Action Highlights

Of the 57 participants that raised funds for the Project AWARE Finathon, some swam with fins, mask and snorkel, and some without. 

One swimmer signed up after seeing our youtube movie post about shark finning - he had no idea of the danger sharks face!

The swim course was in front of a popular beach (Mambo Beach) so a lot of passers-by got curious and asked us what was going on, which makes us feel that we reached quite a few people with information about shark finning. A lot of people still don't realize that there are really not that many sharks left!

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Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is ‘FINatical’ about sharks and joined scuba divers around the world in swimming to end finning.

On Sunday July 28 at the NSU Aquatic Center Competition Pool in Davie, Florida, the NSU Shark community swam 10,000 yards to raise much-needed funds for shark protection!

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We had a very successful “Dive for Debris” on Sunday. 9 volunteer divers joined our staff and managed to remove 332kg of debris from the seafront in Port Vila, not a bad effort for 17 divers!

There were a lot of bottles, both glass and plastic, but the most unusual item we found was a printer/scanner. We also found a video recorder and a watch.

The team was fantastic at separating and counting the items so we could send off the data to Project Aware and it was done in quick time with everybody mucking in (please excuse the pun!!)

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On Saturday, July 13, 2013, volunteer divers gathered at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Yellow Submarine for the third quarterly clean up dive of the year.  It was a beautiful sunny morning with perfect dive conditions, as usual for Bonaire.  All of the participants collected their free tanks from the dive center and then assembled for the safety briefing.

 

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Last night at 6pm down here on Little Cayman in the middle of the Caribbean I conducted my talk about sharks - why they are so amazing and the threats they are facing.  The most recent scientific paper (Worm et al .2013) has given estimates of shark mortality not only from commercial fishing but through bycatch, illegal unreported fishing, and shark finning.  There conservative estimate was that 100 million sharks are killed per year - that's around 11,500 sharks per hour!

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Since decade 1980 no cleanup have been done on this lake.  In such time, oven stoves, fridges and dryers were taked out and every citizen and visitors watch its trashes.  Anyways, accidents append and trashes find their way to the lake's floor.  From there, they often migrate throw rivers up to the Atlantic Ocean.  Cleaning this head lake helps to keep Jaune river, St-Charles river and St-Laurence river cleaner.

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Le lac Beauport est un lac de tête.  La décharge se jette dans la rivière St-Charles qui se jettera ensuite dans le St-Laurent, chemin vers l'Atlantique en passant par l'Estuaire et le Golfe St-Laurent.  Le nettoyage a mis en branle 25 plongeurs, embarqués dans 10 bateaux.  Sur ce petit lac d'un peu plus d'un kilomètre carré, nous avons tout de même cueilli près de 10 kilos de matériel divers.  Le grand ménage avait était fait durant les années 1980, sortant alors les poêle, frigo et gros électo-ménagers de même que moteurs et autres pièces polluantes.

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Dive Tribe along with students from Mahidol University took to the beaches for World Ocean Day and in readiness for there up and coming recycle center project on Koh Sak Island.

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A great weekends diving and thank you for everyone for coming to the event.

Very glad to say that the reefs in Oman are very clean with not a lot of debris.

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The run up to Calypso's Finathon 2013 has been fun in itself. The Calypso Diving team put forward some great appeals that have attracted support from donors, raising a total of $2,215 for Project AWARE so far. 

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