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

 

AWARE Updates

Nov. 09/14

Quito, Ecuador. November 9, 2014. Conservationists are rejoicing at the listing of 21 species of sharks and rays under the Appendices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), made official today in the final plenary session of the Conference of Parties (CoP). With these listings, member countries agreed to grant strict protection to the reef manta, the nine devil rays, and the five sawfishes, and committed to work internationally to conserve all three species of thresher sharks, two types of hammerheads, and the silky shark.

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Nov. 07/14

In 2013, an outpouring of support from the scuba diving community helped secure critical protections for an unprecedented number of sharks and rays from international trade.  Five species of highly traded sharks, both manta rays and one species of sawfish were listed during the 16th meeting of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) CITES.  

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Oct. 20/14

This September was a truly remarkable Debris Month of Action to remember. Together, we removed more than 22,200 pieces of trash from underwater environments worldwide! In September alone, divers across the globe removed and reported more than 25,000 lbs/11,500 kgs of debris in total. Thanks to all volunteers for diving in!

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Oct. 18/14

When the Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) will open its doors to welcome DIVE 2014 visitors on 25 and 26 October, scuba divers will have just a few days left to speak up for imperiled shark and ray species before their fate is debated at the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) to be held in Quito, Ecuador early November 2014.

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Oct. 17/14

We have another big opportunity to help make change for vanishing sharks and rays - one that only comes along once every three years. Every voice counts and we need yours!

Please Take 3 Minutes of Action Today:

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Sep. 26/14

Northwest Atlantic fishing countries reject both scientific advice for thorny skates and best practice for preventing finning.

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Sep. 24/14

This week, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) holds its annual meeting in Europe’s largest fishing port: Vigo, Spain. We’ve been working with various colleagues, including Shark Advocates International and Shark Trust to encourage NAFO decisions toward more responsible regional fisheries for sharks and skates.

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Sep. 30/14

As Debris Month of Action comes to an end, I thought I’d take the opportunity to catch up with one of our first Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty Instructors who has taught the course.

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Sep. 10/14

Together, we’ve hit 400,000! That’s 400K pieces of trash removed and reported from volunteer divers like you since 2011. Everything from toilet seats to plastic bags – you can see all the dirty details including a growing tally of trash items, the breakdown trash types and the individual dive survey details on the interactive Dive Against Debris map.

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Aug. 28/14

Trash is treasure? To one amazing volunteer diver who found cash during her Dive Against Debris with Stuart Cove Dive, Bahamas - that’s definitely true. However, marine debris is very rarely such an exciting find. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Divers like you and I know that the trash from our everyday lives, like plastic bags and food wrappers, as well as larger items like car batteries and enormous fishing nets are choking the ocean and taking a devastating toll on marine life too.

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