Latest Updates

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


AWARE Updates

Feb. 09/15

A single red rose? A box of chocolates? Maybe a romantic candlelit dinner for two? 

With Valentine's Day just around the corner we're definitely feeling the love here in the Project AWARE office. But it's not the traditional kind of Valentine's Day "lurve" we're into this February. We're feeling the love - the love for our ocean. And we want to share it with you!

Feb. 03/15

What if we told you the effort you put forth as a diver to complete a PADI certification course could also support ocean protection initiatives? These initiatives include securing conservation measures for the most vulnerable shark and ray species, and providing the tools and resources to volunteer scuba divers to take action against marine debris in their local communities and to collect data critical to working towards solutions to this global issue.

Jan. 08/15

As we hit the ground running toward agressive goals for 2015, we take a moment to check in on our partners in the field - the Ocean Action Projects you voted to receive support for their grassroots conservation efforts around the world. Be sure to keep an eye on their My Ocean profiles to get the latest info about the awesome actions they’re leading. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve achieved so far:

Jan. 05/15

The New Year is a time for celebration and looking toward the future with hope. Although the recent reports on the state of our oceans doesn’t give much hope for the future of our blue planet, there is a growing realization among world leaders that the ocean needs urgent action. 

Dec. 19/14

The New South Wales (NSW) State Government in Australia has finally lifted the fishing amnesty on most coastal marine sanctuaries. For nearly 2 years, coastal marine sanctuaries in NSW have been open to recreational fishing leaving our precious marine life unprotected.

Dec. 15/14

As we approach the end of 2014, it's a special time for many people across the globe to celebrate. And here at Project AWARE, we're celebrating YOU!

Every day we receive messages, emails and images of the actions you're taking to lead the fight for ocean protection in your local community.

Nov. 28/14

The ocean has always held so much for me. Even when I was a little girl, watching the surf roll in, exploring rock pools or splashing in the waves, the ocean mesmerized me.

Even now when I stand at our local headland I feel overwhelmed by its beauty, its vastness and its incredible strength. It has helped me gain perspective in times of trouble and it’s allowed me to explore a whole new world which I’m privileged enough to help protect every time I go to work.

Nov. 21/14

As divers, we share a special connection with our ocean planet and therefore hold a natural affinity to want to protect the marine environment. This past 10 days, Project AWARE has been on the frontlines participating at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney to represent and highlight all the awesome actions that divers across the globe take to help protect our ocean planet.

Nov. 18/14

The Project AWARE New York Marathon Team not only performed an incredible feat of athleticism and endurance in freezing temperatures - but together raised more than $22,000 to support global shark protection.

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.