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

 

AWARE Updates

May. 10/12

We couldn’t be more inspired. Passionate diver, shark lover and competitive runner, Kendra Bolt, loves a challenge. This year, she’s combined her passions by establishing Project AWARE as a Charity Partner for the ING New York City Marathon in November 2012. Kendra will lead the Project AWARE team to train and raise funds for the ocean and we can’t wait to see them cross the finish line!

"I love sharks but the fight for their protection isn't just an emotional one. It's logical, it's empirical, and it's extremely important," says Bolt.

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May. 07/12

Sharks are in peril and the ability to buy and sell their fins and meat internationally is a big driver of shark over-exploitation. And regulation is sorely lacking for almost all trade in sharks which are sought for fins, meat, oil, teeth and cartilage.

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May. 09/12

All the staff and Board Members at Project AWARE were deeply saddened to hear the news on the weekend of the passing of one of our oceans' greatest heroes and ambassadors, Neville Coleman OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia). 

Based in Australia, Neville dedicated his life to underwater exploration and marine conservation. As an underwater naturalist he explored the world of water, discovering many new critters and species across the globe. His incredible career spans over 45 years of underwater exploration, photographing and documenting ocean life.

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May. 02/12

We reached a massive milestone during April’s Big Shark Shout Out and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Hundreds of supporters shouted for sharks and took AWARE's shark petition to the streets helping reach an impressive total of 100,000 signatures. These signatures give a stronger, united voice to push for trade protection for the world's most vulnerable shark species. 

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May. 01/12

With your help, the voice for shark protection has grown - 100,000 strong!

April's Big Shark Shout Out 2012 has ended with a very loud and clear message to global policy makers that 100,972 SCUBA divers and shark advocates are demanding effective and enforceable shark protection measures.

Project AWARE is going to great lengths to ensure our collective voice helps secure trade protection for the most v MORE

Apr. 25/12

Oceanic whitetip sharks and hawksbill turtles appear to have little in common, but sadly they share a similar fate - both are highly valued for just one of their body parts, while the rest of the animal is usually discarded.

Hawksbill turtle shells are used for jewellery and souvenirs, while the oceanic whitetip's long, curved fins are highly prized for shark fin soup. In both cases the flesh is less valuable and often discarded, though whitetip shark meat is consumed in some regions.  

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Apr. 23/12

When most people think of sharks, they think of the film Jaws and scary stories. Fear of sharks comes mainly from lack of knowledge and the inaccurate man-eating image perpetuated by mass media over the years. Through the power of images, divers can tell the real story and raise awareness about the plight of sharks.

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Apr. 18/12

With Earth Day, 22nd April fast approaching, the Big Shark Shout Out is in full swing and it's louder, and madder, than ever before!

We love sharks - as divers we appreciate their beauty, respect their power and become mesmerised when we catch a glimpse underwater. We're so into sharks one could say, we are completely mad about them. In fact we're Shark Raving Mad to be precise.

The Oxford dictionary's definition of mad: 

1. very enthusiastic about someone or something

2. very angry 

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Apr. 15/12

Project AWARE Foundation is honored to welcome Alex Earl as Executive Director. A committed marine conservationist and enthusiastic diver, Alex has lived and worked in four countries and dived in many regions of the world including the Philippines, Australia, Tanzania, Fiji, Tahiti, Canada and the United States. 

Alex draws from an extensive background in global non-profit management, strategic planning, program development, campaigning, fundraising, and business development as well as extensive cross-cultural and international experience.

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Apr. 13/12

Have you dived or snorkeled with a manta ray? Imagine a creature the size of your desk or even your bed gliding gracefully above you.  Mantas can dive to depths of more than 1,000 metres, they roam the oceans in search of food, never resting, constantly swimming to survive.

It’s a magical moment when these captivating creatures open their giant mouths to filter plankton from the water.  Known as filter feeders, they swim through the water funneling the plankton through their gills. The plankton is trapped in their gill rakers and swallowed.

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