Bayworld Centre for Research & Education

Marine Biology

Research Associate:Nikki Downey (PhD - Rhodes University)
Bayworld Centre for Research & Education
(In association with Mike Roberts PhD - DAFF)
Research Interests:
  • Chokka squid (Loligo reynaudii): inshore & offshore spawning, spawning behaviour, inshore spawning environment, offshore spawning environment, reproductive biology
  • Squid fishery management
Current Projects:
  • A first description of the offshore reef environment off the Eastern Cape Coast, South Africa, with reference to deep spawning chokka squid (Loligo reynaudii)
Former Projects:
  • Design and calibration of an acoustic telemetry system subject to upwelling events
  • The effect of temperature and turbidity on spawning chokka squid, Loligo reynaudii, in Eastern Cape waters
Collaborators:Dale Webber (Scientist)
 Dr Malcolm J Smale (Marine Biologist)
  - PE Museum/Bayworld
 Erica Vidal (Marine Biologist)
  - Rio Grande University
 Larvika Singh (Marine Biologist)
  - Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
 Prof Warwick Sauer (Scientist)
  - Rhodes University
Current Students:Registered at: University of Cape Town
 Jean Githaiga-Mwicigi
 Rodrigo Martins
Some factors influencing the transport of chokka squid paralarvae off the eastern Cape, South Africa
Former Students:Graduated
 Ane Oosthuizen
Development of paralarvae and abnormalities at different temperatures
 Registered at: University of Cape Town
 Simon Charter
 Timothy Thamae
 Registered at: University of the Western Cape
 Dumisa Maliti
Socio Economics of the South African squid fishery.
 Longasile Pakati
Socio Economics of the South African squid fishery.
 Registered at: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
 Karen Dorfler
 Pieter van Rooyen
 Pieter-Jan Schon
Environmental influence on spawning aggregations and jig catches of chokka squid: an in situ study.
 Wayne Ford
Environmental effects on squid fishing.
 Willie de Wet
Environmental interactions on spawning.