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

 

AWARE Updates

Oct. 12/15

Every day, the scuba community sees firsthand the devastating impact of our trash underwater. And year-round, we’re taking action. From reporting marine debris data to protecting vulnerable marine species, scuba divers everywhere are joining forces to ensure that we’re working toward a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet.

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Sep. 01/15

Amazing prizes have been donated to Project AWARE for the Sport Diver 2015 Charity Auction in support of ocean protection and bidding is NOW OPEN!

Prizes up for grabs range from a fabulous 7-night accommodation package at the Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort including 10 dives for 2 people, generously donated by Ultimate Diving, to stunning jewelry donated by both Aquamarine and Reef Jewelry.

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Sep. 25/15

An effort by the European Union and the United States to better prevent shark “finning” (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea) gained support from Cuba and Norway during this week’s annual meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO). The EU and US have repeatedly proposed that NAFO and other international fisheries bodies strengthen existing finning bans by prohibiting the removal of shark fins at sea.

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Sep. 04/15

"What will you do to the protect the ocean?" That was the call from the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, earlier in the year. It's a call for collaboration. A call on governments, business leaders and individuals to work together and tackle the many problems our ocean faces.  

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Aug. 06/15

This July, Discovery Channel' s Shark Week returned bigger than ever before, making a splash as the highest-rated Shark Week in the event's 28 year history.

And because viewers can't get enough of all things shark, for the first time ever, Discovery is introducing "Shweekend", a special weekend of all-new Shark Week programming on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30.

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Aug. 04/15

Dive Against Debris champion, Rob Thompson, was delighted at the opportunity to discuss the growing problem of plastic in the ocean with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the Ocean Plastics Awareness Day on July 22.

In full diving gear, members of the Dive Against Debris Volunteers UK group shared their unique views on what lies beneath the waves highlighting what for most people is out of sight, out of mind.

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Jul. 20/15

This coming fall season, UK audiences will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their feet wet! After a highly successful first tour in 2014, the Ocean Festival World Tour is returning to the UK. The festival, which originates in Australia, will feature a brand new selection of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films and will be shown in 24 towns and cities across the UK.

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Jul. 09/15

Sharks and rays are at a substantially higher risk of extinction than most other groups of animals. One quarter of all known species of sharks, skates and rays are listed as Threatened with Extinction on the IUCN Red List™.

Yet, over 1000 species that belong to this group play diverse, critical roles in the ocean ecosystem, are a source of food for thousands of people around the world, and provide many non-consumptive benefits to communities around the world.

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Jul. 09/15

Today, the European Parliament (EP) voted in Plenary in Strasbourg on the Pietikainen report, a circular economy report calling on the European Commission to increase its headline marine litter reduction target from 30% to 50% reduction by 2025. The report sends a vital message to the European Commission and Europe as a whole that the European Parliament is in favour of the circular economy as a way to greater resource security, increased jobs and growth, and to tackle marine litter.

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Jul. 04/15

IATTC takes steps to safeguard rays, but leaves finning ban weak, and sharks under-protected

Guayaquil, Ecuador. July 3, 2015. Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) have taken concrete, groundbreaking steps to conserve Eastern Pacific manta and devil rays, but have failed to reach consensus on proposals to strengthen the region’s ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea) or on bids to curb fishing of hammerhead and silky sharks.

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