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

 

AWARE Updates

Nov. 25/13

ICCAT leaves high seas mako fishing unregulated, porbeagles unprotected, and finning ban weak.

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Nov. 22/13

Sometimes finding the perfect gift can be a daunting task. This is especially true during the holiday season.  Why not treat your loved ones with a gift that keeps on giving and contributes to protecting what divers love the most: the ocean?

From AWARE clothing to AWARE courses for divers and non-divers alike, there are a full range of gifts you can make to spread the ocean love and make this year’s holiday season a special occasion to share your passion for ocean conservation with friends and family.

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Nov. 20/13

The ocean provides food, regulates our climate, gives us oxygen and acts as our planet's life support system - with every breath, we’re connected to the ocean. To kick off the Holiday season, we pause to give thanks to all our volunteer divers who protect the ocean planet one dive at a time.

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Nov. 20/13

What happens to shark and ray species when decision makers don’t follow scientific advice?  How can science support sustainable shark and ray management?  These were some of the questions addressed during this year’s European Elasmobranch Association’s (EEA) annual conference held in Plymouth UK from 1st to 3rd November where shark scientists and advocates from all corners of the globe came to discuss the latest in shark science and conservation.

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Nov. 26/13

Brace for impact. Project AWARE is powering ocean heroes into action and you hold the power to turn a conservation dream into reality.

Over 80 applicants sent in their Ocean Action Project in this year's round of grassroots ocean protection support making the judging for who would become a finalist extremely tough.

Now we're handing over the power to you - the Project AWARE supporter. Your support helps fuel our conservation actions and results.

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Nov. 13/13

Rays trapped in lost fishing nets, floating plastic bags resembling jellyfish, glass bottles and tyres covering the ocean floor are all too common a sight for scuba divers who are the first to see how devastating marine litter is underwater.  Many of us pick up trash every time we dive. We organize or participate in Dive Against Debris. And between now and December 18th, you have a unique opportunity to share your opinion on how the European Union (EU) can best tackle marine litter.

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Oct. 25/13

In the Great Lakes, marine debris affects the beauty of our environment, is a health and safety hazard, threatens our wildlife and natural resources, and comes at a significant economic cost. From a beach covered in trash to an animal entangled in fishing line, marine debris is a problem we can’t ignore. This article focuses on microplastics, a little—and little known—type of marine debris.

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Nov. 08/13

Dive store owners from across New South Wales (NSW), Australia have united, writing to Premier O’Farrell urging him to reverse the decision to allow fishing in marine sanctuaries and reinstate the protection the ocean requires.

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Oct. 28/13

In October 2012, five incredible ocean actions were kickstarted thanks to your vote. 12 months on these awesome conservation projects are almost coming to an end. We caught up with two of our 2012 ocean heroes to find out exactly how your donation is making a big difference to ocean protection in their local communities.

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Oct. 23/13

What do a skateboard, Ganesh statue, golf clubs and fake teeth all have in common? They were all odd items found by Dive Against Debris volunteers during this year’s September Debris Month of Action.  

What else did volunteer divers find? More than 38,680 debris items including 3,935 plastic beverage bottles, 2,152 cigarette filters, and 2,363 cigar tips. Shocking? Wait until we tell you what the most bizarre and unusual discovery was: a “makeshift toilet” found in the murky depths of the Sheffield Canal in the UK.

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