The Southern African Shark & Ray Symposium (SASRS) is a biennial meeting of the academic community of Southern Africa who are currently conducting research on these taxa.

The 5th Southern African Shark & Ray Symposium was held from 7 to 9 October 2019 at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, South Africa. The theme of the Symposium was: Elasmobranchs in the blue economy

Want to host the 6th Southern African Shark & Ray Symposium in 2021?


To submit an expression of interest, please complete each heading (below) and send the completed form to [email protected] by no later than 29 February 2020

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Symposium information

The SASRS will be composed of a combination of oral and poster presentations, workshops, and public events – with plenty of added fun and adventure planned for attendees. Keynote presentations will be scheduled throughout the Symposium.

Oral presentations, poster presentations, workshops, and other attendee events will be held in the Two Oceans Aquarium’s auditorium and in front of its iconic exhibits.

Be sure to take note of important dates, fees and general attendee information.

Please email us on [email protected] with any questions.


The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town is ideally positioned to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans.

The Symposium will be held from 7 to 9 October 2019 in the V&A Waterfront hosted by the Two Oceans Aquarium. The V&A Waterfront is approximately 30 min from the Cape Town International Airport, and is easily accessible as a self-drive, by airport transfer and public transport.

Delegates are to make their own transport and accommodation arrangements. A variety of public transport options are available to help you attend the Symposium and its events, and a number of accommodation options are available in close proximity to the Symposium venue.


If you would like support the 5th Southern African Shark & Ray Symposium by becoming a sponsor, please get in touch on [email protected].