We are emptying the ocean of sharks. As a diver and a global citizen acting locally, you can play a critical role in saving sharks. Here’s why your actions to protect sharks are so important:
Nearly one out of five shark species is classified by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as Threatened with extinction. That doesn’t even include hundreds of species (almost half of all sharks) whose population status cannot be assessed because of lack of information. Scientists warn that, in actuality, a third of sharks might already be threatened.
They’re easy targets. Moving slowly through the ocean, often in predictable aggregations – these gentle, filter-feeding giants and their smaller cousins the devil rays - are being fished at an alarming rate.
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Calling all ocean heroes. Are you leading new depths for ocean protection in your community? Do you have an innovative, results-driven project that needs an extra little push to get off the ground? Welcome to the Ocean Action Project – an opportunity for individuals like you to propel ocean protection priorities locally.
Just like climbers and campers have an ethic or code to live by – so do scuba divers. Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet helps divers of all skill levels make a difference when they dive, travel, and more. Download and share the 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet and do your part to take this ocean ethic to heart.