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

 

AWARE Updates

Sep. 10/12

Today Project AWARE Foundation and the PADI family mourn the loss of one of the ocean's greatest shark conservationists and underwater filmographers, Mr Ron Taylor.

For more than 40 years, Australian "Shark Man' Ron Taylor and his wife Valerie dedicated their lifes to conserving and filming sharks. Their marine conservation work and groundbreaking marine documentaries forced many to view sharks with a different perspective; one of appreciation, value and respect. 

Sadly Ron passed away yesterday after a two year battle with myeloid leukemia.

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Sep. 06/12

As the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) World Conservation Congress opens in Jeju, Korea, Project AWARE, an IUCN member organization, and more than 35 government agencies and NGO partners issued the call to take immediate steps to save sharks and manta rays from the ever growing pressure of overexploitation. Specifically, we’re advocating the listing of sharks and rays under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

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Sep. 05/12

Let the action begin. More than 5,500 of you voted for your favorite Ocean Action Project, a new Project AWARE program to support grassroots conservation projects, and now five projects will receive funds to make their actions a reality.

The projects that received the most votes include shark and manta ray protection and marine debris projects to combat the onslaught of trash underwater.

 

The Ocean Action Projects are:

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Aug. 29/12

You don’t expect to find a baby stroller on the ocean floor. It makes you wonder what happens to zillions of baby strollers and many other consumer products from our everyday lives. But what happens to all these strollers? In fact, what happens to all our stuff? 

Everyday we’re faced with thousands of choices, especially when we’re shopping. In an effort to shop smarter and greener we look for labels like earth friendly, BPA free, natural, organic, locally grown, ethical and eco. But we’re lucky if the labels even tell the whole story.  

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Aug. 22/12

One third of all plastic marine debris is from beverage containers, according to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).  It kills wildlife and pollutes beaches.  It persists for centuries, breaking down into smaller particles, clogging our waterways and destroying our ocean.

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Aug. 21/12

Recently, thousands of Project AWARE divers called for new marine reserves in Australia. The Australian Government heard our voice and in June, announced a major new network of marine reserves including the world's second largest marine national park.

This was a major victory for the ocean and its wildlife, and showed the collective power of AWARE divers worldwide.

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Aug. 17/12

This is it! In just a few weeks, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote on amending the European Shark Finning regulation.

We are calling on the diving community to join us in demonstrating tremendous support across Europe as well as globally for the "fins naturally attached with no exceptions" policy - the best, most efficient and enforceable method to prevent shark finning.

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Aug. 13/12

It’s that time of the year again! The Discovery Channel’s 25th annual Shark Week is underway - a week-long series of programming dedicated to sharks placing the shark conversation at an all time high around the world.

But for shark lovers here at Project AWARE, every week is Shark Week! We’re working every single day to protect some of the world’s most threatened species of sharks.

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Aug. 08/12

Today, Richard Benyon, UK Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, swam with sharks at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium in support of strengthening the EU ban on shark ‘finning’ (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea).

The swim launches a Shark Trust initiative asking MEPs and aquariums across the country to work together to show their support for tighter shark finning regulations ahead of crucial votes this autumn.

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Aug. 01/12

It’s truly an honor - Project AWARE was recently named one of “11 Nonprofits That Excel at Social Media” by Nonprofit Tech 2.0.

Being nominated alongside esteemed organizations including Amnesty International, UNICEF and the Nature Conservancy is extremely exciting and a true testament that you don’t need large resources to launch and maintain successful online communications and campaigns. You just need a dedicated team and a passionate group of supporters.

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