The buzz is building. The meeting of the member countries to CITES this 3-14 March is just days away. As we sprint toward the main event, where officials will consider 70 proposals to protect species, including commercially valuable oceanic whitetip sharks, hammerheads, porbeagles sharks, manta rays and freshwater sawfish - we know we’re up for some tough battles ahead.
There are so many reasons to not do something incredible or remarkable. Classic excuses for not becoming involved. But for the past 20 years as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Project AWARE is proud to say, most of what we’ve heard is the splash of countless, inspiring AWARE divers, doing what we do best - just diving in.
This year, as we blow out 20 candles and celebrate 20 years of ocean protection – we celebrate you – the remarkable, the passionate ocean hero. And we can't help but feel invigorated for the challenges ahead.
The 2013 European dive show season is now in full swing. From Paris to Düsseldorf, Milan to Madrid, without forgetting London, the Project AWARE team is rallying support for its new "Extinction is NOT an Option" campaign.
Recent research reveals that even remote areas of the oceans are affected by increasing levels of plastic waste on the seafloor. The study found that quantities of litter from human activities, mostly plastic, on the seabed of an isolated Arctic site, doubled from 2002 to 2011.
Around 60% of the Earth’s surface is covered by the seafloor, yet very little is known about how pollution has affected the deep ocean, in particular, remote areas such as the Arctic.
The United States said Friday it would support proposals to curb the trade of five shark species and manta rays, whose numbers are declining because of demand for fins and gills.
"For several decades, we have been increasingly concerned about the over harvest of sharks and manta rays," US Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said in a meeting at the United Nations, according to a statement.
The dive show display and pull-up banners are ready. Our leaflets, posters, petition forms, raffle tickets, badges are all packed. We're ready for the 44th International Boat Show, the world's largest yacht and water sports show taking place at the Fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany from January 19 - 27, 2013. MORE
According to a JRC co-authored article published in Nature Scientific Reports, the shark and ray communities in the Adriatic Sea have been highly depleted in recent years, with fishing being a key driver of the decline.
Have you made a New Year Resolution for 2013? Why not keep it simple and aim to reduce, recycle and Dive Against Debris? For the the GoPro Family a resolution to go green developed into a real fixation. "This eco-friendly mission soon became an obsession and Angel was collecting cans and bottles from everywhere and anywhere to recycle," said Jo Armitage, Master Instructor.
It’s that time of year when many of us take stock. What happened in 2012? How can we make the New Year the best that it can be? Project AWARE is hitting the ground running in 2013 and we’re committed to ensuring progress for sharks and rays under CITES this March. You can help push for these protections: Sign the petition today!
It was a lucky day for two large Hawksbill Turtles stuck in a turtle net off the coast of Viti Levu near Vuda Marina, Fiji.
On December 30th, Tony Koens – director/owner of Subsurface Fiji Adventure Diving and Watersportsand his partner Carina Bjers, also with Subsurface Fiji, decided to take their SUP (Standup Paddle Board) out for a leisurely afternoon paddle.
They left the beach and were headed towards Naisoso when a few hundred metres down the coast they spotted a large turtle net that had 250mm square mesh and was about 200 metres in length according to Tony.
A Kiwi man's dream to establish a shark sanctuary the size of Mexico has been realised in the Cook Islands.
On December 12, the Cook Islands declared its 1997 million square kilometre Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) a sanctuary for sharks and rays - the largest in the world and with the toughest shark conservation regulations to date.
The sanctuary is the product of an 18-month grassroots campaign led by Auckland-born Stephen Lyon, a marine scientist and founder of the Rarotonga-based NGO the Pacific Islands Conservation Initiative (PICI).
Manta rays, close to the heart of every diver, are at risk of extinction. The time is now to protect them! If you take a PADI course in 2013 you can choose the Project AWARE limited edition manta ray card and make a donation to help protect manta rays.
FACT: Manta ray catch has nearly quadrupled in seven years according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
As we turn the page on 2012, we celebrate what we’ve achieved this year and take a look at your ocean wishes for the future. With a movement of AWARE divers one million strong - we’ll continue to elevate solutions for the ocean worldwide.