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Addressing the marine debris issue is no walk in the park. It’s a complex problem that is truly global by nature and requires collaboration among stakeholders at local, national and international levels. It can be daunting to face, but we really do have the power to drive change!

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May. 18/16

Our countdown to the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) – to be held in South Africa from September 24 to October 5, 2016 – begins this Endangered Species Day, May 20.

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May. 02/16

Conservationists are applauding news that 50 countries have joined efforts to list devil rays, threshers, and silky sharks under Appendix II the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Cosponsors to the proposals – made originally by Fiji, Sri Lanka, and Maldives (respectively) – now include the European Union and its 28 Member States, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and eight West African nations. Many other countries are co-sponsoring one or two of the proposals.

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Apr. 28/16

Earlier this month, in the run-up to Earth Day 2016, we asked you to tell us why your dive site is worth protecting by entering #MyDiveSite photo contestMORE

Apr. 26/16

It’s no secret. Scuba divers are some of the world’s most passionate ocean advocates. With our unique underwater access and dive skills, we’re a powerful movement – one that seeks out action and mobilizes for change.

Just one week ago, Project AWARE launched a new initiative to help spark and further grow this change. Adopt A Dive Site™ encourages dive professionals, centers and resorts in the local monitoring and protection of our underwater playgrounds against trash.

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Apr. 15/16

The European Commission today released a long-anticipated report on EU Member States’ 2014 implementation of the EU ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea) which finds few infringements and reaffirms the EU commitment to the most reliable means for finning ban enforcement: requiring that sharks be landed with fins still naturally attached. Such a rule greatly eases enforcement and facilitates collection of key species-specific catch data.

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Apr. 01/16

Scientists have announced that the entire ocean is now completely free of marine debris!

As in, not a single piece of trash left. Literally, none. Just crystal clear, sparkling waters and flourishing marine habitats. Coral reefs across the globe are now completely clear of ghost net, monofilament has been removed from the areas surrounding all fishing piers, and there are no more plastic bags, fragments, bottles or cans or for sea animals to accidentally ingest or become entangled in.

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Mar. 23/16

Despite their importance and value, sharks and rays are severely overexploited. Sharks fisheries remain woefully under regulated and overfishing, finning and bycatch continue to threaten the survival of the species. Thankfully, divers are some of sharks’ closest and most influential allies and we’re working together to keep sharks and rays populations healthy.

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Apr. 22/16

Happy Earth Day, scuba friends! We are blown away by the enthusiasm of participants in our #MyDiveSite photo challenge. Your photos and stories prove that volunteer actions can add up to a big impact for the health of our oceans.

Scuba divers are some of the world’s most passionate ocean advocates. With our unique underwater access and dive skills, we’re a powerful movement – one that seeks out action and mobilizes for change.

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Mar. 31/16

This is our world, our ocean. These are our dive sites.

With Earth Day fast approaching, we’re reminded to protect our valuable natural resources – our ocean environments, house reefs, lakes and rivers – the places that we dive, the underwater playgrounds that we love. These are our dive sites, and they need protecting. Earth Day offers the perfect opportunity to take ownership of the dive sites we love

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