sharks

Date: 
Nov. 03/12
Location: 
Gaya Island
Gaya Island Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, 88100 Kota Kinabalu,
SB 88100
Malaysia
6° 1' 23.3832" N, 116° 1' 38.766" E

Dive DownBelow, Sabah, Malaysia is FINatical about sharks and swimming to end finning this November.

On Sunday, 4 November 2012, Downbelow is hosting a Finathon – a 1km ‘fun swim’ – at our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre in order to raise awareness of the plight of sharks and funds for Project AWARE who is fighting for legislation to give sharks a fighting chance.

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Date: 
Dec. 15/12
Location: 
PADI Pool Area
30151 Tomas
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
United States
33° 38' 20.364" N, 117° 36' 10.566" W

Are you and your friends FINatical about Sharks?  Project AWARE & PADI Staff are swimming 25 kilometers to end shark finning for Project AWARE’s first Finathon™!  The clock’s ticking for vanishing shark species. You can join the race to protect them.  Join our Finathon™ team, seek sponsorship and let the global race to end shark finning begin.

Thanks to your support Project AWARE will:

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Oct. 25/12

One scuba divers idea has inspired a worldwide movement to get swimming to end shark finning with dive centres across the globe hosting Finathons to raise much needed funds for shark conservation.

Dive DownBelow, Sabah, Malaysia is FINatical about sharks and swimming to end finning this November.

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Oct. 07/12

The UAE should introduce tough new measures to protect threatened shark species, according to one of the organisers of a conservation conference taking place this week.

The Emirates took action in 2008 by banning the finning of live sharks at sea and outlawing shark fishing from January 1 to April 30 each year.

But Jonathan Ali Khan, a shark expert and wildlife filmmaker, said the UAE should take its policies one step further and ban imports and exports of shark fins and imports of whole sharks. He would also like to see the no-fishing period extended.

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Oct. 02/12

Sharks have a direct lineage to the Jurassic era, predating the dinosaurs. Despite existing for millions of years, it is questionable whether all of their types will see out the next 100. Global landings of sharks in the early 1950s were around 200,000 tons per year. By 2011 it was estimated that up to 73 million sharks were being captured by year.

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Sep. 20/12

New research which could help conserve sharks has confirmed that many of the ocean predators are probably completely colour blind.

The joint study by The Universities of Western Australia (UWA) and Queensland looked at the visual adaptations of two species of wobbegong sharks, which are also known as carpet sharks.

Wobbegongs spend most of their time on the sea floor and hunt mostly at night using an unusual sit-and-wait ambush strategy, the journal The Royal Society's Biology Letters reports.

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Sep. 14/12

The European Parliament is set to vote next week on a complete ban on shark finning. After six years of debate, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will finally be voting on amendments aimed at closing loopholes in the current shark finning regulation (final vote in plenary is due to take place in October).

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Jul. 19/12

Vincent Mock’s deep love for the ocean is apparent through his art where he explores the human disconnection from nature in an ironic way – sculpting ocean predators from the very fish hooks that threaten their survival. A fellow PADI Divemaster and artist, Mock has traveled and dived the world over. Here he discusses his Hooked on Life series.

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Jun. 26/12

Working globally and acting locally has never been so important. If you’re a local ocean hero trying to make a difference in your community or you have a project that needs an extra push – then the Ocean Action Project is for you!

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Jun. 20/12

Venezuela set forth a series of measures this week to protect sharks within its waters. MORE