Shark conservation

Project name:

South African Shark Conservancy

Project purpose:

Shark conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

625

Marine

South Africa

Africa

Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain qualification and/or credits

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

shared house

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, breakfast included, shark academy orientation and training, return transport to airport,

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Volunteering (weekly rate - off season Sep-Mar: 550 USD/week)

$625

Internship (weekly rate - off season Sep-Mar: 500 USD/week)

$575

Post-Grad students (Tailored solution, additional fees apply)

$110

As a small team, we work hard to ensure you get the most out of your experience at the Shark Academy. You will spend days at sea, assist with shark tagging and deploy baited remote underwater video (BRUV) systems. You will help with ecological surveys, run focal surveys on Great White Sharks, contribute to database management and data analysis, participate in lectures, workshops, and much more.

Have a look at the summary of different activities you may participate in during your time. These are embedded in a flexible weekly schedule, which is very much weather-dependent and changes often.

Get your hands dirty: training at the Shark Academy emphasises a combination of hands-on lab and field work. You will quickly become an integral member of our team, helping our researchers handle and tag sharks by the end of your first week at the Academy.

Training fundamentals

  • Ocean & Coast in SA

  • Shark Evolution & Ecology

  • Sharks & Fisheries

  • Shark population dynamics

  • Science Comms. workshop

  • Trophic Ecology & Sharks

Field activities

  • Shark diversity surveys

  • Underwater shark census

  • Shark tagging

  • Sharks after dark

  • BRUV Deployment

Lab activities

  • Shark handling

  • Shark husbandry

  • Data entry and management

  • Shark dissection

  • Shark sampling

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

Wasn't finished...

Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

An Experience of a Lifetime