Project AWARE: Sharks and Rays Without Borders

Project AWARE has another big opportunity to help make change for vanishing sharks and rays – one that only comes along once every three years. Every voice counts and we need yours!

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Please Take 3 Minutes of Action Today:

  • Send a Letter asking countries to work together for shark & ray protection
  • Join the Thunderclap to send a loud, unified message over social media #SharksWithoutBorders

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The Campaign: Beginning Nov 3rd, Project AWARE and partners will be in Ecuador, at the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11) representing the diver voice among representatives from 120 nations. 21 species of sharks and rays are on the agenda – including some of our favorite hammerheads, silky sharks and reef mantas.

The Issue: Varied degrees of protection exist for sharks and rays around the globe. These animals migrate – crossing many political boundaries. A hammerhead protected here, is not necessarily protected elsewhere. For these ocean travelers, international cooperation is vital.

If Successful: Our voice – the voice of the dive community – can help persuade countries to work together, implementing international agreements for their protection.

Thank you for your 3 minutes today and thank you for giving sharks and rays a voice! Be sure to find out more or make a donation to support the campaign.

Finathon: Are you Finatical about Sharks?

The clock’s ticking for vanishing shark species. If you’re FINatical about sharks, join the Finathon and fundraise for their protection. July is Official Finathon Month or you can host an event at anytime of year to suit your scuba calendar. Finathon B2B Take Action: Visit www.finathon.org to create your team or individual fundraising page. Once you’ve set up your fundraising page you can download these FINtastic resources to help organize your Finathon® Challenge. Good Luck!

Sharks International Symposium 2014

During the first week of June, Ania Budziak, Project AWARE Science and Policy Associate Director was at the International Shark Conference in Durban, South Africa where leading shark experts from around the world gathered to share current trends, identify gaps in shark and ray research and conservation, and discuss what’s in store for sharks in the future. The conference was followed by the IUCN Manta & Devil Ray Global Conservation Strategy Workshop: a review of the global conservation status of all species of manta and devil rays with the aim to develop detailed conservation actions required to conserve these species worldwide.

Sharks International, Durban South Africa

Sharks International, 2 – 6 June – Durban, South Africa with Ania Budziak, Project AWARE Associate Director Science and Policy

Sharks International was one of the many events where Project AWARE represented the voice of divers during June World Ocean Month. Now the team is looking forward to supporting you during the global Finathon campaign in July and Debris Month of Action in September!

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