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Read about all the latest developments in the ocean protection movement.

 

AWARE Updates

Feb. 02/16

Scuba divers and ocean lovers will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their fins and feet wet this March as the Ocean Film Festival kicks off its 2016 World Tour in Australia.

Celebrating its fourth anniversary and hitting a record number of venues, the festival will showcase some of the world's most captivating ocean-themed short films. Each of the selected films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

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Jan. 25/16

If you’re trying to live a more sustainable life, there are probably some specific words that you look for when choosing the products you bring into your home, such as: recyclable, biodegradable, etc. Although these words have a sustainable connotation, they don’t always guarantee that you’re making a planet-friendly choice.

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Jan. 14/16

Since Project AWARE started in 1992 as a marine conservation nonprofit organisation, many PADI divers have shown their support for ocean protection when completing a PADI training course by making a small donation to receive the Project AWARE version of their PADI certification card.

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Dec. 23/15

Earlier this year we told you the story of the Ugly Journey of our Trash, how our everyday litter travels from land to sea. As divers, we know too well how it endangers marine ecosystems and wildlife along the way but it’s easy to forget that even small everyday life items can pose a serious risk to marine creatures such as sea turtles.

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Dec. 04/15

This week, in a bid to support Europe’s much needed transition from a linear “take, make, dispose” model of economic growth to an economy where waste is minimized and products are designed to be reused and recycled continuously, the European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Package. This set of measures aims to contribute to "closing the loop" of product life-cycles through greater recycling and re-use expected to benefit both the environment and economy.

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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. 17/15

Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have once again failed to adopt scientific advice and best practices to safeguard several species of oceanic sharks.

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Nov. 13/15

The annual DEMA Show put on by the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association is more than just a scuba diving trade show – it’s the dive industry’s event of the year.

With diving equipment manufacturers, training and certification organizations, apparel producers, travel companies and philanthropies from across the globe in attendance, it’s a chance for all members of the dive industry to connect, collaborate and innovate.

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Nov. 03/15

Overfishing, including through finning and bycatch, is taking a serious toll on shark populations - threats that will continue if shark fishing remains largely unmanaged in the world’s ocean.

In November, Parties of the International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)* have the opportunity and the scientific basis to take positive steps towards effective shark management in the Atlantic.

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Oct. 27/15

Ghosts, goblins and ghouls may terrify on land, but what scares us most lies beneath the waves. Haunting habitats and endangering marine life, this silent killer doesn’t discriminate, and its victims never see it coming. What is it, you ask, that sends shivers down our spines? Marine debris.

Freakier than Freddy Krueger, marine debris kills thousands of ocean animals and seabirds, chokes coral reefs, smothers critical environments and contaminates beaches and dive sites.

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