Shark & Marine Research Institute Shark & Marine Research Institute Ganbaai, South Africa Shark & Marine Research Inst.
We are committed to the conservation of sharks, other marine creatures and our oceans through dedicated research and community outreach projects.

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Project Details

We are committed to the conservation of sharks, other marine animals and our oceans. Volunteering with us provides the chance to contribute to meaningful research.

The plight of sharks and rays is at a critical point across the planet. Our organisation was formed in 2015 in response to the dwindling numbers of these species, as well as our passion for nature and its diverse creatures. Our goals are to conserve sharks and other marine creatures, to preserve the vitality of our oceans, and to ultimately protect our global environment.

Volunteering with our organisation is a unique opportunity to gain experience in marine research and white shark conservation. We provide a true educational experience, employing scientific techniques to learn more about our ecosystem. Our volunteers play a vital role in data collection, learn how to manage such data, gain valuable skills in the field, and are involved with all outreach and educational projects. This makes our Adventure a perfect fit for practicing or aspiring conservationists, marine biologists and other scientists. However, there are no specific skills, qualifications or requirements necessary to participate in our programme, except basic English and a basic level of fitness. We welcome all like-minded individuals - who are passionate about our seas, animals and the environment in general - to join us in making a difference to our oceans!

Our project is based in the coastal town of Gansbaai, South Africa, roughly 2.5 hours from the city of Cape Town, which is home to one of the new Seven Natural Wonders in the World - Table Mountain. Our lovely project house overlooks the sea and is located just minutes from the slipways where we launch our boats.

During your time here you will be involved with the following research projects:
1. White shark population monitoring
2. Elasmobranch diversity and abundance project (Including catch and release tagging trips, genetic sampling and kelp snorkelling surveys)
3. BRUVs biodiversity project

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Samantha Hansen
Samantha Hansen
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

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.
Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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