White Shark Projects was founded as a research centre in 1989 and has since expanded its portfolio to include commercial diving and viewing excursions.
Based in Gansbaai, the business works with conservation groups, students, eco-tourists, subsistence fishermen and dive operators to gather data on Great White Sharks, and to change public perceptions of these apex predators.
The Recycle Swop Shop
White Shark Projects’ Recycle Swop Shop is one of its most successful undertakings. The store gives children from nearby Masekhane the chance to swop their recyclables for household goods. The children collect plastic, tins and bottles to earn points, and then exchange those points for basic foodstuffs, toiletries and school supplies.
The Recycle Swop Shop has been running for a decade, and is a valued support system within the community. By teaching tomorrow’s leaders to care for the environment, encouraging marine conservation, and demonstrating the value of recycling, White Shark Projects is empowering the ocean defenders of the future.
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