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Since 2003, the Save Our Seas Foundation has funded more than 160 projects that not only research and conserve marine life around the world, but also make people aware of the richness of the oceans and educate those who earn their livelihoods from the sea about sustainability.

Browse the list of projects below to discover the projects and meet the project leaders we have been supporting.

North Atlantic Ocean

Makos: nomads of the high seas

Shortfin makos are the gold medalists of the shark world. They jump the highest, swim the fastest and cover marathon distances in the open ocean. David is exploring how their Olympian lifestyles overlap with commercial fishing fleets.

Palmyra Atoll, USA

Keeping watch on Palmyra’s sharks

Divers are traditionally used to estimate shark numbers, but human presence changes shark behaviour and can make these estimates inaccurate – but how inaccurate? By using underwater cameras to count sharks, Darcy aims to answer this question.

South African coastline

Unravelling the mystery of smooth-hound sharks

Two species of smooth-hound sharks – common and white-spotted – are targeted by fishermen along South Africa’s coast. Simo is examining their physical and genetic differences to help us understand the relationship between these species.

Sabah, Malaysia

Sea turtles of Malaysia

Nick is on a mission to save Malaysia’s turtles. By convincing policy makers and fishermen to equip shrimp trawlers with Turtle Excluder Devices and studying the ecology of the turtles, he’s tackling the problem head on.

Neptune Islands, Australia

Neptune Islands: cages, sharks & seals

Cage diving with the ocean’s most famous predator is a multimillion-dollar tourist business, but how is this impacting white sharks’ hunting behaviour? Is chasing bait, and sometimes eating it, having a negative impact on their diet?

Bimini, Bahamas

Activities at the Shark Lab

Samuel, better known as Doc, has been studying sharks for 50 years. He discovered how sharks see and even gave us insights into how they think. He founded the Bimini Biological Field Station in 1990, and has been training and inspiring young shark researchers ever since.

Cabo Delgado Province, North Mozambique

Keeping sharks and rays in the Quirimbas

Very little is known about the sharks and rays of this remote archipelago, but as the number fishermen here grows, these animals face increasing pressure. Isabel is establishing basic information about them and raising local awareness.

Azores

Catching devils on camera

The Azores is one of the few places on earth where Chilean devil rays gather in large groups. We know that these rays are among the ocean’s deepest divers, but otherwise they remain a mystery to us. What will researchers discover with the use of remote underwater video stations?

Ecuador

Creating conservation heroes

In the face of illegal logging, wildlife trafficking and habitat destruction, Equador’s park rangers have their work cut out for them. Through this training project, Daniela hopes to give the country’s marine park rangers an edge.