Dr Louw Claassens is the Programme Director for the Knysna Basin Project, a small NGO based in Knysna. (www.knysnabasinproject.co.za). She approached Estuary Care for possible assistance in conducting research into the critically endangered estuarine pipefish which is very rare and is only found in a couple of estuaries along our south coast. The research team will begin their field work in October where they will conduct population surveys in the Kariega and Boesmans estuaries.
Photo courtesy of Fred Fourie
Dave Curran from Estuary Care took Dr Claassens up the Boesmans Estuary for an exploratory investigation.
Photo courtesy Dr Louw Claassens
Dr Dave Morrell has kindly offered his Landrover and boat for the use of the research team.
Photo courtesy of Dr Louw Claassens
Dr Louw Claassens has offered to give a talk on this amazing animal.
Title: Conserving the Critically Endangered Estuarine pipefish
Venue: Diaz Deep Sea Club, Somerset Street, Kenton-on-Sea (next door to the tennis courts)
Date: Tuesday 8 October 2019
Dr Claassens says:
‘The talk will focus on some background on the Estuarine pipefish (historic research, why it is so threatened etc.), and then on current research. Specifically, the research we are doing and what we hope this will mean for this species.
I will also add in some information on the Knysna Basin Project – what we are and what we do.
I am really looking forward to this talk – and spreading the work of this amazing animal!’
The talk is hosted by the Rotary Club, Kenton- on-Sea