Local Actions Make a Global Difference

Project AWARE Foundation launches the Ocean Action Project

The search is on. Project AWARE Foundation is looking for innovative and results-driven projects to address two key focus areas: tackling marine debris problems and protecting critical shark and ray species.

Ocean Action ProjectWith increasing threats facing our ocean planet, working globally and acting locally has never been so important. To empower ocean communities to take local conservation actions to a whole new level of change, Project AWARE launched the Ocean Action Project on June 5th.

The new Ocean Action Project supports local ocean conservation initiatives that bring us a step closer to a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet.

“Concentrated efforts are needed at all levels – from the local community to the halls of government – to make the lasting changes so desperately needed,” said Alex Earl, Project AWARE Foundation’s Executive Director. “As a movement-driven organization, we know that strong grassroots actions, together with Project AWARE’s ocean policy work, are building a strong wave for ocean protection.”

Project AWARE Foundation is interested in supporting work that is action-oriented and strategically addresses root causes of marine debris or shark and ray protection issues. These projects should be measurable, with an approach for change.

“Ocean activists around the world are taking action. This new initiative provides support to community partners helping find solutions to local ocean issues,” added Alex.

To view the Ocean Action Project guidelines and application, visit www.projectaware.org/OceanActionProject. Completed applications must be received by Project AWARE by August 1st 2012. Project AWARE will select the most promising project proposals and let the supporters and community cast the final vote this August.

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Project AWARE Foundation is a global movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet - one dive at a time. Focused on the critical issues of Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, Project AWARE empowers thousands of divers in more than 180 countries to work together for a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet. Project AWARE Foundation is a registered non-profit organization.

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Tiffany Leite, Associate Director, Communications & Outreach

Tel: +1 949 858 7657 Ext. 2448 – Email: tiffany.leite@projectaware.org

Domino Albert, PR & Communications Coordinator

Tel: +44 (0)117 300 7313 - Email: domino.albert@projectaware.org.uk

Joanna McNamara, Coordinator

Tel: +61 2 9454 2890 Ext. 893 – Email: joanne.marston@projectaware.org.au