Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation

About SWRRFI

The Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to funding and promoting independent marine research projects. Through research and rescue activities, Sea World aims to help build our knowledge and appreciation of the wondrous variety of life in our oceans.

The Foundation seeks to encourage and assist marine sciences and to date has supported over 180 research projects relating to aspects of the biology of marine vertebrates and considers applications from both the private and public sectors.

 

The vision of non-profit Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation Inc. is to understand, protect & support the marine environment for future generations.

 

Since our incorporation as a non-profit organisation in 1993 Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation has supported over 160 independent research projects relating to the biology of marine vertebrates and selected by our Scientific Advisory Committee.

 

The Sea World Research & Rescue teams pioneering work in marine animal rescues has resulted in outstanding success in rehabilitating and saving many sick, injured and stranded animals in the wild.

Our partners

Surf Life Saving Queensland

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is the state’s leading authority on aquatic safety and surf rescue, and one of the largest volunteer-based community service organisations in Australia. SLSQ’s volunteer surf lifesavers and lifeguards have directly saved the lives of more than 135,000 people through in-water rescues, and educated in excess of 10 million people about surf and aquatic safety through targeted and grassroots community awareness programs.

SLSQ are proud to collaborate with Sea World to increase awareness of our unique marine environment and educate visitors on safety around sea jellies.

Scientific Advisory Committee

Professor Iain Suthers (Chair)
Professor Iain Suthers (Chair)

Professor Iain Suthers joined the Committee in 2001 and became the Committee Chair in 2014. He is a Professor in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Sydney Institute of Marine Science, University of New South Wales.

Professor Mark Hindell​
Professor Mark Hindell​

Professor Mark Hindell joined the Committee in 1995 and currently runs the Antarctic Wildlife Research Unit in the School of Zoology, University of Tasmania.

Dr Jennifer Ovenden​
Dr Jennifer Ovenden​

Dr Jennifer Ovenden joined the Committee in 2004 and is a Principal Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the University of Queensland where she leads the Molecular Fisheries Laboratory.

Dr Rob Slade
Dr Rob Slade

Dr Rob Slade joined the Committee in 2015 and is the Senior Marine Scientist and Operations Manager, Blue Planet Marine.

Professor Peter Harrison
Professor Peter Harrison

Professor Peter Harrison joined the Committee in 2012 and is the founding Director of the Marine Ecology Research Centre and the Director of Marine Studies at Southern Cross University.

Dr Lynne van Herwerden
Dr Lynne van Herwerden

Dr Lynne van Herwerden joined the Committee in 2014 and is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Science & Engineering, School of Marine & Tropical Biology at James Cook University.

Frequently Asked Questions

In an ideal world we would like for there to be no culling of sharks in Australia and around the world however, this is not a reality. 

We understand the pressure on governments to protect swimmers through the use of shark control programs. We continue our stance against shark nets and maintain our rescue operations to save dolphins, whales, turtles that become entrapped within them, along with working with the authoritative agencies to research improved methods which will lessen the impact on our marine life.

Thanks for your interest in becoming part of the team. There are currently no positions available within the Foundation. 

Fundraise for us online Fundraising for Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation is a fun and rewarding way to support our work around the country. 

Here’s how: 1. Choose a fundraising activity 2. Set up your own unique event fundraising page 3. Start fundraising! 

Thanks for offering to help out! Our rescue team consists of highly trained, paid staff that are on call 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. We do not have volunteer placements, however if you would like to become involved in volunteer marine animal rescue please contact ORRCA (Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia). 

Thanks for offering to help out! Unfortunately we do not have a work experience or internship program. You may benefit from contacting volunteeringaustralia.org. This organisation will be able to assist in pairing your interests with available positions. 

You can support our important work and gain new customers by becoming a Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation Business Partner or event sponsor. If you would like to get involved, send us an email and we will be in touch.

Make a donation. Gifts are fully tax deductible and no benefits are offered in exchange apart from regular email updates about the Foundation’s news and events. 

If you would like to receive membership benefits including members only special discounts and email updates about the Foundation’s news and events become a Friend of the Foundation.

All donations to the Foundation over $2 are 100% tax deductible. All online donations receive an automatic tax invoice via email. 

Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation Inc. is a registered DGR and not-for profit organisation. ABN: 46 053 146 491 

Yes, the Foundation co-ordinate an annual grant program providing funding to public or private organisations for the purpose of marine vertebrate research. Explore past projects

In partnership with Healthy Waterways the Foundation coordinate the Community Marine Debris Grant Program that provides funding for local groups to undertake on-ground waterway litter cleanup and address marine debris problems including identifying hot spots in South East Queensland. 

Found injured marine life?

The Sea World Rescue Team is on call 24/7

The Sea World Rescue Team's pioneering work in marine animal rescues has resulted in outstanding success in rehabilitating and saving many sick, injured and stranded animals in the wild.

Call 07 5588 2222 (9:00am to 5:00pm) or 07 5588 2177 (After Hours).

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