What we do
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.
Science to conserve sharks
RESEARCH AT SASC
We employ a multi-pronged research approach to understand the role of sharks in coastal ecosystems, with a focus on developing biological baselines.
Shark Research Program
Internship & volunteer placement opportunities to build skills, experience life in the field & work with sharks & our team in Africa.
A shark diversity hotspot
THE SHARK LAB
The SASC Shark Lab is situated on the shoreline of Walker Bay, in the heart of the Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot. With more than 60 species of shark, skate, ray and chimaera described in this area, the Shark Lab is at the center of a global shark hotspot. The lab itself is a fully functional wet lab comprised of in-house shark research facilities, education center and staff and student offices. A flow-through seawater system enables us to house endemic shark species which are used for research and education purposes.
Intern & Volunteer placements
SHARK RESEARCH PROGRAM
If you are an early career biologist or conservationist – or just passionate about sharks and oceans – the SASC Shark Research Program might be for you. This program is designed to develop research, lab & field skills, as well as introduce program participants to the realities of working life at a field station. Shark Research Program participants are expected to contribute to every aspect of our daily operations, from field research to equipment and lab maintenance. This is an exceptional program for anyone looking for a life-changing, career development opportunity.
Field & experimental research
STUDY WITH SASC
We have hosted and supported numerous post-graduate students who have conducted their research in the field and in the Shark Lab. Previous student projects have focused on the behaviour, biology and ecology of endemic and commercially important Chondrichthyans in this shark diversity hotspot. Students interested in pursuing a research project with SASC must be affiliated to a University and have an academic supervisor. SASC does not fund student research, but does provide field, technical and local expertise to support research. Post-graduate students must stay a minimum of 6 months and must submit a research proposal, with proof of funding, prior to undertaking research at the Shark Lab.
Help save sharks
SUPPORT SHARK SCIENCE
If you want to support shark science in Africa, consider supporting SASC by adopting a shark. A once-off donation of $450 buys you an acoustic tag which will be used to study the movement ecology & critical habitats of endemic & important sharks species in South Africa. And the best part? Each tag will give us 10 years of data that will be used to help save some of Earth’s most threatened species.
Driving conservation change
Women in Shark Science
Each November, SASC hosts six promising young women from around the world for a month of intensive field research and experiential education with a focus on shark science techniques and conservation. Women in Shark Science addresses the historically low involvement of women in science-based fields to inspire a global shift in the attitude towards women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Each young woman is carefully selected from a global list of candidates based on video interviews, personal objectives and their passion for ocean conservation and science communication. To learn more about Women in Shark Science, Contact Us for details.
Communicating science. Driving conservation change.
SASC in the media
Inspired by science. Driven by passion.
MEET THE SASC TEAM
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Educators, Scientists, Tourists
VISIT THE SASC SHARK LAB
If you are an educator, scientist or a tourist interested in visiting the SASC Shark Lab, give us a call or drop us an email to organize a visit to meet the sharks & our team. We also run tours each weekday from 10-11 & 2-3. Entry for public tours is free, but donations to support our work are welcome.
Old Harbour, Old Harbour Museum
Marine Drive, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)28 312 3029