Your voice mattered again this week. On June 11th, 2012 Project AWARE Foundation together with Shark Advocates International, Humane Society International, and WildAid sent a letter to the United States Fish And Wildlife Service as part of a public comment process on potential U.S. proposals for listing sharks and other species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
World leaders have made pitiful progress on their guarantee to protect global oceans from overfishing and other threats.
In a paper published today (Friday 15th June) in Science, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and world renowned researchers have reviewed commitments made by governments to protect the world's oceans and shown that there has been little success over the past 20 years.
We did it! You helped us make history. Project AWARE and our partners in the Protect Our Coral Sea campaign are celebrating the Coral Sea becoming the largest marine reserve and the second largest marine national park in the world.
The Australian Government has announced a nationwide network of new marine reserves in a move that recognises there are limits to how much we can take from the ocean.
Indonesia's newest jail helped raise over $10,000 this World Ocean Day. In a bid to bail our ocean out of trouble two Bali dive centers got super creative. They built a bamboo jail to raise much needed funds for our ocean.
A major milestone was reached today in the effort to establish Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along California's coast. In a 3-0 vote, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) today approved and adopted regulations for the north coast MPAs, completing the network of MPAs in California's open coastal waters, from Mexico to the Oregon state line. The network of MPAs is the first in the United States to be designed from the ground up as a science-based network, rather than a patchwork of independent protected areas without specific goals and objectives.
You could say we’re one year old today (even though technically, we’re nearing 20 as a registered nonprofit). But one year ago, on 8 June 2011, Project AWARE Foundation refocused and relaunched our commitment to ocean protection. 8 June is also World Ocean Day - a time when AWARE divers around the world take action and celebrate the ocean. A perfect day for an anniversary, wouldn’t you say?
Project AWARE Foundation staff are deeply saddened about the passing of a long-time colleague, mentor and friend Seba Sheavly. A leader in the marine debris field for two decades, Seba was a keystone figure in the conservation community and a tireless advocate for the ocean.
To celebrate World Oceans Day: Youth the Next Wave for Change, we shine the light on Concordia International School, Shanghai. In 2007 PADI Members Joel Klammer and Paul Adams made a big commitment to Racha Yai reef, Thailand. Over the next five years their students witnessed firsthand coral bleaching; collected important data for conservation; discovered bananas and seawater never mix well and the joy of a 30 second shower!
New South Wales Australia is heading an effort to save two species of hammerhead shark from extinction.
The NSW government has passed legislation to protect the great and scalloped hammerhead sharks in NSW waters, two species whose numbers are being endangered by local fishing and an appetite for shark fin soup.
An ammendment to the Fisheries Management Act 1994 lists the great hammerhead shark as vulnerable and the scalloped hammerhead shark as endangered under the act.
“The listing of these two species is a big leap forward in the conservation of these sharks in NS MORE
The disturbing discovery by a Phuket News reader of the selling of endangered hammerhead sharks in Kata market has been exasperated by the shocking realisation that the practice is not ‘technically’ illegal.
Gwyn Mills, CEO of Pattaya-based environmental organisation Dive Tribe, explained that the laws in Thailand regarding fishing practices are murky at best.
“It largely depends on where they’ve been caught... There are harsher penalties if they’ve been caught in a National Park as opposed to open waters for example.”
Wavecrest Scuba, Newquay in the UK are fantastic supporters of Project AWARE. I catch up with IDC Staff Instructor and owner Mark Rayner to find out more.
Mark, out of the blue Project AWARE received an amazing £700 donation to support ocean protection. This is a great boost to our fundraising, thank you so much. Can you tell us a little more, how did this donation come about?