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

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Sep. 26/14

US President Barack Obama has signed a memorandum to expand a vast marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean.

The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will become the largest network of oceanic protected areas in the world.

The memorandum bans commercial fishing, deep-sea mining and other extraction of underwater resources in the area.

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Oct. 03/14

Flying the banner of Project AWARE Dive against Debris once again, the staff and students of Nottingham Trent University embarked on another trip to Mauritius during March and April of this year.

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Sep. 26/14

Northwest Atlantic fishing countries reject both scientific advice for thorny skates and best practice for preventing finning.

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Sep. 10/14

Together, we’ve hit 400,000! That’s 400K pieces of trash removed and reported from volunteer divers like you since 2011. Everything from toilet seats to plastic bags – you can see all the dirty details including a growing tally of trash items, the breakdown trash types and the individual dive survey details on the interactive Dive Against Debris map.

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Sep. 24/14

This week, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) holds its annual meeting in Europe’s largest fishing port: Vigo, Spain. We’ve been working with various colleagues, including Shark Advocates International and Shark Trust to encourage NAFO decisions toward more responsible regional fisheries for sharks and skates.

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Sep. 24/14

On 6 September, Helsinki celebrated Project AWARE's Debris Month of Action with a loud and big community event. Dimjami Music Band joined the celebrations to cheer up the divers who came together to conduct a Dive Against Debris survey and remove a staggering amount of marine debris from the Baltic sea.

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Sep. 13/14

It’s hard to believe that 18 months has passed since historic decisions were made for sharks and rays. Together with you and our partners, we had campaigned for this moment.

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Sep. 17/14

The setting of Total Allowable Catch for NAFO fish stocks will take centre stage at the 36th Annual Meeting to be held in Vigo, Galicia from 22-26 September 2014.

The meeting, hosted by Spain with support from the European Commission, will see the representatives of 12 NAFO Contracting Parties discuss the setting of catch limits based on the best scientific advice.

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Sep. 12/14

New CITES trade controls come into effect on 14 September. Most comprehensive global effort seen in CITES’ 40-year history to give sharks and manta rays a better chance of surviving in the wild through robust regulation of international trade.

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Sep. 02/14

Researchers have created a new model that could help determine what area of the world is to blame for each ocean garbage patch of floating debris – a difficult task for a system as complex and massive as the ocean.

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Sep. 11/14

Following rigorous examination of the proposal, Chairman Dr Paul Vogel said there remains a high degree of scientific uncertainty about impacts on the viability of the south-western white shark population.

“At this stage, the available information and evidence does not provide the EPA with a high level of confidence. In view of these uncertainties, the EPA has adopted a cautious approach by recommending against the proposal,” Dr Vogel said.

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Aug. 28/14

Trash is treasure? To one amazing volunteer diver who found cash during her Dive Against Debris with Stuart Cove Dive, Bahamas - that’s definitely true. However, marine debris is very rarely such an exciting find. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Divers like you and I know that the trash from our everyday lives, like plastic bags and food wrappers, as well as larger items like car batteries and enormous fishing nets are choking the ocean and taking a devastating toll on marine life too.

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Aug. 19/14

The Scottish Government has announced that it has launched a new strategy to tackle marine litter.

The aim of the strategy, entitled 'Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland', is to develop current and future measures to ensure that the amount of litter entering the marine and coastal environment is minimised to bring ecological, economic and social benefits.

At a cost of £16.8m each year to clean up, the strategy reveals that the majority of the litter found on Scotland's beaches and in the seas around it is plastic.

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Aug. 18/14

Southern California residents lose millions of dollars each year avoiding littered, local beaches in favor of choosing cleaner beaches that are farther away and may cost more to reach, according to a new NOAA-funded Marine Debris Program economics study.

Reducing marine debris even by 25 percent at beaches in and near California's Orange County could save residents roughly $32 million during three months in the summer by not having to travel longer distances to other beaches.

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Aug. 13/14

The grassroots Ocean Action Projects funded and voted on by you, the Project AWARE supporter, have had a fantastic year so far working with local communities to help bring us one step closer to a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet. The Ocean Action Project winners have each been busy addressing the root causes of marine debris or shark and ray protection issues in their community. Here’s a little snapshot of what they’ve been up to.

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