Jun. 30/16
Lutwala Dive Gili Trawangan
8° 20' 22.164" S, 116° 2' 7.9368" E

Calling all divers! We're teaching a Shark Conservation Specialty course AT COST to help spread awareness of the threats these beautiful creatures face. I will give a two hour presentation on sharks: their unique features, the threats they face, the impact of a decline in numbers and how we can HELP. We will then go on two dives to look at sharks and the threats in this area.

Sep. 19/15
M/V Caribbean Pearl II - Utila, Bay Islands of Honduras
16° 6' 0" N, 86° 55' 59.988" W


The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is the highest nonprofessional rating in the PADI system; it is a diver classification that denotes superior achievement.  To attain this rating, a diver must be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver (or hold qualifying certifications from another organization) with proof of 50 logged dives, and must hold certifications in any five PADI Specialty Courses.

Jan. 04/15
Tracc Borneo
Coconut Cove Beach Tip of Borneo
Kudat 89500
6° 57' 40.77" N, 116° 41' 48.3972" E

The broadclub cuttlefish gathers in large numbers to spawn close to the Tip of Borneo during Dec to March. TRACC is hosting a series of volunteer diving expeditions to a variety of different reefs around the Tip of Borneo to experience this unique event.

Aug. 07/14
Dive Utah
4679 S 2225 E
Holladay, UT 84117
United States
40° 40' 6.7008" N, 111° 49' 36.282" W

Come join the Dive Utah team for a no-cost presentation on Shark Conservation.   Why are sharks important to the oceans?   What perils do they face?   How can you help?   Sharks have gotten a bad reputation courtesy of the media and entertainment industries.   Find out the truth and learn how you can help!


This will include the knowledge development material from the PADI Shark Conservation Specialty Diver Course.  

Jul. 22/14

I recently returned from South Africa where I attended a conference and a workshop to help better understand current and develop new, much needed, global conservation strategies for sharks, as well as mantas and devil rays. In the past month, Project AWARE has joined leading researchers and policy experts to envision the future, verbalize clear goals, and discuss the actions needed to protect these species.

Mar. 10/14

Conservationists have vowed to continue the fight against Western Australia’s shark kill policy, despite being dealt another blow in a bid to end the so-called cull.

After earlier losing a legal bid to have the baited drumlines off the WA coast removed, on Wednesday the state’s Environmental Protection Authority declined to formally assess the program which has claimed over 100 sharks since the start of the year.

Dec. 19/13

On 13th December 2013, the Australian Government took a major step backwards for marine conservation, suspending the implementation of management plans for the 33 new marine parks, including parks in the Coral Sea, the Kimberley and the Great Australian Bight. These management plans outline the levels of protection the parks provide to fragile ocean habitat and the marine species within them.

Nov. 25/13

ICCAT leaves high seas mako fishing unregulated, porbeagles unprotected, and finning ban weak.

Nov. 20/13

What happens to shark and ray species when decision makers don’t follow scientific advice?  How can science support sustainable shark and ray management?  These were some of the questions addressed during this year’s European Elasmobranch Association’s (EEA) annual conference held in Plymouth UK from 1st to 3rd November where shark scientists and advocates from all corners of the globe came to discuss the latest in shark science and conservation.

Nov. 10/13

New Zealand is to ban shark finning in its waters within two years, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced Sunday.

It is already illegal in New Zealand to slice the fin off a shark and throw it back alive, and Guy said the new ban would be extended to finning a shark and dumping the carcass at sea.

It will start to take effect in some areas next October and cover all New Zealand waters by 2016.

"The practise of finning sharks is inconsistent with New Zealand's reputation as one of the best managed and conserved fisheries in the world," he said.