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

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Jan. 09/14

Conservation groups have welcomed the Government's announcement to speed up the banning of shark finning in New Zealand waters, but say the devil could be in the details.

The Government has decided to speed up the process in the face of overwhelming public concern.

Around 45,300 submissions were made about the draft National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks, which proposed an end to shark finning by October 2016.

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Jan. 02/14

Thousands of pieces of plastic have been discovered, submerged along the river bed of the upper Thames Estuary by scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Natural History Museum.

The sheer amount of plastic recovered shows there is an unseen stream of rubbish flowing through London which could be a serious threat to aquatic wildlife. The findings, published online in Marine Pollution Bulletin, highlight the cause for concern, not only for ecosystems around the river but for the North Sea, in to which the Thames flows.

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Dec. 02/13

Utila Dive Centre is more than a premier PADI Career Development Centre in Central America and the Caribbean, they pride themselves on their marine ecology training and activities to protect the ocean.

“We aim to provide our divers and students with more than just diver education and that is what makes our team so successful. We’re on the cutting edge of training and conservation, setting a standard for many dive operations and professionals in the region,” said Andy Phillips, Director of Professional Training at Utila Dive Centre proudly declares.

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Dec. 20/13

This year marked many major milestones for which we thank you – the AWARE supporter, ocean advocate and volunteer. MORE

Dec. 19/13

On 13th December 2013, the Australian Government took a major step backwards for marine conservation, suspending the implementation of management plans for the 33 new marine parks, including parks in the Coral Sea, the Kimberley and the Great Australian Bight. These management plans outline the levels of protection the parks provide to fragile ocean habitat and the marine species within them.

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Dec. 12/13

How do you support ocean conservation where you live and teach scuba diving miles away from the sea? Robert Soncini, PADI Pro and safety diver at the prestigious Cirque du Soleil show “O” in Las Vegas USA, answered this question by joining the 100% AWARE program and the growing number of partners who are putting ocean protection at the heart of their dive business.

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Dec. 09/13

The Conference of Parties of the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean on 6th of December adopted a regional plan to manage marine litter.

Following the adoption, EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said: "I am very pleased to see the Mediterranean convention taking the problem of marine litter so seriously. This is an important step towards achieving the significant reductions in marine debris by 2025 that World Leaders promised at the Rio+20 summit last year. I hope that the other regional sea conventions will now take similar steps."

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Dec. 09/13

84 applicants worldwide, 10 finalists and six winners. A new wave of Ocean Action is about to begin thanks to your vote.

Nearly 3,000 of you voted in the 2013 Ocean Action Project helping to deliver much needed support to six new conservation projects strongly focused on manta ray and shark protection as well as educational projects targeting marine debris. 

The 2013 winning Ocean Action Projects are:

Ecotourism and Awareness for Manta Ray Conservation, Planeta Oceano, Peru

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Dec. 03/13

Environmental groups, including Project AWARE, have released a report, highlighting the unique marine life in NSW, Australia which is currently at risk should the State Government decide to wind back marine protection. In a joint effort to call on the State Government to review this decision, the report was recently presented to Members of Parliament.

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Dec. 03/13

Western Australian researchers are conducting a global initiative to evaluate the importance of sharks for conservation and economic development, in a bid to slow global declines in shark numbers.

Researchers at the University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute are collecting data for a valuation of shark populations in Australia, following the success of similar studies in Fiji, Borneo and Palau.

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Nov. 22/13

Sometimes finding the perfect gift can be a daunting task. This is especially true during the holiday season.  Why not treat your loved ones with a gift that keeps on giving and contributes to protecting what divers love the most: the ocean?

From AWARE clothing to AWARE courses for divers and non-divers alike, there are a full range of gifts you can make to spread the ocean love and make this year’s holiday season a special occasion to share your passion for ocean conservation with friends and family.

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Nov. 28/13

Each square kilometre of ocean around Australia is polluted with thousands of 'invisible' fragments of plastic, a new study has found, posing a potential health hazard for humans and marine life alike.

Julia Reisser, a PhD student from the University of Western Australia's Ocean Institute, and colleagues, report their findings today in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Nov. 25/13

ICCAT leaves high seas mako fishing unregulated, porbeagles unprotected, and finning ban weak.

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Nov. 26/13

Brace for impact. Project AWARE is powering ocean heroes into action and you hold the power to turn a conservation dream into reality.

Over 80 applicants sent in their Ocean Action Project in this year's round of grassroots ocean protection support making the judging for who would become a finalist extremely tough.

Now we're handing over the power to you - the Project AWARE supporter. Your support helps fuel our conservation actions and results.

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The CITES Secretariat launched today a Web section on sharks and manta rays to assist the 179 Parties to the Convention in putting in place effective measures to control international trade in the newly listed species.

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