The New 25 Years of Partnership for Ocean Protection PADI limited edition card features the beloved Manta Ray. Close to the heart of every diver, this majestic sea creature is fast becoming one of the most vulnerable animals in our ocean.
The male Manta featured in this exclusive fundraising card is called “Yoga Blu”, first spotted in 2013 around Nusa Penida, Bali.
The Reef Manta Ray and Giant Manta Ray are at particular risk to overfishing because they are estimated to have a long gestation period and produce only a few young. Many populations have already been depleted by unregulated fishing. Recently, International trade in mantas has been regulated and they are legally protected in some nations and specific aggregation areas but implementation and enforcement are sorely lacking in most places.
FACT: Manta ray catch has nearly quadrupled in seven years according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
FACT: Your support has already helped Project AWARE and our conservation partners succeed in safeguarding the globally threatened giant manta ray and its key habitats under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).
If you take a PADI course in 2018, you can choose the PADI limited edition manta ray card and make a donation to support Project AWARE’s next wave of ocean protection. We’re committed to bring to the shark and ray policy debate the special, influential voice of our global community, including the network of PADI scuba divers for citizen action.
The Project AWARE version of your PADI certification card shows your experience as a PADI diver and your support for ocean protection. 100% of the donation supports Project AWARE’s work to protect the ocean.
Project AWARE and PADI share a rich partnership that has been critical to our historical success and organizational growth. Many times, we are confused as one in the same. This is how important our partners are to us, we are co-creators and allies in our daily work. While we are separate entities, PADI shares Project AWARE’s vision for a clean, healthy ocean. Together, we look forward to the next 25 years of ocean adventure. With your support, we’re committed to protecting the adventure.
To get the Project AWARE version of your PADI certification card contact your local dive center, resort or instructor, or visit www.padi.com for more details.
Join the adventure! Get your 25 Years of Partnership for Ocean Protection PADI limited edition card today!