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The state of the oceans and coasts around South Africa / the oceans and coasts annual science report: report no. 21 of 2021

The oceans and coasts annual science report, 2020, previously known as the state of the oceans and coasts around South Africa report card covers environmental monitoring results and research highlights achieved during the 2020 calendar year. Also presented are various tools and technologies that have been developed or utilised in support of the science programmes. A summary of the findings, with some perspectives, is provided for decision and policy makers, as well as a list of research outputs for 2020.

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The state of the oceans and coasts around South Africa / the oceans and coasts annual science report: report no. 20 of 2020

The oceans and coasts annual science report, 2020, previously known as the state of the oceans and coasts around South Africa report card covers environmental monitoring results and research highlights achieved during the 2020 calendar year. Also presented are various tools and technologies that have been developed or utilised in support of the science programmes. A summary of the findings, with some perspectives, is provided for decision and policy makers, as well as a list of research outputs for 2020.

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The state of the oceans and coasts around South Africa - annual science report: report no. 19 of 2019

South Africa’s oceans and coasts annual science report, 2019, presents results of research and monitoring conducted by the department on a number of physical, biological and chemical aspects of oceans and coasts (including estuaries) around South Africa, in the southern ocean, or other parts of the African ocean regions. As in the annual science report for 2018, this report has a section dedicated to monitoring programmes with summary updates for the last calendar year, and a section for research highlights, presenting summaries of research that has been published or presented at symposia during 2019.

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The state of the oceans and coasts around South Africa - annual science report: report no. 18 of 2018

The body of this report is made up of 22 contributions. Each separate contribution is termed a “report card” and the prefix “R” is used when referring to them by number below. Ten of the report cards are listed under the heading “monitoring programmes” and 11 under “research highlights”. Under each of these main headings there is a distinct subsection, presenting findings of the Southern Benguela Integrated Ecosystem Programme and the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition, respectively (four report cards each). The last report card is a single contribution against the heading “Research support”.

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The state of the oceans and coasts around South Africa - annual science report: report no. 17 of 2017

This is the 17th issue covering some of the environmental monitoring activities and research results obtained during the 2017/2018 financial year. It describes scientific observations in the marine environment, from the inshore to the offshore and from the ocean surface to the ocean floor within South Africa’s exclusive economic zone.

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The state of the oceans and coasts around South Africa - annual science report: report no. 16 of 2016

In this report, the department provides updated information on the status of some parameters for South Africa’s oceans and coasts, ranging from chemical and physical properties to biological assessments. These have been selected as potentially useful indicators of the change, health and management of South Africa’s marine ecosystems. The format of this report is aimed at providing a brief overview of the research and monitoring undertaken within the department.

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The state of the oceans and coasts around South Africa - annual science report: report no. 15 of 2015

In this report card, DEA provides brief synopses of some results of monitoring a suite of variables that range from physical and chemical ocean properties to plankton and other biological attributes, which have been chosen as potentially useful indicators of change, health and management of South Africa’s marine and coastal systems.

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The state of the oceans and coasts around South Africa - annual science report: report no. 14 of 2014 

In this report, aspects of this monitoring and research are briefly elaborated upon. The report considers some features of the physical and chemical oceanography of South Africa’s marine environment and then the plankton of its oceans, which form the basis of the marine food webs.

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South Africa's National Action List for the Screening of Dredged Sediment Proposed for Marine Disposal, 2012

The national action list will need to balance the sometimes conflicting needs of dredging proponents and the need to protect the ecology of the dredging and dredged spoil disposal environments. Because of conflicting needs and economic realities, the logical approach is to revise the national action list by consulting stakeholders. This report does not, therefore, present a revised national action list, but rather provides stakeholders with information on factors that need to be considered and options for its revision.

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South African Water Quality Guidelines for Coastal Marine Waters: Volume 2 - guidelines for recreational use, 2012

This document contains the revised guidelines for recreational waters of South Africa's coastal marine environment, which addresses some of the shortcomings of the previous version (DWAF, 1995). The aim is to provide managers and governing authorities with the background and guidance to define target ranges for recreational waters, as well as to provide guidance on the implementation thereof....

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Antarctica and Southern Ocean Islands

South Africa’s involvement in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean Islands dates back to the earliest voyages of discovery, due to the then Cape of Good Hope’s position as a stop-over for explorers, whalers and sealers (people hunting whales and seals). Post-graduate thesis have been produced from research on Marion Island, and South Africa has been operating a weather station on Gough Island since 1956. The country has also  launched the new research and supply vessel, SA Agulhas II and was dedicated to the late Singer Miriam Makeba.

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