Growing up in a small coastal community in northern Mozambique, a passion for the outdoors was entrenched in me early on in my life. Under the mentorship of my family and friends, I developed a deep love for both the ocean and the bush, which drove my desire to understand it and play my part in conserving it. I spent many holidays working on the local cob farm, which entailed scuba-diving to accomplish a range of tasks (not a bad job at all). Those days spent changing nets and collecting dead fish steered me to study aquaculture, and thus I enrolled at Rhodes University. After completing my honors in aquaculture field of research, I shifted my focus to recreational fisheries science. As an avid fisherman, I wanted to do research that would contribute to improving the effectiveness of South Africa’s recreational fisheries management. Consequently, I am looking at South Africa’s recreational fishing permit scheme.

Research interests

Recreational fisheries, fisheries management, fisheries legislation, social sciences, aquaculture

Current research

The South African marine recreational fishing permit scheme: fisher attitudes and perceptions of permits, buying trends, and income expenditure.

Aidan du Preez

Masters Student

Rhodes University