The Project AWARE Shark Conservation specialty is something every diver or professional should have if you ask me (Dutch instructor at Sunshine). Its a very informative, interested and amazing course. I had the honor to get taught by Marine biologist and Master Instructor Mike Richardson at BAN's Diving resort.
Why is it important to learn more about Sharks?!
Well...in short: "The future of sharks hinges on holding shark fishing and trade to sustainable levels. Sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems. They maintain a balance in populations of prey species and keep the ocean healthy by removing ill or diseased animals. The best way to ensure an end to finning is to require that sharks are landed with their fins still “naturally” attached. Fishing limits must be guided by science and reflect a precautionary approach. Investing in shark research, catch reporting and protect vital shark habitats will help. And last, but most definitely not least, you can help by thinking twice before buying shark products".
All this and more information during this specialty course will inspire you to become a shark conservation advocate, provide information on the value of sharks to the marine environment and to local economies and introduce you to management approaches that can protect sharks.
So this course is a "must do" for any scuba diver around the world!
If you want more information about this course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. It's a one day program with theory in the morning and diving in the afternoon in which we introduce you to the sharks on Koh Tao.