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DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.05312023
South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) on the SA Agulhas II Voyage 049, November 2021

The South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) is an annual voyage undertaken by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) to change the overwintering teams in Antarctica and to replenish the supplies at the SANAE IV Research base. This voyage was to deliver the SANAE 61 over wintering team to the research base and return with the SANAE 60 team. The cruise was undertaken between 30 November 2021 and 28 January 2022 with full scientific complement. The main...

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.01852023
Anchovy Recruitment on the Africana Voyage 047, August 1986

The main objectives of the cruise were a direct assessment of the biomass of adult anchovy and pilchard on the South and East coasts by acoustic survey, supplemented by aerial fish spotting (East Coast only); an acoustic investigation of the distribution and behaviour of other pelagic fish of commercial importance; an investigation of the relationship between anchovy, pilchard and the hydrobiological environment, specifically water temperature and plankton distribution; a determination of...

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.03592023
South Coast Hake Biomass Survey on the Africana Voyage 063, May 1988

The objective of the cruise was to survey by means of trawling the abundance of adult and recruiting hake, sole and other trawl target species; to investigate the environment and interrelationships of hake and other demersal species in various depth strata; to study demersal community relationships; to investigate the occurence, distribution and abundance of squid; to investigate the occurence of linefish species in shallow waters; and to study the biology of sharks and skates. Oceanographic...

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.03552023
Anchovy and Pilchard Spawning Stock Survey on the Africana Voyage 057, November 1987

The main objective of the cruise was to determine acoustically the biomass of the pilchard and anchovy spawning stocks between Hondeklip Bay and the eastern end of the Agulhas Bank. Additionally, the relationship between the distribution of pelagic fish, their eggs and the water temperature was investigated, and chemical samples were taken along lines of stations as part of an ongoing investigation with the supply of nutrients to the Agulhas Bank.

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.01872023
South Coast Hake Biomass Survey on the Africana Voyage 048, September 1986

The objective of the cruise was to survey by means of trawling the abundance of adult and recruiting hake, sole and other trawl target species; an investigation of the environment and interrelationships of hake and other demersal species in various depth strata; to investigate the occurence, distribution and abundance of squid and squid larvae; and to investigate the occurence of linefish species in shallow waters.

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.01942023
South Coast Hake Biomass Survey on the Africana Voyage 056, September 1987

The objectives of the cruise were to survey by means of trawling the abundance of adult and recruiting hake, sole and other trawl target species; to investigate the environment and ecological interrelationships of hake and other demersal species in the various depth strata; to investigate the occurence, distribution and abundance of squid and squid larvae; to investigate the occurence of linefish species in shallow waters; to identify every species caught in the trawl net; and to do...

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.24112022
West Coast Hake Biomass on the Africana Voyage 015, January 1984

The purpose of this cruise was to survey by means of trawling the abundance of recruiting and adult hake between the Orange River and longitude 20° E. The objectives also included investigating the diurnal cycle of hake and other demersal species, to compare the trawling results of R.S. Africana with those of M.F.V. Chicha Touza, the Spanish trawler used for similar surveys, to investigate the environment of hake and other demersal species and to carry out acoustic target identification of...

DOI: 10.15493/dea.mims.26052160
Marion Island Relief Voyage on the SA Agulhas II Voyage 042, April 2020

The 2020 Marion Relief Voyage 042 on SA Agulhas II offered the 8th opportunity to conduct multi-disciplinary, ship-based oceanographic research on board the SA Agulhas II en route to, and around, the sub Antarctic Prince Edward Islands. Due to the world wide Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent measures implemented by the South African government to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus in South Africa, the main research objectives (land-based and ship-based) normally associated with the...

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.01102023
Marion Island Relief Voyage on the SA Agulhas II Voyage 045, May 2021

The Marion Island Relief Voyage was conducted on the SA Agulhas II Voyage 045 between 9 April and 12 May 2021. The 2021 Marion Relief Voyage 045 offered the 9th opportunity to conduct multi-disciplinary, ship-based oceanographic research on board the SA Agulhas II en-route to, from, and around, the sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands. Due to the world wide Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent measures implemented by the South African government to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus in...

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.33122022
West Coast Hake Biomass on the Africana Voyage 039, January 1986

The objectives of this cruise were to survey by means of trawling the abundance of adult and recruiting hake; to investigate the diurnal cycle of hake and other demersal species; to investigate the environment and ecological interrelationships of hake and other demersal species; to carry out acoustic target identification of mesopelagic species with RMT 8 nets; to make a few experimental trawls in deep water to search for the other species of monkfish and to determine the offshore limit of...

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.01902023
West Coast Hake Biomass Survey on the Africana Voyage 050, January 1987

The objectives of the cruise were to survey by means of trawling the abundance of adult and recruiting hake; to investigate the the diurnal cycle of hake and other demersal species; to investigate the environment and interrelationships of hake and other demersal species; to establish the offshore limit of hake and monkfish distribution and to collect deep-water specimens of fish and cephalopods; to conduct mouth-opening experiments with transducers on each wing of the net, and to compare the...

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.03572023
West Coast Hake Biomass Survey on the Africana Voyage 059, February 1988

The main objective of the cruise was to survey by means of trawling the abundance of adult and recruiting hake in South African waters; to investigate the diurnal cycle of hake and other demersal species; to make some experimental trawls in deep water to collect deep-water specimens of fish and squid; to collect routine biological material on demersal species from South West African waters; to investigate the occurence, distribution and abundance of squid and squid larvae; to study demersal...

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.30122022
Spanish-Namibian Environmental Cruise (SNEC) on the Africana Voyage 035, September 1985

The objective of this cruise was to investigate the hydrology and plankton of the coastal waters off Nambia between 20 S and 26 S.

DOI: 10.15493/dea.mims.26052144
GINA Seaglider project 2017 (SG574)

The Gliders IN the Agulhas (GINA) project is a multi-institutional effort to implement sustained glider observations around South Africa’s coastline to enhance existing regional networks and complement larger international observations systems such as the Ocean Gliders Boundary Ocean Observing Network (BOON). Ocean gliders are robotic platforms operated and piloted from land. The Seaglider during GINA was set-up to vertically profile the water column between depths of 0 and 1000m....

DOI: 10.15493/dea.mims.26052211
Marion Island Relief on the SA Agulhas II Voyage 036, April 2019

The 2019 Marion Relief Voyage offered the 7th opportunity to conduct multi-disciplinary, shipbased marine research focusing on links and interactions between air and sea, ocean physics, chemistry, biogeochemistry and biology, including microbial, planktic and benthic communities on board South Africa’s polar research and supply vessel MV SA Agulhas II en route to, and around, the sub-Antarctic Prince Edward archipelago. The overall aim was to continue contributing to an oceanographic...

DOI: 10.15493/dea.mims.01022026
Anchovy Recruitment Survey on the Africana Voyage 009, May 1983

The Anchovy Recruitment Survey was conducted on the Africana Voyage 009, between 4 May and 30 May 1983. Research was conducted off the west coast of South Africa between Cape Point and Orange River.

DOI: 10.15493/dea.mims.01022021
Plankton Dynamics Cruise on the Africana Voyage 007, March 1983

The Plankton Dynamics Cruise was conducted on the Africana Voyage 007 between 9 March and 22 March 1983. Research was conducted off of the west coast of South Africa between Cape Town and St Helena Bay. The aim of the cruise was to follow a patch of newly upwelled water and to examine changes in the plankton over a 12 day period.

DOI: 10.15493/dea.mims.20210308
Phyllosoma Larva and Oceanographic Survey on the Africana Voyage 011, August 1983

The Phyllosoma Larva and Oceanographic Survey was held on the Africana Voyage 011 between the 12th and 24th August 1983. Research was conducted off the west coast of South Africa in order to study the ocean currents in the offshore area and its influence on West Coast rock lobster distribution.

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.04122022
West Coast Physical Oceanography on the Africana Voyage 019, May 1984

Africana Cruise 019 lasted from May 7 to May 17th 1984 and undertook several scientific tasks. The first part of the cruise was mostly devoted to bathymetric and geophysical (continuous reflection seismic) surveys in the region of the Cape Canyon of SW Cape. These surveys were the responsibility of personnel from the Marine Geoscience Unit of the University of Cape Town, and were done as part of a collaborative project with officers of the Sea Fisheries Research Institute who have an...

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.26122022
West Coast Physical Oceanography on the Africana Voyage 025, October 1984

The objectives of this cruise included studying shelf circulation in the vicinity of Port Nolloth by placing three current meter moorings across the shelf; exploring the deep circulation in the Cape Basin which is thought to be a driving mechanism for the preponderance of southward flow observed on the shelf by placing a current meter in 3000m of water; recovering one current meter in the Cape Canyon and deploying two current meter moorings and a thermistor string near Cape Columbine and...

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.29122022
West Coast Hake Biomass on the Africana Voyage 033, July 1985

The objectives of this cruise were to survey by means of trawling the abundance of adult and recruiting hake; to investigate the diurnal cycle of hake and other demersal species; to investigate the environment and ecological interrelationships of hake and other demersal species and to carry out acoustic target identification of mesopelagic species with RMT 8 nets.

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.01922023
West Coast Hake Biomass Survey on the Africana Voyage 054, June 1987

The scientific targets of the trip revolved around the determination of biomass index of both Cape hake species off the South African west coast. The diurnal cycle of Cape hake and their relationship with environmental parameters was also studied. Some hake material were collected in South West African waters. Deep-water trawls were made to delimit the offshore extent of hake distribution and to collect rare specimens of fish for accession to museums. Demersal community interrelationships...

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.25122022
West Coast Hake Biomass on the Africana Voyage 022, July 1984

The objectives of this cruise were to survey by means of trawling the abundance of adult and recruiting hake; to investigate the diurnal cycle and the environment of hake and other demersal species; to carry out acoustic target identification of mesopelagic species using RMT-8 nets and to study the community interactions of fish species in the area.

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.03122022
Shoal Ecology on the Africana Voyage 018, April 1984

The objectives of this cruise were to obtain a broad picture of pelagic fish shoal distribution in relation to the prevailing mesoscale environmental features; to investigate intensively the diel shoal behaviour pattern of anchovy, pilchard and round herring, with particular reference to their feeding behaviour in relation to food supply. If time permitted the plan was to carry the investigation out in two areas of contrasting environmental features ie St Helena Bay and off Saldanha Bay....

DOI: 10.15493/DEA.MIMS.28122022
West Coast Hake Biomass on the Africana Voyage 028, January 1985

The objectives of this cruise were to survey by means of trawling the abundance of adult and recruiting hake; to investigate the diurnal cycle and the environment of hake and other demersal species; to compare trawling results of R.S. Africana with those of the Chicha Touza, the Spanish trawler used for similar surveys; to carry out acoustic target identification of mesopelagic species using RMT 8 nets and to retrieve two current meter arrays deployed during Voyage 025.