Nov. 25/15

This is my favourite time of year. A chance to spend time with family and friends, eat good food and watch the kids get super excited. It is definitely a magical time of year.

But for me, it's also a  time to reflect; to take a step back and look at what we've achieved together for our ocean planet.

It's true that the challenges facing our ocean are great. But as I look at what we've done together in 2015, I'm truly amazed. We are truly a global force for good.

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Nov. 09/15
Sharks in Peril

Conservation opportunities for ICCAT 2015: Sharks are among the most vulnerable animals taken in high seas fisheries for tuna and swordfish. ICCAT has led regional fisheries bodies in adoption of shark measures, but has yet to align its finning ban with best practice or agree basic, science-based limits for key shark species.

Dec. 12/14
Balkysub Live Aboard (Red Sea-Egypt)
Golden Dolphin II Boat
26° 39' 35.0352" N, 35° 2' 46.9932" E

We will teach Shark Conservation Course in our next Liveaboard Trip. We will dive Brothers Islands, Daedalus & Elphinstone Reef. We expect to see Longimanus, Thresher Shark, Hammerhead and Grey Shark.

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.

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.

Jul. 15/14

Scuba divers are swimming to end finning as part of the Project AWARE Finathon, a year-round fundraising challenge, showing they are FINatical about protecting sharks. Their fundraising efforts are helping us Fight, Insist, Negotiate for the protection of threatened shark species.

Jul. 09/14

A big congratulations to Scandy Andy who has swum an average of 1km a day for 109 days!

It’s a big week for Andy. When his latest challenge to swim the distance around Koh Samui 84.7 kilometres in less than 30 days was almost complete he upped the distance to 100km!

“I now have more kilometres than days swimming” said Andy. So how did it all start?

Jun. 25/14

Finathon champions are full of imagination and bravery when it comes to setting their target distance! But it's not always about how far you swim, the Finathon for some is a personal fitness challenge or simply a little fun for a Fintastic cause.

2300km the length of Great Barrier Reef Australia

Jun. 20/14

Last month’s AWARE Update “What’s a Finathon?” answered your top questions about what’s involved.   This month check out these ideas to help you choose a great Finathon team name, reach your fundraising goals and make your event fun, fantastic and successful.

What’s in a name? Finding the perfect Finathon team name is lots of fun! Brainstorm with your team of divers to come up with a unique name people can identify with.