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

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Jun. 11/14

Shark Advocates International is welcoming an unprecedented suite of proposals from Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) to list 21 species of rays and sharks on the CMS Appendices. Two species of hammerheads, all three threshers, and the silky shark have been proposed for CMS Appendix II, which would encourage regional cooperation to conserve shared populations. All five sawfishes, nine devil rays, and the reef manta are proposed for Appendix I & II; Appendix I listing would bring obligations for strict protection.

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Jun. 05/14

Shark Specialists Prioritize Recovery of World’s Largest, Most Threatened Rays Durban, South Africa. June 5, 2014.

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May. 30/14

World Oceans Day, 8th June, is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time to make strong arguments for change. All month long, Project AWARE is taking advantage of strategic opportunities to represent the voice of divers – a powerful constituency when it comes to ocean protection.

Our focus areas – sharks and marine debris – are high on the global policy agenda this month and Project AWARE aims to advocate for the ocean where and when the important decisions are made.

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May. 15/14
Is it a funny name? A fun bunch of scuba divers? Or fundraising in fins? A big sharktastic round of applause if you answered all three. 
 

It’s a funny name for a swimathon in fins. It’s the global fundraiser for scuba divers to raise a few dollars for sharks and of course have some fun. But there’s also a serious side to all the wacky shark costumes, flash mobs and epic swim challenges.  

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May. 22/14

Humans produced nearly 300 million tons of plastic in 2012, but where does it end up? A new study has found plastic debris in a surprising location: trapped in Arctic sea ice. As the ice melts, it could release a flood of floating plastic onto the world.

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May. 22/14

The Government is proposing to bring forward a total ban on the finning of dead sharks by two years in response to widespread public concern about the gruesome practice.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith originally planned to ban finning of all shark species, except blue sharks, by October 2015.

The ban on removing blue sharks' fins would have begun in October 2016.

This led to an outcry by conservation groups because blue shark was the species most affected by the finning practice.

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May. 07/14

May 16th is Endangered Species Day - a time to emphasize the importance of protecting species on the brink and the everyday actions that people can do to help protect them. Every tip from Project AWARE’s modernized 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet can help the world’s most threatened marine species every time you dive and travel. For this month, Tip #3: Take Only Photos – Leave Only Bubbles is a no-brainer.

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May. 08/14

Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in Europe's streets, oceans, beaches, forests and natural areas. And every year millions of Europeans get out in their neighborhoods to clean up in voluntary actions. "Let's Clean up Europe" is an initiative that aims to encourage more such actions, to raise awareness about the scale of the litter and waste problems, and to encourage changes in behaviour. The event is being coordinated by the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR).

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Apr. 22/14

Cars, a makeshift toilet, a full set of golf clubs, a set of false teeth and a pogo stick. These are just some of the unusual items found by volunteer scuba divers who are helping Project AWARE offer a new, underwater view of the problem of trash – much of it plastic – in the ocean.

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Apr. 25/14

Urgent, coordinated action is needed to restore productive, resilient oceans, ensure food security and support human livelihoods, according to participants at the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth. The Summit also called for oceans to be embedded in the post-2015 development agenda, preferably in a stand-alone sustainable development goal (SDG) on oceans.

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Apr. 30/14

A major new survey of the seafloor has found that even in the deepest ocean depths you can find bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other types of human litter.

The litter was found throughout the Mediterranean, and all the way from the continental shelf of Europe to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge 2,000 kilometres from land. Litter is a problem in the marine environment as it can be mistaken for food and eaten by some animals or can entangle coral and fish – a process known as "ghost fishing".

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Apr. 30/14

Supported by Emirates Diving Association and local businesses, Divers Down in Dubai is getting ready to host their bi-annual family day in support of Project AWARE's global Finathon®

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Apr. 26/14

Which of these two groups do you think would know the whereabouts of sharks better: local dive guides or professional marine biologists?

In a new paper in PLoS ONE, marine researchers in Australia report on the reliability of data collected by experienced SCUBA divers. Can amateurs report observations of sharks accurately?

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Apr. 24/14

Ever since Hans Christian Andersen put pen to paper, it has been every little girl's dream to become a mermaid! With a little help from Kat Felton, professional mermaid, underwater model and PADI scuba instructor, this year’s Miss Scuba UK finalists are in for a treat!

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Apr. 04/14

AWARE divers are the happiest divers. How do we know? Studies show that the secret to happiness is doing good. Over the last several years scientists have studied what’s been dubbed the “helper’s high”. What did they find? The amount of purpose in peoples’ lives determined their degree of happiness. In fact, the more people participated in meaningful activities, the better they felt. 

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