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

 

AWARE Updates

Jan. 05/12

Everyday divers can be ocean heroes too. The next time you complete a PADI certification course (or replace a lost certification card) you can become an ocean hero in one simple step: make a small donation to select the Project AWARE version of your card.

What happens next? You get a cool picture card to show off your support and 100 percent of your donation supports Project AWARE ocean initiatives to protect the places you love to dive.

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Dec. 21/11

When we step back and think about how much we have achieved this year, we realise that none of it would have been possible without support and dedication from you and the awe inspiring diving community.

We are so grateful for your commitment to saving the ocean planet, and on behalf of all of us, the Board of Directors, Project AWARE staff and of course the ocean we are working to protect, a big THANK YOU.

Throughout the last year, working side by side with you, we have:

  • Removed vast amounts of MORE
Dec. 14/11

For the past few months, we’ve observed how the new Dive Against Debris program is fairing with you, our fearless AWARE divers. We’ve been asking questions about the underwater data you reported and surveying divers to ultimately improve the program.

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Dec. 14/11

Fourth Element have teamed up with Project AWARE to create some funky new T-shirts that will not only show off your passion for life in the water but will also show off your support for all that lives in the water too.

Fourth Element’s love and passion for protecting the ocean came from years of diving and being inspired by what they saw beneath the sea.  That inspiration led to the desire to protect the source of their and all divers enjoyment.

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Dec. 13/11

Pledge your ongoing commitment to ocean protection and go 100% AWARE in 2012.

Project AWARE is launching a new partnership programme to help PADI Dive Centres integrate ocean protection priorities into their business and fund critical conservation initiatives at the same time.

Beginning January 2012, dive centres and resorts taking part in the programme will ensure all of their student divers receive the Project AWARE version of their PADI certification card.

100% AWARE donations will target protection for the world’s m MORE
Nov. 30/11

A researcher’s perspective by Christine Ward-Paige


As a scuba diver and marine biologist, my research uses scuba divers observations from around the world as a non-destructive way of gathering information on shark and ray populations (www.eShark.org). Recently, we assessed the value of such observations for analyzing trends in shark abundance and distribution.

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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.

The manta ray listing was proposed by Ecuador. MORE
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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