';
side-area-logo

WHO ARE WE – AND HOW DO YOU FIT IN?

THIS IS

THE SHARK ACADEMY

delimiter image

For over 10 years, the South African Shark Conservancy (SASC) has dedicated its efforts to promoting the conservation and sustainable use of living marine resources. During this time we realized just how passionate we are about working with young scientists and conservationists like you. Consequently, we founded the Shark Academy – the skills development and training division of SASC. We work with you to help you develop the skills and tools required to pursue a career in marine science – or simply provide you with a sneak peek into the life of a shark scientist.

The overarching goal of our work is to improve conservation and management strategies for these iconic animals. Be a part, join our team and make a positive and long lasting contribution to our research!

SHARK SCIENCE, HANDS ON

OUR RESEARCH

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.

THE SHARK ACADEMY

OUR TEAM

Meaghen McCord Director & Scientist
Natalia Drobniewska Operations Manager
Martyn Jakins-Pollard Program Manager
Josh Williams Field Manager
Philipp Oppermann Brand Manager
Mariana Smal Administrator

SCIENCE WITH A VIEW

OUR LAB

You will find our research lab on the shoreline of Walker Bay – the heart of the Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot. We are at the center of a global shark diversity hotspot, with more than 60 species of shark, skate, ray and chimaera. The Shark Lab is a fully functional wet lab comprising in-house shark research facilities. It also contains an education center, as well as staff and student offices. The Shark Lab has a flow-through saltwater system and houses endemic sharks which are used for research and education purposes.

SHARING A VISION

OUR PARTNERS

YOU CAN HELP

SUPPORT US

You can’t join the Shark Academy? No problem: we offer several research sponsorship opportunities for people who would like to contribute to our work. Check out our campaigns on GivenGain and choose one that suits your needs. Of course we’re open for other forms of donation too, so if you would like to contribute in other ways just get in touch.

SHARK GUARDIAN

Help identify critical shark habitats. Receive live updates from our Research Team!

SHARK HERO

Name your shark! Receive ongoing data on your adopted shark. Be a Shark Hero today!

SHARK SPONSOR

Help us spend more time in the field studying your shark of choice. Be a Shark Sponsor today!