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

 

AWARE Updates

Nov. 29/11

Divers from around the world are joining together in a call to protect the Coral Sea. The Coral Sea is one of the last remaining places on earth where large marine animals are still found in great numbers, yet less than one percent of the Coral Sea is currently protected from extractive industries.

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Nov. 28/11

Project AWARE is thrilled that Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) reached agreement last week in Bergen, Norway to list the globally threatened giant manta ray under CMS Appendix I and II.

The listing obligates CMS member countries to provide strict national protections for giant manta rays and their key habitats, and encourages concerted global and regional action among all Range States to conserve the iconic species.

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Nov. 21/11

On Monday 21st November 2011, Project AWARE together with other Shark Alliance member groups enthusiastically welcomed the long-awaited proposal from the European Commission to close the loopholes in the European Union’s ban on shark finning, the wasteful practice of slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea.

The proposal if adopted by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers would ensure that all sharks taken by EU vessels or in EU waters are landed with their fins still naturally attached to their bodies.

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Nov. 18/11

What a lively and inspiring evening! If you missed out on the excitement last Saturday, 12th November, Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Project AWARE's Artisans of the Sea event was buzzing when three amazing marine artists stole the show.

Wyland, Rogest and Blu Rivard, not only spoke about their personal involvement in ocean protection and their passion and support for Project AWARE Foundation, the artists also donated artwork for a silent auction in support of Project AWARE's conservation campaigns.

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Oct. 31/11

When Lee Johnson, owner of Perth Scuba in Western Australia, first read the AWARE Shark Conservation Study Guide he was horrified by the number of sharks killed every year. "The figures were very sobering. It makes you want to act to protect them, NOW!"

Lee has always had a fascination with sharks. Now Lee teaches AWARE Shark Conservation to inform his divers of major ocean protection issues and tell them how they can act locally and internationally to protect sharks.

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Oct. 31/11

Project AWARE's Big Shark Shout Out Week has just wrapped up and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the noise you've made for sharks. October gave way to an incredible show of support from divers around the world as they shouted out loud that sharks need urgent protection.

Project AWARE, as a steering group member of the Shark Alliance, co-ordinated Big Shark Shout Out activities in support of European Shark Week not only in Europe, but globally, gaining huge support from the diving community.

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Oct. 20/11

After months of anticipation and excitement, the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 were announced on 19 October at a gala awards ceremony held at the Natural History Museum, London.

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Oct. 17/11

We kicked off September's Debris Month of Action with a photo contest - calling for your weirdest, strangest and craziest marine debris photos. And boy did we get them! 

One month, 159 entries, 8 finalists and over 1000 votes later, we're pleased to announce the following winners:

1st Place: "Underwater Recycling" by Christian Skauge, from Norway.

Runners Up: "Easy Rider" by Frances Whitfield, from Australia and "Two of my Favorite Things: Handbags and Nudibranchs" by Twila Midgley from the UK.

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Oct. 14/11

Meet Finn and Finley, Project AWARE Sharks on Tour

They have a hammer-like shape head, a trendy Hawaiian look, and they are on a mission to spread the word that sharks need urgent protection!

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Oct. 13/11

Project AWARE will once again be attending DIVE 2011 at the Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in the UK, which is taking place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2011.

Visitors to this year's NEC Birmingham Dive Show will find more than 300 exhibitors taking part but Project AWARE will most likely be the loudest. Why? We will be shouting our lungs out for sharks!

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