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AWARE Updates

Jul. 17/13

Have you ever heard of a gal shaving her head on her birthday? In the name of shark protection? That’s just what Divemaster, Heather Murray did during Project AWARE’s global Finathon™ - smashing her fundraising target and raising more than $8000 to support sharks. We couldn’t be more inspired!

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Jun. 19/13

Two years ago, 14 divers from Project AWARE and PADI Asia Pacific braved the Australian winter chill to complete the very first Dive Against Debris at Shelley Beach, NSW, Australia. They removed and recorded a variety of marine debris including plastic bottles, plastic bags and fishing line – all the usual culprits.  Since then, divers like you have reported data from more than 1,000 Dive Against Debris surveys.

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Jun. 06/13
Today the EU Council of Ministers formally adopted a strengthened EU ban on shark finning, the wasteful practice of slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea. 
            
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Jun. 13/13

Every day divers remove harmful rubbish from our ocean and beverage containers are one of the top items found during Dive Against Debris surveys around the world. It’s time to Kick the Can.

Australians have the opportunity to show their support for a national Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) – a 10c refundable deposit on beverage containers that will stop 80% of disposable containers entering the ocean and killing our precious marine life.

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May. 30/13

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), a US east coast state fishery management body, took a giant step backwards for shark conservation when it weakened the coast-wide ban on shark finning at its most recent meeting held in Alexandria, Virginia May 20-23, 2013.

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May. 23/13

We know marine debris is preventable. Together, we can stop it by taking local action and supporting policy change. I did exactly that by Diving Against Debris for the first time since becoming the Executive Director of Project AWARE during a visit to the beautiful island of Koh Tao. My visit followed AWARE’s successful campaign efforts for vulnerable sharks and rays at CITES in March 2013 and it was exciting to share recent victory with our supporters.

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May. 15/13

Endangered Species Day is an opportunity to learn about the importance of endangered species and actions we can take to protect them. Scuba divers, with a passion for the ocean like no other, are naturally concerned about decline in marine species.

The good news is, we’re a strong voice and we’re achieving major milestones together. Just recently, we won campaigns to list oceanic whitetip sharks, porbeagles, three species of hammerheads and both manta rays under CITES.   

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May. 08/13

I was very touched when I was invited to come back to my roots and represent Project AWARE in British Columbia, my home province in Canada, where I first learned to dive. The diving community of British Columbia invited me, in cooperation with the Shaw Ocean Discovery Center and the Vancouver Aquarium, to speak about the inspiring initiatives Project AWARE works toward at home and abroad to protect the underwater world. 

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Apr. 18/13

A study just published in the Journal of Marine Biology sheds new light on the relatively rare but occasionally recorded presence of white sharks in waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands, and suggests a new method to help distinguish between white sharks and close relatives, such as mako sharks. The paper, titled "Occurrence of White Sharks in Hawaiian Waters," was written by Kevin Weng of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and Randy Honebrink of the Hawai'i DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR).

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Apr. 30/13

The Finathon concept was born in 2011 from one scuba diver’s passion for sharks and has now swept the globe, raising critical funds for shark protection and inspiring a movement to end finning. The first Finathon™ took place in the town of Stoke on Trent, in the heart of England.  An unlikely place to find a tribe of FINatical shark advocates.

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