Shark Spotters is a pioneering shark safety and research organisation that has attracted international attention because of the novel way it pro-actively reduces interactions and conflict between recreational water users and white sharks.

Started in 2004 in response to a spate of shark bite incidents and increased shark sightings, Shark Spotters is now the primary shark safety strategy used in Cape Town.

Shark Spotters improves beach safety by applying innovative and responsible shark safety solutions that reduce the spatial overlap between people and sharks, thereby reducing the risk of a shark bite. We also provide emergency response in the event of a shark incident, as well as conduct cutting-edge applied research on shark behaviour and ecology, raise awareness about shark safety and conservation issues, and provide employment opportunities and skills development for shark spotters.

How long has your Organisation been operational? 

15 Years

Is your Organisation a registered entity? If so, please list your registration details below for eg: NPO Number, PBO Number, NPC Number etc 

NPO 060390
PBO 930037421

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We require additional funding to cover our annual budget shortfall as well as to improve the service we provide. Potential donors can email info@sharkspotters.org.za for more information or to join our supporters programme.

Where can we find your Organisation online? Please list links to your Website and Social Media Platforms here: 


Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links:

We have provided an uninterrupted beach safety service on 8 beaches in Cape Town for 365 days a year since 2004. We have successfully reduced the spatial overlap between people and sharks, thereby reducing the risk of shark bites in our area.

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