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ABOUT THE RESEARCH UNIT

The Blue Wilderness Research Unit is a subsidiary of Blue Wilderness. Our core purpose is to conduct original shark research, conservation and education programs within the Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected area and South Africa at large.  

what we do

The Blue Wilderness Research Unit’s core work places focus on the 3 pillars – Marine Research, Education and Conservation. 

Research

Conservation

Education

how we do it

The Research Unit’s work includes special projects designed to produce tangible benefits for the sharks of Aliwal Shoal and South Africa.

Projects

Campaigns

Outreach

volunteer

Volunteer and live ‘shark week’ every week, as part of our team dedicated to the conservation of Aliwal Shoals sharks.

Team

Jessica Escobar-Porras

Director of Research

Jessica is one of kwa-Zulu Natal’s best known shark biologists, having conducted her masters and Phd research on the Aliwal Shoal sharks. Jessica runs the Blue Wilderness Research Unit, hosting our shark volunteers and guiding our postgraduate students. Read more

Ryan Johnson

Co-founder / Biologist

Ryan is a renowned shark biologist whose reputation was built on 15 years of great white shark research. His desire to explore and understand the marine world has resulted in Ryan leading worldwide documentary expeditions for Geographic and Discovery channels.

Mia Vorster

Field Specialist / Guide

Mia is the very organised manageress of Blue Wilderness and joins into the unit work as a specialist field research guide and technician. Mia offers the unit her considerable experience in SCUBA diving and underwater exploration of the Aliwal Shoal.

Jackie Griffin

Program Consultent

Jackie is the units dedicated communications expert. She work extensively with prospective volunteers, postgraduate students, media companies and scientists when planning partnerships with the Blue Wilderness Research Unit

PROFESSIONAL BODIES

Blue Wilderness Research Unit’s team are professional members of, and gain permissions from, South Africa’s marine authorities

Recent news

CITES 2013 Offers Protection for Shark and Manta Species

From Sunday 14 September, international trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally. New controls adopted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild [...]

20 New Marine Protected Areas Proclaimed in South Africa

A Marine Protected Area (MPA) is an area of coastline or ocean that is specially protected for the benefit of people and nature. MARINE PROTECTED AREAS MPAs help manage part of the marine environment to promote fisheries sustainability, keep marine ecosystems working properly, and protect the range of species living there, helping people to benefit [...]

ABOUT US

The Blue Wilderness Research Unit is a subsidiary of Blue Wilderness. Our core purpose is to conduct original shark research, conservation and education programs at Aliwal Shoal, South Africa.  We achieve these goals though collaborating with affiliated scientists and postgraduate students. 

CONNECT WITH US

ADDRESS

  • 11 Escombe Cresent
  • Freeland Park
  • Scottburgh
  • South Africa

EMAIL

  • research@bluewilderness.co.za

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