Mission statement

Oceans Research provides and facilitates innovative and dynamic research relevant to the management and conservation of Southern Africa’s wildlife.

Its research is interdisciplinary ranging from biological to socio-economic studies of marine and terrestrial resource utilisation in Southern Africa’s coastal society. Oceans Research specialises in investigating the biology and ecology of mega-fauna, including sharks, marine mammals and terrestrial carnivores; we advise governmental and non-governmental bodies on relevant conservation issues.

Oceans Research offers multi-disciplinary practical and theoretical training for aspiring researchers from internship to postgraduate levels in conjunction with partner schools, technical colleges and universities. In addition to the in-house research projects, the institute provides facilities for visiting marine scientists conducting a variety of projects throughout the major marine biomes of Southern Africa.

Oceans Research strives to divulgate its research finding not only to the scientific community but also, and even more importantly, to the general public, through its website, media releases, scientific and popular articles, and documentaries.

Explore - Discover - Understand - Conserve

The History of Oceans Research

A look at the events that have shaped Oceans Research
and the people who drive us forward.

  • Humble beginnings

    Humble beginnings

    We recognised the need for an organisation providing logistical... Read more...

    2007
  • White Shark Research Projects and Internship Start

    White Shark Research Projects and Internship Start

    After securing collaborations with South Africa’s renown universities... Read more...

    2008
  • Expansion into Marine Mammals Research Projects

    Expansion into Marine Mammals Research Projects

    More research projects were established including Cape fur... Read more...

    2009
  • Expansion into Oceanography

    Expansion into Oceanography

    Collaborative research provides more platforms including... Read more...

    2010
  • Strengthen International Collaboration

    Strengthen International Collaboration

    Oceans Research become official partner and site manager of the... Read more...

    2012
  • South Africa’s White Shark Research Group

    South Africa’s White Shark Research Group

    Oceans Research promote the formalization of the South Africa’s... Read more...

    2013
  • Expansion into Terrestrial Research

    Expansion into Terrestrial Research

    Oceans Research begin its new research endeavour focusing on... Read more...

  • Future in the making

    Future in the making

Meet the team

Marine Research Unit

Terrestrial Research Unit

Partners and associates

Collaborating with other recognised and respected organisations plays an integral role in ensuring Oceans Research continues to innovate.

  • SAIAB
  • University of Pretoria
  • Rhodes University
  • University of Cape Town
  • Aberdeen University
  • Asian University for Women (Bangladesh)
  • Project AWARE
  • OTN
  • Ocearch
  • White Shark Africa
  • Fiona Ayerst Underwater Photography
  • Botlierskop game lodge
  • Gondwana game lodge
  • Viking (Mossel Bay)
  • Landmark Foundation
  • University of Witwatersrand

Facilities

Oceans Research is hosted by Oceans Campus in Mossel Bay, Oceans’ central office and management structures.

Mossel Bay is situated along the southern coast of South Africa in a warm temperate marine biome which attracts numerous temperate water fish species.

The Mossel Bay Marine Lab also operates a shark aquarium and research facility called The Shark Lab where we conduct studies on small captive shark species.

Research Logistics

  • Two research vessels (26ft and 21ft “Buttcats”).
  • Acoustic tracking equipment.
  • Acoustic monitoring equipment.
  • SCUBA equipment.
  • Shark diving cage.
  • Shark bite meter.

Aquarium Lab

  • Benthic and pelagic tanks.
  • Wet lab.
  • Dry lab.

Land Facilities

  • Office space for up to 6 visiting scientists.
  • Store rooms and cold storage space.
  • A small wet lab.
  • Conference facilities for small or large groups.