Lesley Rochat is a marine and shark conservationist, award winning filmmaker and campaigner, environmental writer, public speaker, photographer and activist.

Lesley's work has been credited with two Panda Awards, firstly for her campaign, 'Rethink the shark' (Panda 2008) www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ2DyVqZYi4, created by Saatchi & Saatchi for AfriOceans, and for a short video she is is the producer, director, offline editor and scriptwriter of, which she named 'Save Our Sharks' (Panda 2010). She holds many other awards for her campaigns, as well as for her documentary, 'Sharks in Deep Trouble'.

Lesley’s history in marine and shark conservation goes back to 2003 when she founded AfriOceans Conservation Alliance (AOCA), a non profit organization based in Cape Town, South Africa, which she runs. AOCA achieved major success through the M-Sea Programme, a unique shark conservation programme, which Lesley designed that involved the satellite tagging and releasing of captive sharks. Since she founded AfriOceans she has remained at the forefront of shark conservation in South Africa.

Being a conservation photographer is an extension of her mission to raise awareness about our oceans. She is an avid diver, a PADI Divemaster, and a well-published travel and environmental journalist, as well as the author of several educational books and children’s books about the oceans. She has been an underwater photographer for over 15 years and has traveled extensively to capture the beauty of the oceans in her quest to raise awareness.

As a passionate activist she is fondly named the Shark Warrior. Lesley’s efforts in marine and shark conservation are recognized internationally. As such she is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and the International League of Conservation Photographers. To find out more visit: www.lesleyrochat.com and www.aoca.org.za


  • Chewy by Day Is Coming
  • Lesley Rochat Portrait by Day Is Coming
  • Lesley Rochat, False Bay by Day Is Coming

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Lesley Rochat
May 2010
South Africa
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Conservation Photographer, Filmmaker, Conservationist, Writer, RETHINK THE SHARK, Sharks in Deep Trouble. SAVE OUR SHARKS
Shark Warrior Lesley Rochat