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CONSERVATION THROUGH RESEARCH, EDUCATION & OUTREACH

WELCOME TO THE

SOUTH AFRICAN SHARK CONSERVANCY

The South African Shark Conservancy (SASC) is an NGO based in Hermanus, Western Cape. We have spent the past 11 years studying sharks and ocean ecosystems in the Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot. Our mission is to promote the sustainable use and conservation of living marine resources using a holistic research approach.

SHARK SCIENCE, HANDS ON

OUR RESEARCH

Research at SASC is focused on the development of biological baselines and the general ecology of Chondrichthyans. Our long-term research goals are to: (1) improve understanding of the role of sharks in ocean ecosystems and (2) develop sustainable and pragmatic conservation and management paradigms for sharks. We use a combination of field- and lab-based research techniques to achieve our goals. To date we have tagged >3000 sharks representing 27 species.

POWERED BY SASC

OUR FLAGSHIP PROGRAMS

Over the years SASC has developed flagship programs and initiatives which represent our holistic approach to research, development and training. Read more about these programs, below, and learn more about what drives our team.

THE SHARK ACADEMY

Skills development & training with sharks.

SHARK BOOTCAMP

3 or 4 day experiential education opportunities for children & teachers.

WOMEN IN SHARK SCIENCE

Working with young women to encourage interest in STEM.

SHARK EXPEDITIONS

Science-based shark eco-tourism expeditions with our team of shark scientists

SHARK SCIENCE DIVING

Dive training to work with sharks in the field.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Freediving eco-trips with sharks in Hermanus.

SCIENCE WITH PURPOSE

THE SHARK LAB

The SASC Shark Lab is the central hub of all our work. The Shark Lab is home to the Shark Academy: our skills development and training division. It houses experimental tanks, a student office, education center, and an administrative office. To ensure our research and collaborative science is robust and meaningful, research conducted by the Shark Lab is subject to peer-review.

SHARING A VISION

 OUR PARTNERS

YOU CAN HELP

SUPPORT US

You can’t take part at the Shark Academy? No problem: we offer several research sponsorship opportunities for people who would like to contribute to our work. Check out our campaigns on GivenGain and choose one that suits your needs. Of course we’re open for other forms of donation too, so if you would like to contribute in other ways, just get in touch.

SHARK GUARDIAN

Help identify critical shark habitats. Receive live updates from our Research Team!

SHARK HERO

Name your shark! Receive ongoing data on your adopted shark. Be a Shark Hero today!

SHARK SPONSOR

Help us spend more time in the field studying your shark of choice. Be a Shark Sponsor today!