Latest Updates

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


AWARE Updates

Feb. 11/14

Project AWARE is pleased to announce that it has earned the Best in America Seal of Excellence from Independent Charities of America (ICA). Based on rigorous independent review, this seal is awarded to the members of ICA that document and demonstrate annually that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the U.S.

Jan. 29/14

According to the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG), ray species are at a higher risk than sharks. Through a first ever global study of extinction risk according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ criteria, the SSG estimates a quarter of the world’s sharks and rays threatened with extinction. Of the 1,041 species assessed, 107 rays and 74 sharks are classified as threatened. 

Jan. 15/14

Australian audiences can immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their feet wet this March as the Ocean Film Festival Australia hits cinemas across the country. The festival, which features 11 of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films, will light up silver screens in 14 cities.

Project AWARE is proud to be a conservation partner and encourages scuba divers and ocean advocates to grab a ticket as $1 from each ticket sold will support marine conservation.

Jan. 13/14

It can be a tough challenge to achieve the greenest shade of green today. It's not easy to stay on your best eco-ethical, carbon-friendly toes. But now, more than ever, it's critical to help make positive change. If you’re reading this, chances are, it’s not hard to find your green mojo. As a diver, you have a natural affinity for the blue planet and ocean protection specifically – it’s baked right in.

Dec. 20/13

This year marked many major milestones for which we thank you – the AWARE supporter, ocean advocate and volunteer. MORE

Dec. 19/13

On 13th December 2013, the Australian Government took a major step backwards for marine conservation, suspending the implementation of management plans for the 33 new marine parks, including parks in the Coral Sea, the Kimberley and the Great Australian Bight. These management plans outline the levels of protection the parks provide to fragile ocean habitat and the marine species within them.

Dec. 09/13

84 applicants worldwide, 10 finalists and six winners. A new wave of Ocean Action is about to begin thanks to your vote.

Nearly 3,000 of you voted in the 2013 Ocean Action Project helping to deliver much needed support to six new conservation projects strongly focused on manta ray and shark protection as well as educational projects targeting marine debris. 

The 2013 winning Ocean Action Projects are:

Ecotourism and Awareness for Manta Ray Conservation, Planeta Oceano, Peru

Dec. 03/13

Environmental groups, including Project AWARE, have released a report, highlighting the unique marine life in NSW, Australia which is currently at risk should the State Government decide to wind back marine protection. In a joint effort to call on the State Government to review this decision, the report was recently presented to Members of Parliament.

Nov. 25/13

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

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.