workshop: Living Resources and Food Security. Hosted by Dr Paul-Pierre Steyn on 22 July.


CMR and MAPRU launch: 16 March 2016


Movement Ecology Workshop
Marine Spatial Planning Workshop


VIth International Sandy Beach Symposium
4th Meeting of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Turtle Task Force