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 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.
Shark Spotters has won numerous awards including the Gold Innovation Award in the Best for Beach Tourism category at the 2016 African Responsible Tourism Awards; winner of the 2014 Eco-Logic Awards in the Eco-Innovation Category for the Fish Hoek shark exclusion barrier and the Silver Award in the 2014 Cape Town Mayor's Portfolio of Urban Sustainablility.