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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.

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.


Manta network Philippines

We know very little about manta and mobula rays in the Philippines. Shannon is working with fishers, divers, researchers and ordinary Filipinos to create a knowledge base that will help us to protect these vulnerable animals.

South Africa 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.


Academy by the Sea

Seychellois teenagers are surrounded by an incredible marine ecosystem, but they do not have the opportunity to learn very much about it. Academy by the Sea exposes them to the fascinating world that lies beyond the beach.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Hunting for porcupines

Andrew wants to know more about the ‘spiky pancakes’ that are porcupine rays, but to do this, he needs to find them first. Armed with underwater cameras, a kayak, and snorkelling and fishing gear he is on a mission to seek out the elusive porcupine ray in the Great Barrier Reef.

Tropical Eastern Pacific

Critical habitat for sharks

The rich mangrove systems of the tropical eastern Pacific provide a safe haven for baby sea creatures, including sharks and rays. Juliana and Alex are working with local fishing communities to find a way of sustaining both people and biodiversity.

Canary Islands, Spain

Angel of the Canary Islands

The key objective of this project is to assess the conservation status of the angel shark Squatina squatina in the Canary Islands by engaging local recreational divers as a source of data. This information should guide future decisions to overcome…

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.

Gansbaai, South Africa

White shark central

Alison is researching great whites in this hotspot of shark cage diving to uncover how the industry affects the animals’ behaviour and what other factors make Gansbaai the white shark capital of the world.