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African Institute for Marine and Underwater Research, Exploration and Education

The Organisation

The AIMURE is a non-profit organisation. Any sponsorship or potential rewards from its activities are directly used to further the Institute’s objectives. The Institute strives to be as inclusive as possible. Its geographical focus is the continent of Africa. The AIMURE is already recognized as a leader in its field by international scientists and organisations.

To Download a presentation Overview of The Aimure click here: English Dutch


The African Institute for Marine and Underwater Research, Exploration and Education (AIMURE) was established in October 2012. It is an entirely independent successor of a former institute that was created in 1999.

The AIMURE is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO) that is registered with the South African Department of Social Development. The AIMURE was created to stimulate and support African marine, maritime and underwater studies.

To Download our Certificate of Registration of a Non-Profit Organisation Click Here

The Haarlem Project
Links between the Netherlands and South Africa date back to the seventeenth century. During the course of this period of more than 400 years, initial sporadic contacts developed into current strong socio-economic bonds and cooperation at various levels between these two nations. The Haarlem Project is a mutual Dutch-South African project that will explore some of these important historic links further.
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Objectives of AIMURE

To actively develop and pursue projects that promote research, exploration and education related to the marine, maritime and underwater environments.
Secondary Objectives are:
1. to establish a group of volunteers that support the organisation in its activities;
2. to liaise with other organisations and professionals that can assist in furthering the Institute’s objectives;
3. to create a base which students of various disciplines can use as a launch pad to further their studies of the marine and underwater environments;
4. to reach a point where such studies can be coordinated and international co-operation can be achieved;
5. to provide specialist training, specifically aimed at young people from previously disadvantaged communities;
6. to inform and educate the general public through public lectures, publications, documentaries and other forms of information;
7. to establish a suitable infrastructure that inter alia consists of premises, staff and equipment;
8. to acquire funding for the ongoing financing of equipment, projects, publication, training, salaries and other expenses.


To extend the current public education programme through lectures, short courses and involvement in research
To further develop the recently established AIMURE Dive Unit, as well as to increase underwater training
To expand its Social Development Programme specifically aimed at young people from previously disadvantaged communities
Ongoing publication of research results in academic journals and the popular media


The AIMURE’s identity is visualized by its logo. This was designed by Dutch artist Eloy Werz. The digital version was produced by graphic artists Tinus de Bruin and Jessica Warner.
The centre part of the logo is taken up by an anchor. The anchor is an old symbol representing ‘hope’. This partly represents the maritime aspect, but is often also used to indicate the ‘Cape of Good Hope’, the location where the Institute is based.

The three waves represent the past (bottom), present (centre) and the future (top). The symbolic meaning of these waves is that the AIMURE’s work is directly related to the sea. Although part of the Institute’s activities relate to the past (maritime archaeology), other research such as marine biology has a bearing on the present. The outcomes of AIMURE’s research projects, as well as those of its Social Development Programme, will hopefully contribute positively to the future.

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