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Research


Sharks, skates & rays

Our elasmobranch research focuses on understanding the biology & ecology of sharks, skates & rays for management purposes. Sampling methods employed include conventional tagging, morphometrics, genetics & stable isotope analyses. Since 2010 we have tagged >1000 elamobranchs, representing 25 species.

Baited Remote Underwater Video

BRUV research at SASC is focused on the collection of baseline diversity & abundance data. Research also investigates the effectiveness of different marine management regimes, including seasonal MPAs. Our BRUV study is focused in Walker Bay.

Cetacean monitoring

Cetacean research at SASC is focused on southern right whales (Eubalaena australis). Together with our commercial partner, Southern Right Charters, we monitor spatio-temporal behaviour of whales & dolphins in Walker Bay. Research techniques include photo identification, behavioural coding and environmental monitoring.

Estuarine ecology

SASC is conducting ecological research in the Klein River estuary, which flows into Walker Bay. Research is currently focused on using macroinvertebrates as ecological indicators. Research to investigate broader ecological functioning, including trophic ecology, is planned. Sampling techniques include benthic grabs, kick sampling, taxonomic identification & monitoring of environmental parameters.

Marine debris

In 2014 SASC began monitoring seasonal deposition and accumulation rates of macro- & micro-plastics on the beaches of Walker Bay. This long-term study aims to identify key polluters & implement an awareness initiative to change polluter behaviours. Additionally, studies to investigate ingestion rates & bioaccumulation of micro-plastics in local marine fauna are planned.

Kelp forest ecology

This project investigates the ecological role of mesopredators in kelp forest ecosystems. In particular, research efforts are focused on trophic interactions and foodweb dynamics which aim to quantify the ecological importance of demersal sharks in a warm-temperate environment.

Internships with SASC


An experience of a lifetime

Our research is focused on the development of biological & ecological baselines, as well as long-term monitoring of species diversity, abundance and habitat use within Walker Bay & along the South African coast. As a SASC intern you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of research projects designed to provide early career scientists with unparalleled field- & lab-based experience. Depending on the time of year you join our team, you may participate in: cetacean monitoring; elasmobranch surveys; marine debris surveys; estuarine surveys; baited remote underwater video (BRUV) surveys. Data collected by our interns are used for informing conservation & management objectives.

Some of the best "selfies" in the World

An incredible learning opportunity

Building lasting relationships

$1650 per month
1 Month Internship
$1485 per month
3 Month Internship

The Shark Lab


Education & awareness

Husbandry & aquarium maintenance

Collecting & processing samples

Tagging sharks

Student research projects

Lab research

Community outreach

Dissections

Shark catching

The SASC Team


Meaghen McCord

Founding Director

Meaghen founded SASC in 2007. She has an MSc in Fisheries Science & a BSc Honours Degree in Marine Biology. She is a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group & has spent 17 years working on various aspects of shark biology, ecology and management.

Tamzyn Zweig

Research Scientist

Tamzyn has been working with SASC since 2010, when she first joined the team as a student. She is the Principal Investigator for the SASC RecFishSA program & oversees day-to-day management of the SASC Research Facility.

Katie Gledhill

Research Scientist

Katie has been working with SASC since 2010, when she first joined the team as an intern. Katie was the Lab Manager of the Bimini Biological Field Station for 4 years & is currently the Principal Investigator for a project partnership between the Earthwatch Institute & SASC.

Ruth Harries

Intern Coordinator

Ruth has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation & a MSc in Aquatic Ecology. She has conducted research on sharks in Bimini & Florida, and has worked for the Zoological Society London on behalf of the Marine Reserves Coalition.

Natalia Drobniewska

Lab Manager

Natalia first joined the SASC team as an intern. She was hired as Lab Manager due to her obvious dedication & passion. She currently manages day-to-day operations in the lab & supervises field-related activities.

Publications


A selection of our peer reviewed publications

• da Silva, C., M.E. McCord, S.E. Kerwath, S. J. Lamberth, R. Leslie, W.H.H. Sauer, T.Zweig. (In prep). A review of South African shark fisheries.

• McCord M.E., Lamberth S.J, Kerwath S.E., Erasmus C., Zweig T., da Silva C., Wilke C. (In press). Spatio-temporal dynamics of fish and fisheries in the Breede River estuary, South Africa. In: Proceedings of the South African Marine Linefish Symposium.
• Curtis T.H, Bruce B, Cliff G, Dudley, S.J, Klimley, P.A, Kock A, Lea, R.N, Lowe C.G, McCosker, J.E, Skomal G.B, Werry J.M, West, J.G. (2012) Responding to the risk of white shark attack: Updated statistics, prevention, control methods and recommendations. In Global Perspectives on the Biology and Life History of the Great White Shark, ed. Michael L. Domeier, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
• 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.
• Huveneers, C., Rogers, P.J., Semmens, J., Beckmann, A.A. Kock, B. Page & Goldsworthy, S. (2012) Providing a safe working environment for marine activities: risk assessment of the efficacy of the Shark Shield™ electric deterrent. Final Report to SafeWork South Australia. South Australian Research and Development Institute (Aquatic Sciences), Adelaide
• Kock, A. A., Titley, S., Petersen, W., Sikweyiya, M., Tsotsobe, S., Colenbrander, D., Gold, H. and Oelofse, G. (2012). Shark Spotters: A pioneering shark safety programme in Cape Town, South Africa. In Global Perspectives on the Biology and Life History of the Great White Shark, ed. Michael L. Domeier, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
• 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.
• Laroche, R. K, Kock, A. A., Dill, L. and Oosthuizen, H. (2008). Running the gauntlet: a predator-prey game between sharks and two age classes of seals. Animal Behaviour. Vol. 76: 1901-1917.
• Laroche, R. K, Kock, A. A., Dill, L. and Oosthuizen, H. (2007). Effects of provisioning ecotourism activity on the behaviour of white sharks Carcharodon carcharias. Marine Ecology Progress Series. Vol. 338: 199–209.
• Kock A. A., Johnson, R.L., Bester M.N., Compagno L., Cliff G., Dudley S., Gennari E., Griffiths C.L., Kotze D., Laroche K., Meyer M.A., Oosthuizen W.H. and Swanson, S. (2006). White shark abundance: not a causative factor in numbers of shark bite incidents. In Nel. D. C. and Peschak, T. P. (eds). Finding a balance: White shark conservation and recreational safety in the inshore waters of Cape Town, South Africa: proceedings of a specialist workshop. WWF South Africa Report Series – 2006/Marine/001.
• Johnson, R.L., Kock A. A., M.N. Bester, L. Compagno, S. Dudley, C.L. Griffiths, T. Keswick, P.G.H. Kotze, K. Laroche, M.A. Meyër, W.H. Oosthuizen, S. Swanson & L Jacobs (2006). South Africa’s white shark cage-diving industry – is there cause for concern? In Nel. D. C. and Peschak, T. P. (eds). Finding a balance: White shark conservation and recreational safety in the inshore waters of Cape Town, South Africa: proceedings of a specialist workshop. WWF South Africa Report Series – 2006/Marine/001.
• Oelofse, G., Kock, A, Johnson, R. & Haskins, C. (2006). Is there a relationship between white shark presence and the management of city estuaries and river mouths? In Nel. D. C. and Peschak, T. P. (eds). Finding a balance: White shark conservation and recreational safety in the inshore waters of Cape Town, South Africa: proceedings of a specialist workshop. WWF South Africa Report Series – 2006/Marine/001.
• 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.

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