Premier Hotel Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th October 2023

The Southern African Shark & Ray Symposium (SASRS) will be held in Durban, at the Premier Hotel Umhlanga

The Southern African Shark & Ray Symposium (SASRS) is a biennial event, which brings together social and natural scientists, practitioners, non-governmental and governmental organizations as well as decision makers. The central purpose of the Symposium is to provide a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas, experiences and knowledge on issues related to the biology, conservation and management of Sharks and Rays. Active participation by early career researchers is strongly encouraged, especially from African and West Indian Ocean countries outside of South Africa.

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board (KZNSB) hosted the inaugural Southern African Shark and Ray Symposium in 2011. We are proud to be hosting this year’s event in 2023 with generous funding from the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, the Save Our Seas Fund and the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity.

This year we are very excited to introduce our “New Generation programme”, where we are privileged to be joined by some of the best science students at schools in KwaZulu-Natal as well as top-performing students from the University of Zululand. Please check out the tab at the top of the webpage for more details.

We would like to acknowledge the Dyer Island Conservation Trust/Marine Dynamics who successfully hosted the previous event in 2021.

Premier Hotel Umhlanga

Premier Hotels and a state-of-the-art conference centre to Umhlanga, located on the Umhlanga Ridge. This new hotel complex
offers a 4-star Premier Hotel Umhlanga, the 3-star Premier Splendid Inn Umhlanga and a multi-faceted conference destination, with a spectacular viewing deck overlooking Umhlanga and the Indian Ocean. A must-see all-in-one conferencing destination in one of Durban’s most desirable location.

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