Fished at alarming rates, manta and devil rays line the streets of many fish markets around the world – sought primarily for their gill rakers – the feathery structures these filter feeders use to strain their food as they glide through the water. At a one-time payout of about $250 per kilogram versus approximately $1 million in tourism over a manta’s lifetime, is it really worth the destruction?
Overfishing, bycatch and finning. You understand the tough problems facing shark populations worldwide and that divers can take significant steps to secure a brighter future for sharks. Mobilise your troops into action by teaching the AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Distinctive Specialty or using the resources available in schools, community groups etc.
Designed by Guillermo Munro of www.memuco.org you can download the Hammerhead Sharks Infographic and learn more about what's threatening the survival of the great, smooth and scalloped hammerhead shark.
Sharks are unique and play a crucial role in keeping our ocean healthy, but we are close to losing some shark species forever. Read this Study Guide to learn about the major threats, missing management strategies, and, best of all, the many actions you can take to give sharks a fighting chance.
If reading this Study Guide leaves you hungry for more shark action contact your local PADI dive centre to complete your AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Distinctive Specialty course.
We are emptying the ocean of sharks. As a diver and a global citizen acting locally, you can play a critical role in saving sharks. Start by signing the AWARE petition to save sharks. Here's why your signature and additional actions to protect sharks are so important.