Prof Johan Groeneveld

PhD (University of Cape Town, 2001)
Senior Scientist

Research Interests

  • Regional fisheries research programmes in the Western Indian Ocean
  • Fisheries ecology
  • Spiny lobster biology
  • Gear impacts on the marine environment
  • Stock assessments
  • Bycatch of long-line fisheries
  • Functioning of large marine ecosystems
  • Genetic connectivity of fished populations
  • Fisheries management


  • South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP)
  • Fisheries biology and ecology (mainly crustaceans)
  • Genetic connectivity in the marine environment (larval dispersal; stock units; spiny lobsters; langoustines; prawns)
  • Impacts of fishing on target stocks, biodiversity (bycatch) and the environment
  • Assessments for eco-labelling (i.e. Marine Stewardship Council)
  • Shark bycatches in long-line fisheries
  • Advanced scientific capacity building in Western Indian Ocean marine research

Current students

  • Four MSc students (James Robey, Alan Foulis, Lourenzo Zacharias and Thomas Mkare) graduated in 2013
  • Maggie Reddy – started with a PhD in 2013


  • DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries)
  • DEA (Department of Environmental Affairs)
  • Stellenbosch University (Department of Botany and Zoology)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal (School of Life Sciences)
  • Rhodes University (DIFS)
  • Norwegian College of Fisheries Science (Tromso)
  • Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)
  • Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI)
  • Instituto de Investigação Pesqueira (IIP, Maputo, Mozambique)
  • Center of Excellence in Marine Biotechnology,  Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
  • Intertek Moody (UK)

Recent publications

  • Groeneveld JC, Everett BI, Fennessy ST, Kirkman SP, Santos J, Robertson WR (2013) – Spatial distribution patterns, abundance and population structure of deep-sea crab Chaceon macphersoni based on complementary analyses of trap and trawl data. Marine and Freshwater Research  (
  • Groeneveld JC, Goñi R, Diaz D (2013) – Palinurus Species: Chapter 11 in Lobsters: Biology, Management, Aquaculture and Fisheries, 2nd edition. Edited by BF Phillips. Published by John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, p. 326-356.
  • Munga CN,  Mwangi S, Ong’anda H,  Ruwa R, Manyala J, Groeneveld JC, Kimani E, Vanreusel A (2013) – Species composition, distribution patterns and population structure of penaeid shrimps in Malindi-Ungwana Bay, Kenya, based on experimental bottom trawl surveys. Fish. Res. (
  • Groeneveld JC, Kirkman SP, Boucher M, Yemane D  (2012) – From biomass mining to sustainable fishing – using abundance and size to define a spatial management framework for deep-water lobster. African Journal of Marine Science 34(4): 547-557.
  • Groeneveld JC, von der Heyden S, Matthee CA (2012) – High connectivity and lack of mtDNA differentiation among two previously recognised spiny lobster species in the southern Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Marine Biology Research 8(8): 764-770.
  • Groeneveld et al. (2012) Volume I:Retrospective analysis of existing data on deep-water trap fisheries for crustaceans in the South West Indian Ocean. Specialist Report. March 2012. SWIOFP RMU, KMFRI, Mombasa, Kenya (50 pp).
  • Groeneveld JC, Heinecken C (2010) SWIOFP Observer Manual – An Illustrated Manual for Training Fisheries Observers for Deployment on Commercial Fishing Vessels Active in the South West Indian Ocean. October 2010. SWIOFP RMU, KMFRI, Mombasa, Kenya (153 pp)