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

 

AWARE Updates

Mar. 21/12

Thanks to all your hard work lobbying MEPs, signing petitions and shouting out for sharks, we are making good progress in closing loopholes in the European ban on shark finning.

With more than 165,000 petition signatures calling on EU Fisheries Ministers to make the push to protect sharks from finning and over-exploitation, your voice is being heard loud and clear!

The European Commission finally produced a proposal during 2011 requiring all sharks to be landed with “fins naturally attached” to update the current ban (one of the weakest in the world).

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Mar. 20/12

Fisheries scientist, Dr. Shelley Clarke talks about her work with sharks and the shark fin trade in an interview with our partners at Shark Alliance*.

Based in Japan, Dr. Clarke received her doctorate in quantitative fisheries science from Imperial College London in 2003 for her ground-breaking study of the shark fin trade.

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Mar. 09/12

Project AWARE is pounding the pavement to make the ocean safer for some of the most overexploited sharks. We have less than a year to secure international trade protections for sharks at the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CITES CoP16) to be held in March 2013, Thailand.

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Mar. 02/12

Last week the European Parliament began its work on the Commission’s proposal to close major loopholes in the EU ban on shark finning submitted in the fall of 2011.

The European Commission has proposed ending special permits that allow fishermen to cut off shark fins at sea and land them separately from the bodies under a legal exemption to the overall EU requirement for landing sharks with their fins naturally attached.

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Feb. 24/12

Divers everywhere are uniting like never before for a clean, healthy ocean. Each and every day we’re amazed by your dedication and your ocean actions.

Project AWARE’s My Ocean online community has been helping you connect, organize and shine a light on your underwater actions for change. Every week the underwater data, photos, blogs and events you post are on display. And you’re inspiring others to mobilize around the world.

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Feb. 14/12

It doesn't seem possible but a draft plan for a new Coral Sea Marine Reserve leaves most of the area open to shark fishing and fails to protect the coral reefs.

Yes, that’s right. Within the Coral Sea Marine Reserve shark fishing will continue in almost half the area and 90% of reefs will remain exposed to harmful activities.

Does this sound like a Marine Reserve to you?

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Feb. 09/12

If you own, manage or work for a PADI Dive Center and you're reading this post, then we can probably agree on a couple of things about you:

1. You're extremely busy and you work hard.

2. You care about ocean protection. A healthy ocean is key to your business and your lifestyle.

Today, the 100% AWARE campaign went global, making it easier than ever to put the ocean at the heart of your business and fund critical conservation initiatives too.

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Feb. 13/12

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Project AWARE was pondering the many ways we love you - the passionate ocean advocate. We're so thrilled to be partners with you in this global movement to protect the ocean. We realize that the ocean loves and provides for us in so many ways too. This year, why not express our love for the ocean on Valentine's Day?

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Jan. 30/12

Project AWARE celebrates the recent shark finning ban for Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama waters and also but also on all vessels that fly their flags.

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Recently, I delivered the AWARE Shark Conservation Diver course to a group of divers from Dive Centre Manly. For our dives we headed to Magic Point in south Sydney, a recognised grey nurse shark aggregation.

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