The South African Shark Conservancy (SASC) is an NGO dedicated to promoting conservation and sustainable use of living marine resources through research, education and outreach. Our research is focused on sharks and their habitats. The overarching goal of our work is to improve conservation and management stratergies for these iconic animals. 


Research at SASC is focused on biology and ecology, with an emphasis on understanding the role of sharks in ocean ecosystems. We use a combination of field and lab-based research techniques to study more than 25 species of shark, skate and ray. We employ a holistic, ecosystem-based approach to all our projects, thereby ensuring our work has pragmatic conservation and management outcomes. Learn more about our research.


  • Roberson, L., C. Sanguinetti, M.E. McCord, C. Attwood. (In prep). Analysis of fish-kelp community associations using baited remote underwater video (BRUV).
  • Bitalo, D, J.M. Cuevas, J. Ovenden, S. Hernández, C. da Silva, M.E McCord, R. Roodt-Wilding, A.E. Bester-van der Merwe. (In review). Phylogeography and population connectivity of tope shark (Galeorhinus galeus) across South Africa’s coastline and the Southern Hemisphere.
  • da Silva, C., M.E. McCord, S.E. Kerwath, S. J. Lamberth, R. Leslie, W.H.H. Sauer, T.Zweig. (2015). A review of South African shark fisheries. African Journal of Marine Science.
  • McCord M.E., Lamberth S.J, Kerwath S.E., Erasmus C., Zweig T., da Silva C., Wilke C. (2015). Spatio-temporal dynamics of fish and fisheries in the Breede River estuary, South Africa. In: Proceedings of the South African Marine Linefish Symposium.
  • Guttridge, T.L, Gruber, S.H., Franks, B.R., Kessel, S.T., Gledhill, K.S, Uphill, J., Krause, J. and Sims, D.W. (2012). Deep danger: intra-specific predation risk influences habitat use and aggregation formation of juvenile lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 445: 279-291.
  • Guttridge, T.L, Gruber, S.H., Gledhill, K.S, Croft, D.P., Sims, D.W., and Krause, J. (2009). Social preferences of juvenile lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris. Animal Behaviour. 78(2):543-548.
  • McCord, M.E. And S.J. Lamberth. (2009). Tracking the world’s largest Zambezi shark (Carcharhinus leucas): the first 43 hours. Short comm. African Journal of Marine Science. 31(1): 107-111.
  • McCord, M.E. (2005). Aspects of the ecology and management of the soupfin shark (Galeorhinus galeus). MSc thesis, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
  • McCord, M.E. and S.E. Campana. (2003). A quantitative assessment of the diet of blue sharks (Prionace glauca) in Nova Scotia, Canada. Journal of Northwest Atlantic Fishery Science. 32: 57-63.