THE SHARK RESEARCH UNIT

The Shark Research Unit is on a mission to ensure the long-term health of the shark populations in South Africa.  We achieve our goals through conducting novel research, education, and conservation projects within our priority regions.

Great White Shark Internship

Great White Shark during shark research internship training program at Mossel Bay south africa

Experiential training program conducting research on the oceans apex predator, the great white shark in Mossel Bay, South Africa

Shark Development Program

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Develop your career and employment opportunities as a shark specialist. Master shark diving, media collection, citizen science, ecotourism operations and much more.

Sharkslive Film Internship

Great White Shark swimming during shark research internship training program at Mossel Bay south africa

Join the broadcast team producing the live streaming productions of great white shark cage diving expeditions out of Mossel Bay, South Africa. 

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

Shark fisherman prosecution

State witness and scientific expert in the first prosecution of a fisherman illegally catching a white shark in RSA

30 academic publications

Researchers have authored over 30 peer-reviewed academic publications in local & international journals.

Aliwal Shoal shark population status

We maintain a scientifically valid population assessment of 4 shark species on Aliwal Shoal

Rocky bay shark net removals

We co-led a successful campaign to have shark nets removed from Rocky Bay within the Aliwal Shoal MPA

Great white sharks on CITES appendix 2

We used collaborative satellite tracking research to motivate the listing of white sharks on CITES Appendix 2

SA's most collobrative research project

Chief scientist on OCEARCH project – Most collaborative shark project with $5 million funding and 40 researchers

Scientific experts on 50+ documentaries

Our scientists have appeared on over 50 international documentaries advocating for sharks

Longest shark migration recorded

Collaborated in tracking the famous great white shark Nicole, from South Africa to Australia and back

ADOPT A SHARK

A fun way to support the research and conservation projects of the Shark Research Unit. Enjoy naming and following the adventures of a unique shark that you proudly adopt. Great personalised gifts for shark mad loved ones! 

MEET OUR NEWLY ADOPTED SHARKS

LATEST NEWS

Share in our shark world. Read and enjoy our latest articles featuring our work and news from the shark world. 

PARTNERS & AFFILIATES

Is your dream to work with sharks?

ABOUT US

The Shark Research Unit is a shark and marine research and conservation institute driven by a passionate team of shark experts. We are located in South Africa and work in two regions of priority – Aliwal Shoal and Mossel Bay. 

Our core purpose is to conduct and support original shark research, conservation and education programs through strategic partnerships with marine scientists, postgraduate students, ecotourism operators and academic institutes. 

Our focus extends to nurturing a new generation (of all ages) of shark scientists, professionals and enthusiasts. We achieve this through our great white shark research internship, learner outreach programs and expert guided shark edu-tours  

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MOSSEL BAY CENTER

  • 182 Aalwyn Way
  • Aalwyndal
  • Mossel Bay 6520
  • South Africa

ALIWAL SHOAL CENTRE

  • 34 Egerton Rd
  • Freeland Park
  • Schottburgh 4180
  • South Africa

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