Sea Fish Atlas

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The Sea Fish Atlas project is a SeaKeys initiative and aims to map where different fish are found in South Africa with the help of the diving and fishing communities and in fact, anyone interested in the marine environment. The Sea Fish Atlas will include marine fish from anywhere in South African: the deep sea, shallow reefs, kelp forests and all coastal and estuarine regions. So, if you have any photographs of fish from these regions, please consider participating.

How you can become involved:
Please upload photographs of marine fish along with information on where you photographed it onto iSpot and in the “descriptive tags” section, tag your observation with “Sea Fish Atlas”. Don’t worry if photographs are not “competition standard”, all we need to do is be able to identify the fish in the image, although please feel free to post amazing photos!

Here are some tips on what makes an ideal fish observation which will make identification easier but all images will contribute towards the Atlas.

Once you have submitted 10 observation you will be eligible for the Sea Fish Atlas badge based on our logo which you can request here Badge Please. This gorgeous Sea Fish Atlas Logo is based on the rectangular triggerfish Rhinecanthus rectangulus. You can find an observation of this species on iSpot here.

With your help on this project we hope to produce:
* The first detailed national distribution maps for marine and estuarine fish
* Updated national species lists
* New species records
* Encyclopaedia of Life pages
* DNA barcodes
* New species descriptions and identification guides

If you have any queries, tips or comments, please post them below!

Latest Observations - Sea Fish Atlas:

Latest Observations - SeaKeys:

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Comments

Tony Rebelo's picture

really COOL fish

This is a really COOL fish. What is the fish in the logo? It is for real?

Wynand Uys's picture

COOL Fish

Very clever!

Rhinecanthus aculeatus, the Rainbow Nation Triggerfish.

Tony Rebelo's picture

who will post our first?

I wonder who will post our first one?

Wynand Uys's picture

Typo..sorry

Tony Rebelo's picture

fixed

Tony Rebelo's picture

Do we have it

Wynand Uys's picture

Yep!

Tony Rebelo's picture

Thanks!

Click on the tag in blue to see the collection rather than the observation

Pbsouthwood's picture

Good identification!

The original for the logo was based on a photo of the picasso triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus) and was much more realistic in profile. If I can find the artwork I will try to upload a copy. The current version was modified by a professional artist.

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
Photos licensed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Lee Jones's picture

Should I

tag all my previously posted marine/littoral (i.e. tidal pool) observations with SeaKeys?

Tony Rebelo's picture

Up to you.

Up to you.

Certainly all your future ones if you want to participate in the atlas!

I would say: if a toss up between new observations and going back, then new observations please.

Pbsouthwood's picture

Please do

if and when you have the time.

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
Photos licensed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Tony Rebelo's picture

A coordinator!!

Congratulations to Rose Palmer as the Sea Fish Atlas coordinator!

Looking forward to this Atlas immensely!!

RosePalmer's picture

thanks!

it will be very exciting to see what we get out of it!

SeaKeys Fish Atlas Coordinator
r.thornycroft@sanbi.org.za
https://www.facebook.com/SeaFishAtlas
@SeaKeysSA (twitter)

Lee Jones's picture

Congratulations!

Hope you have LOADS of fun - love seeing the tweets @ACEP_ZA! Stunning programme!

RosePalmer's picture

ACEP

Yes have been getting some amazing footage of reef off durban, will definitely be getting more photos up on here from the trip in the near future :)

SeaKeys Fish Atlas Coordinator
r.thornycroft@sanbi.org.za
https://www.facebook.com/SeaFishAtlas
@SeaKeysSA (twitter)

Pbsouthwood's picture

Sea Fish Atlas badges

According to the text above, only for people who have ten or more observations.
Should we not also recognize those contributors who don't have the opportunity to photograph the fish, but contribute with good identifications? The same principle could be applied to all SeaKeys project badges.
I accept that actual observations are essential to the project and should carry a greater weight than IDs, which could, in theory, be added at any time, but the enthusiasm and skill of some of our fish/nudibranch/etc. identifiers are of great value to the project. It is disheartening to have no ID for your observation, and corrections and other improvements are what iSpot is all about.
I suggest issue the badge at a conversion of 10 improved identifications equivalent to each observation (would accept fewer if there is consensus), so 100 IDs would get you the badge.

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
Photos licensed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Tony Rebelo's picture

agreed

But observations are easy to evaluate. Identifications (and agreements) are not so easy to check, so that eligible users will have to notify us that they have reached these milestones for the badge.
Or alternatively, when someone else notices - one can validate or evaluate on the user's profile (click on their name to see it) - if they can inform us of the user's eligibility.

Pbsouthwood's picture

Understood

It would not be automatic.
I will play around a bit and see how difficult it is to count. User profile would be most helpful for Fish, not much for other groups.

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
Photos licensed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Tony Rebelo's picture

Project

Pbsouthwood's picture

Sea Fish Atlas tag #5000

At http://www.ispotnature.org/node/711529
Which is also SeaKeys tag #15350

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
Photos licensed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Neville Ayliffe's picture

Old pictures

I was a dive operator at Sodwana Bay for many years, and have collected hundreds of pics of fish and corals, mostly of individuals. Would you like me to submit some, or all? I am able to ID most of them, or must i leave that to the team

Tony Rebelo's picture

see

Pbsouthwood's picture

See replies on Sea Coral Atlas project page