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Read about all the latest developments in the global underwater conservancy movement.

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Aug. 12/12

The United Nations has launched a new "Oceans Compact" to combat pollution, over-fishing and rising sea levels.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched a new initiative to protect the oceans and the people whose livelihoods depend on it, and called on countries to work together to achieve a more sustainable management of this precious resource and address the threats it is currently facing.

"The seas and oceans host some of the most vulnerable and important ecosystems on Earth, but the diversity of life they host is under ever-increasing strain," Mr. MORE

Aug. 14/12

Enthusiastic divers keen to put a stop to marine rubbish are saying no to straws. It’s a small step which makes a big difference. Straws are one of the top items found by divers who regularly Dive Against Debris.

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Aug. 13/12

It’s that time of the year again! The Discovery Channel’s 25th annual Shark Week is underway - a week-long series of programming dedicated to sharks placing the shark conversation at an all time high around the world.

But for shark lovers here at Project AWARE, every week is Shark Week! We’re working every single day to protect some of the world’s most threatened species of sharks.

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Aug. 12/12

Americans who eat shark fin soup—an Asian delicacy costing up to $100 per bowl in the United States—might be unknowingly consuming an endangered species. According to an unprecedented scientific analysis by Stony Brook University, the Field Museum in Chicago and with support from the Pew Environment Group, the shark fin soup served in 14 U.S. cities contains at-risk species, including scalloped hammerhead, which is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Endangered globally.

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Aug. 08/12

A marine scientist has urged people to "think twice about litter" after a basking shark was filmed in Manx waters with plastic around its nose.

The sighting comes just two weeks after a grey seal was pictured with plastic around its throat near Kitterland.

Jackie Hall, of Manx Basking Shark Watch (MBSW), said: "The images are terrifying."

The basking shark was filmed by a kayaker off the coast of Peel, who described it as "extremely upsetting".

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Aug. 08/12

Today, Richard Benyon, UK Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, swam with sharks at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium in support of strengthening the EU ban on shark ‘finning’ (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea).

The swim launches a Shark Trust initiative asking MEPs and aquariums across the country to work together to show their support for tighter shark finning regulations ahead of crucial votes this autumn.

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Aug. 07/12

A big thanks to Austin Williams for raising over $2,000 through the sale of his funky t-shirt designs. Austin combines his creativity and passion for the ocean to create unique humorous t-shirts with a serious message.

Dive T-Shirts supports Project AWARE’s Mantas at Risk Campaign and this month’s favourite tee is ‘What Manta?’ said Austin.

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Aug. 03/12

Shark Advocates International is congratulating the government of Sri Lanka for adopting rules to protect three species of thresher sharks -- wide ranging species characterized by their exceptionally long tails – in line with a 2010 agreement by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC).

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Aug. 01/12

It’s truly an honor - Project AWARE was recently named one of “11 Nonprofits That Excel at Social Media” by Nonprofit Tech 2.0.

Being nominated alongside esteemed organizations including Amnesty International, UNICEF and the Nature Conservancy is extremely exciting and a true testament that you don’t need large resources to launch and maintain successful online communications and campaigns. You just need a dedicated team and a passionate group of supporters.

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Aug. 01/12


The number of basking sharks recorded in Britain's seas could be increasing, decades after being protected from commercial hunting in the late 20th century. The most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of basking shark sightings in UK waters, by the University of Exeter, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) and Wave Action, is published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.

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Jul. 27/12

On the eve of the Olympics Opening Ceremony, let's celebrate scuba divers who RUN! Sarah Mayers, a Brisbane Divemaster and Andy Wellsted, Course Director and Manager of Tangalooma Dive on Moreton Island are taking on the Brisbane to Bridge Challenge this September.

Sarah’s been busy educating her work colleagues about the wonders of scuba diving and the need to protect the ocean.  She’s passionate about making more people aware and hopes they will spread the word and contribute to the cause.  

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Jul. 22/12

KOTA KINABALU: The shark population in Sabah waters has dwindled significantly in the last 20 years, a forum was told recently.

And the time has come for a “balanced” alternative to be reached consensually for the shark species to thrive and be protected.

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Jul. 27/12

It's one of the greatest shows on earth: the Olympic Games 2012. 10,500 athletes from around the world descend on London for the next 19 days of competitions, tears and triumphs as they go for gold. Let the games begin.

But as well as the athletes, London also play host to the hundreds of thousands of spectators, Olympic organisers, media, businesses, politicians, caterers - the list goes on. London will be a hive of action, pumping and buzzing with energy and adrenaline.

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Jul. 20/12

NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette arrived back in its homeport of Honolulu  a few days ago after a month in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The team of 17 scientists collected nearly 50 metric tons of marine debris, which threatens monk seals, sea turtles and other marine life in the coral reef ecosystem, in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI). NOAA has conducted annual removal missions of marine debris in the NWHI since 1996 as part of a coral restoration effort.

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Jul. 19/12

Vincent Mock’s deep love for the ocean is apparent through his art where he explores the human disconnection from nature in an ironic way – sculpting ocean predators from the very fish hooks that threaten their survival. A fellow PADI Divemaster and artist, Mock has traveled and dived the world over. Here he discusses his Hooked on Life series.

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