Frikkie is a professional marine biologist with a MSc degree in fisheries science. He has been registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) since 2016. Over the past 10 years he has worked on numerous fisheries research, monitoring and development programmes in southern Africa, and to date spent over 6000 hours on board fishing vessels to collect samples, monitor catches and study interactions with marine mammals. He is further familiar with marine mammal research, having worked on remote sub-Antarctic Marion Island during the 2013/2014 overwintering expedition, where he spent 13 months collecting samples and data on Antarctic fur seals, sub-Antarctic fur seals, southern elephant seals and killer whales for the Pretoria University’s long-running marine mammal research programme. Between 2015-2017 he worked on marine mammal stranding response, necropsies and the local Cape fur seal population in Algoa Bay during short-term contracts at the Port Elizabeth Museum Marine Mammal Programme. This led to his subsequent appointment as agent of the museum since 2017, to attend to seal strandings, collect observational data and perform necropsies in the greater Plettenberg Bay region. As collaborator of the museum he also developed and manage a field research programme with the aim of collecting behavioural data and diet samples to help study the local white shark and Cape fur seal populations at Robberg Peninsula. In addition, Frikkie has a category C skippers license which enables him to leed dedicated boat-based surveys in the Robberg MPA as part of long-term research on trends in local seal population size, seal pup production estimates, early pup survival, seal-fisheries interactions and seal-shark interactions. He continues to join trips on board commercial fishing vessels operating on the Agulhas Bank, to collect updated information on operational interactions between Cape fur seals and fisheries. Frikkie is currently preparing for a second 13 month stint in the sub-Antarctic as part of the 77th Marion Island overwintering expedition.