South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity

Somerset Street
Grahamstown, 6140

Tel : (046) 603 5800
Fax : (046) 622 2403
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SAIAB is a research facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF) and an internationally recognised centre for the study of aquatic biodiversity. Famous for its historical association with JLB Smith and the discovery of the enigmatic coelacanth, SAIAB houses the National Fish Collection and the largest library of books and journals on aquatic topics in Africa. Research focuses on Conservation Biology and Ecology and Molecular Biology and Systematics.

Opening Hours:

08h00 - 13h00 and 14h00 - 17h00 Monday to Friday

Closed on weekends and Public Holidays

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33D 18' 38.4" S, 26D 31' 11.4" E

(+/- 9m), altitude 542m asl

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