The programme is hosted in Gansbaai, roughly two hours out of the beautiful Cape Town, in an incredibly dynamic coastal ecosystem. Our main objective is to contribute to the conservation of white sharks and other sharks, and maintain the health and vitality of our oceans. As a volunteer you will have the chance to be involved with a number of marine research projects including: White shark behaviour and demographics, shark and ray diversity and abundance, fish diversity and abundance, rocky shores surveys and marine debris surveys. We take a holistic approach towards shark conservation, as it is vital to gain an overall understanding of ecological functioning. During your stay you will play a vital role in data collection, learn how to manage such data, and gain valuable skills in marine research in the field with the employment of a number of different research techniques including shark and fish controlled angling surveys, snorkeling, and baited remote underwater video (BRUV).
We are committed to the conservation of sharks, other marine creatures and our seas through our research and data collection. We hold a permit awarded by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). Our research contributes to a national database compiled by DEA. We collaborate closely with the University of Stellenbosch on several projects, including a white shark fin ID database and a genetic samples study. We often help out at the local animal shelter and we do regular beach and harbour clean-ups in collaboration with 7Seasrope, a company that transforms recycled fishing line into bracelets. Further to this, our marine biologist holds a weekly workshop for the local Gansbaai Academia School’s Marine Science Club. These lectures aim to educate the students about the vulnerability of our delicate marine ecosystem and the importance of sustaining it. We also provide these students with pro bono educational trips aboard our affiliate shark cage diving vessel, courtesy of White Shark Diving Company and staff.