Let's make 2011 the Year of Sharks
BIG SHARK SHOUT OUT
“Project AWARE recognizes that divers are amongst sharks’ closest friends and allies. Divers have a unique passion and respect for sharks and they value their critical role in maintaining healthy underwater ecosystems,” says Suzanne Pleydell, Project AWARE Foundation Director.
Many conservationists applaud the surge in shark protection in 2011. The giant media spotlight on shark protection issues in general this year is a great thing. Still some shark experts and researchers warn that the answers to protecting them aren’t so simple. Some of these protection measures will not achieve their aims unless adequate enforcement and community outreach are in place.
There is still a lot of unfinished business to ensure the most vulnerable shark species get the protection they desperately need before it is too late and we are running out of time! Some species are getting closer and closer to becoming extinct.
Looking forward to the rest of the year, what can we accomplish in the next 3 months?
“AWARE divers worldwide are anxious to support shark protection,” says Suzanne Pleydell. “And it’s essential that we continue focusing our support on measures that have teeth and result in measurable change.”
After the resounding success of last year’s European Shark Week, Project AWARE is standing together with Shark Alliance member groups to urge European decision makers to "make the push" needed to protect sharks and complete unfinished business.
We are calling on ministers to fulfill the commitments of the European Shark Plan of Action adopted in 2009 and close the loopholes in the EU finning regulation. Considering the role of the EU globally, this is of critical importance.
We are just a push away to making shark protection in Europe a reality: help us close loopholes in the current EU Finning Ban.
Shark Conservation Wins in 2011
• ICCAT Protections
• Shark fin bans
• National Shark Sanctuaries
• IATTC Protections
• US fins naturally attached policy
Big Shark Shout Out
People have driven nearly 1 in 5 shark species to the brink of extinction. Without sharks, healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems that divers care so deeply about are at risk.
Get connected for shark protection during Big Shark Shout Out Week! Visit http://www.projectaware.org to:
1. Sign the petitions to protect sharks and close loopholes in the EU shark finning ban.
2. Spread the word! Use the latest in petition widgets to collect signatures through your online networks.
3. Check out our Action Zone Map to join in a shark specialty dive or underwater event
4. TEXT FINS11 £2 / £5 / £10 to 70070 to donate NOW or donate online at http://www.projectaware.org