SAAMBR boardroom named in honour of Len Chiazzari

Len Chiazzari and SAAMBR President Barry Rebeck

The South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) recently honoured William Leonard Chiazzari, in recognition of his 60 years of dedication to the organisation and to marine conservation.

The official naming the SAAMBR boardroom in Len’s honour acknowledges a lifelong contribution by the architect, ornithologist, botanist, pilot, historian, artist and author.

Len’s commitment to marine conservation was ignited during two 1940s expeditions to Kosi Bay. In 1948 the Society for the Preservation of Wildlife visited Tongaland and observed that the waters of KwaZulu-Natal’s coastline were abundant in fish and marine life.

Following the visits, and cognisant of the importance of protecting an incredible marine resource, the idea of establishing the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) was born.

In December 1960 Len became a director and member of the SAAMBR council, a position he held until his retirement in August 2012.

During the intervening years he has played an invaluable oversight role in the organisation, and has provided strategic support to a succession of directors.

More than 60 years since those early days, SAAMBR – a non-profit company and public benefit organisation – remains true to its core objective of marine conservation in KwaZulu-Natal, Southern Africa and the East African seaboard, maintaining a visionary legacy that will benefit future generations.

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