Ethical clearance of research is a fundamental requirement for institutions dealing directly with the collection or the use of animals for scientific research. Animal research undertaken at NRF-SAIAB is diverse, and includes research on invertebrates, fishes, amphibians and, occasionally, reptiles.
To unravel some of the complexities of these ethical considerations, especially with regard to field work in aquatic environments, in 2015 postdoctoral fellows at SAIAB led by Dr Rhett Bennett, teamed up with Principal Scientist, Professor Olaf Weyl, to author a paper entitled Ethical considerations for field research on fishes, especially with regard to field work on fishes in aquatic environments, published in the journal Koedoe in December 2016.
SAIAB is busy developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the various functions and processes of the Animal Ethics Committee and various research methodologies used in aquatic science. To apply for animal ethics clearance and approval: