Michael Scholl, Founder and Trustee of the White Shark Trust, has been conducting different research projects on White Sharks since 1997 at Dyer Island. Unfortunately there was no infrastructure in place or available to support or conduct proper scientific research.

From 1998 to 2002, Michael Scholl has been working and developing his initial projects, and funding from individuals, companies and organisations worldwide have started to support these projects. The need for a registered Trust therefore became a necessity in order to attract and manage the dearly needed funding for:

  • the continuation of the ongoing field research;
  • the development and funding of diversified research projects;
  • the development and funding of educational programmes.

Extract from the Deed of Trust:

" The primary goal and object of the White Shark Trust is to utilise the resources at its disposal to undertake and support research, education and conservation projects in respect of Great White Sharks (Carcharodan carcharias).

The main goals of the White Shark Trust are:

  1. To establish a fund in the Republic of South Africa for the purpose of receiving grants and donations from international sources as well as sources within the Republic of South Africa;
  2. To manage and disburse such funds in the furtherance of the objectives of the Trust;
  3. To promote dialogue between various research, conservation, education and Government bodies concerned with management, research, conservation and education concerning the Great White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias);
  4. To assist in providing relevant advice on the management of the Great White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias);
  5. To obtain the support for the objectives of the White Shark Trust from local residents living around concentration hotspots for the Great White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias), including Mossel Bay, Dyer Island / Gansbaai and False Bay in particular;
  6. To obtain the support for the objectives of the Trust from the established tourism industry involved with the Great White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) located at Mossel Bay, Dyer Island / Gansbaai and False Bay in particular;
  7. To ensure that effective action is taken in all matters affecting the welfare and preservation of the Great White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias);
  8. To promote educational opportunities for the general public, schools and the tourism industry;
  9. To conduct and support scientific research projects and field expeditions with regards to the Great White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias)."

The White Shark Trust is a registered Trust # IT792/2002 under the laws of South Africa.

The White Shark Trust is a registered NonProfit Organisation # 022-168-NPO under the laws of South Africa.