Sunday, July 28, 2013

Fish Genetic Survey: Kunene river: 22 - 27 July 2013

Kunene river

Photos of the survey are available at:

Another  leg of the Genetic Survey of fish in the Kunene river took place from 22 to 27 July 2013. Mr. Burger (Deputy Director: Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture) along with Mr. SW Teodor and Mr. Erasmus Haimene both Fisheries Biologist from Onavivi and Ongwediva respectively participated in the survey. Professor Herman Van der Bank from the University of Johannesburg was the collaborating PI and assisted with the identification of captured fish and sampling of specimens for genetic (DNA) bar-coding.  

The survey took place in the surrounding areas of the Kunene River Lodge. A total of 35 samples from different species were collected during this leg of the project. Samples were only taken from outstanding fish species not comprehensively identified under the International Barcode of Life Data Project (IBOLD). Fish were caught using nets and hook and line. The full survey report will be published soon on the Survey/Research page of this site. 

Putting out nets in the ideal habitat of some of the required species

The Genetic Survey had its origin with the Project: Inventory of Namibian Aquatic Biodiversity: Ecological, Morphological and Genetic Analysis. The project started in 2011 for a period of 5 years. 

Field Trip report
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Some of the fish sampled...

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