Austin Williams combined his creativity and passion to protect our ocean planet to launch a collection of scuba diving t-shirts with difference.
The Manta Ray, Whale Shark, Shark and Turtle T-Shirts carry Project AWARE Foundation approval. 10% of the dive t-shirts retail price is donated to ocean protection efforts.
Dive T-Shirts supports Project AWARE’s Mantas at Risk Campaign and this month’s favourite tee is the ‘What Manta?’ pictured here.
"The T-shirts feature iconic species like sharks, whalesharks, turtles and manta rays. All these species face pressure from human activities including habitat destruction, over-exploitation of natural resources and pollution. Today, scientists predict animals are going extinct at 100 to 1,000 times the typical rate. Currently three quarters of pelagic sharks and ray species are threatened with extinction," says Austin.
“Dive t-shirts.com makes available a collection of fashion, marine life, marine animals and scuba diving t-shirts to both divers and non-divers alike. The Manta Ray, Whale Shark, Shark and Turtle designs in their different colour options are fashionable, humorous, carry a serious message, as well as making a donation to Project AWARE Foundation for each one sold,” he adds.
Did you know demand for the manta rays’ gill rakers – the tight-knit, feathery structures that strain plankton – has recently surged, placing manta populations in grave danger. Mantas have been classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). With gill rakers fetching a one-time payout of $500 per kilogram for a pseudo-medicinal product, is it really worth the destruction?
Visit Project AWARE Manta’s At Risk to find out more.
A big thanks to Austin who has raised over $2,000 through the sale of his funky t-shirt designs http://www.dive-t-shirts.com/