Divers regularly gather important data

Carrying out underwater site surveys helps us gain a better understanding of reef ecology. Read about our research...


Scientists examine a shark

Thanks to the foresight of marine biologists and conservationists of the 1950s, SAAMBR's research wing, the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI),  was established in 1958. Read about our history...


Welcome to the Oceanographic Research Institute

The Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) is a division of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) which strives to stimulate community awareness of the marine environment through education and promote wise, sustainable use of marine resources through scientific investigation.


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Latest Research

Monitoring our coastal invertebrates

The rocky shores, sandy beaches and estuaries of KwaZulu-Natal support… Read more »

Updated publication of the 'visboekie' celebrated at ORI

Bruce Mann and co-authors have completed an epic revision of… Read more »

BRUV: new insight into offshore reef marine life

Baited remote underwater video (BRUV) systems offer a relatively new… Read more »

ORI researchers head to Madagascar for Project Suitcase

While visiting south-east Madagascar in 2008 following research in the… Read more »

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Latest News

Winners of Invertebrate Survey draw announced

The Oceanographic Research Institute conducts quarterly surveys of shellfish collection… Read more »

Important things you should know before going fishing

Our ocean resources need to be protected for future sustainability,… Read more »

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