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Oct. 22/14

In 2012 Sigourney Grandmann contacted me at Project AWARE to say, “First thing I am going to do on my 18th Birthday is to sign the shark petition.”

On that day, Sigourney joined 135,000 divers and shark advocates to help make history and win protections for five shark species, manta rays and sawfish under CITES. Today, Sigourney is a PADI Pro, busy freelancing in Krabi, Thailand. She's answered  a new call to action for sharks and rays and you can too. It's an opportunity to help make change for vanishing sharks and rays - one that only comes along once every three years. Every voice counts and we need yours!

When it comes to protecting the ocean, community leaders are critical to influencing global change. I connected with Sigourney to find out what inspires her as an AWARE leader. Check out what she had to say below.

Oct. 17/14

Crystal Divers, Joe’s Gone Diving and Blue Season Bali joined forces over several months with the united goal of raising funds and awareness for shark conservation. Giving Project AWARE’s Finathon® concept a unique twist the trio of dive centres hosted the Funathon and truly put a lot of fun into fundraising!

Events included water volleyball tournament spanning two months, a FINtastic flea market and a Funathon party style family BBQ with games, raffles and an auction.

Oct. 03/14

Flying the banner of Project AWARE Dive against Debris once again, the staff and students of Nottingham Trent University embarked on another trip to Mauritius during March and April of this year.

Sep. 24/14

On 6 September, Helsinki celebrated Project AWARE's Debris Month of Action with a loud and big community event. Dimjami Music Band joined the celebrations to cheer up the divers who came together to conduct a Dive Against Debris survey and remove a staggering amount of marine debris from the Baltic sea.

Sep. 18/14

The Fort Lauderdale community rallied together to kick off Debris Month of Action at the in the first annual SOS Ocean Clean-Up. Over 120 volunteers consisting of local divers, snorkelers, surfers and beach-goers helped support the Project AWARE movement for a trash free ocean and environment by collecting over 92 pounds of trash.

Sep. 03/14

Debris Month of Action kicks off in Hong Kong

53 Divers remove 80 kilos at Bluff Island

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Eric Wong and the Association of Auto Batteries and Tyres Industry took part in Dive Against Debris at Bluff Island, Sai Kung, Hong Kong  on Sunday, August 24th 2014. With low visibility the team of 53 removed 10 bags / 80 kilograms of debris from the sea shore and under the sea.

Aug. 29/14

September is Project AWARE’s Debris Month of Action – a time when thousands of volunteer divers will battle back against marine debris by removing and reporting the trash we find underwater.

Aug. 13/14

The start of Shark Week saw snow fall in Dunedin, New Zealand and divers brave seven degree water. A little snow didn’t stop people heading to the Dive Otago pool for this years’ Finathon! They hit the warmer water indoors to fight against shark finning for the second year.

Aug. 05/14

With clear waters and rocky scenery, Malta and Gozo, the beautiful southern European islands in the Mediterranean Sea, boast some of the best diving in Europe.  They also boast some of the most passionate and dedicated AWARE divers and shark activists. From running a marathon to Diving Against Debris to support Project AWARE’s global campaigns - Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris - no challenges are too small for Malta’s dive community.

Jul. 17/14

When John Mitchell, YuDiving dive centre owner in Manchester UK, asked his team if they were up for a Finathon challenge to help raise funds for sharks, they unanimously said yes. They had a moment of hesitation though when he announced that they would have to swim the English Channel. Well, the distance of the English Channel in the pool to be more precise.