Sea Sense

Sea Sense is a Tanzanian NGO that works closely with coastal communities to conserve and protect endangered marine species including whale sharks, dugongs, sea turtles, and large marine mammals. These species, together with their habitats, face a very uncertain future; their continued survival is implicitly linked with the protection of the wider coastal and marine ecosystem, and the wellbeing of coastal peoples.

Sea Sense has a ‘grass-roots’ approach to conservation, and has recruited and trained a network of over 60 conservation officers who act as ‘ambassadors for conservation in their villages, providing a vital link between Sea Sense and the wider community. Through training, education, and employment Sea Sense is changing attitudes towards conservation. Many coastal communities are participating in marine conservation initiatives, and becoming aware of the need to conserve Tanzania’s rich natural heritage for future generations.

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Sea Search

Sea Search was founded in 2014 by Dr Simon Elwen and Dr Tess Gridley. We are based in Muizenberg, Cape Town with a second field site in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

Sea Search is principally a scientific organisation that aims to conduct high quality, internationally recognised research in the marine realm, which can feed back into education and policy recommendations. Our focus is scientific research output, education and advice to managers with the overarching aim of promoting conservation. We work throughout the southern Africa sub-region, with a focus on South Africa and Namibia.

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