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The 2nd International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE2) SA to Tanzania on SA Agulhas II R

The IIOE-2 is a multi-national programme related to the collection of basic long-term marine environmental data in the Indian Ocean for the period 2016 – 2020.



This science cruise was led by scientists based in the Department of Environmental Affairs, who coordinated research activities with other national departments and East African countries. The participants of this cruise were scientists and students from various departments and institutions from Egypt, Nigeria, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Italy and South Africa.


Ms Livhuwani Pertunia Nethenzheni, our MSc graduate intern, at Abagold, under the mentorship of Dr Nuette Gordon, got the opportunity to participate on this research cruise. She was one of the partaking research scientists and students who were trained under the chemical and biological oceanography team. She was also exposed to biodiversity, top predator observation team.


"It was such an amazing experience to be able to control the winch used during sampling with CTD, neuston net, vertical multinet, oblique bongo, the dredge and the ski monkey camera. Being able to analyse the dissolved oxygen, dissolved inorganic carbons etc. Learning how pollution affects our ocean and creatures living in it during the collection of microplastics, fibre and water samples for pharmaceuticals. Looking at the sea bed and collecting samples from it was like a dream come true. I was able to understand the importance of each experiment we run at Abagold as I relate it with the research done during the voyage."


"I am forever grateful to my mentor Dr Nuette and Abagold for allowing me to go for such a long time and acquire the knowledge and training on different equipment used at sea for data collection, and the Department of Environmental Affairs for this opportunity be aboard the SAA2 and learn so many new things and meet new like-minded scientists that I will have long-term relationships with.”



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