Overfishing. Finning. Extinction. These are words that we should never have to associate with global shark species.
“Accumulating science tells us that sharks are critical components to healthy and thriving marine ecosystems,” said Roger McManus, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Project AWARE Board Member.
“When we slaughter sharks, the ecosystems are worse off. When we stop killing them, ecosystems are better, including being more productive,” said McManus. “The good news is, we know from experience, when we do the work, the ocean and its wildlife can be restored.”
Shark advocates, AWARE divers and volunteers across the globe are willing and ready to do the work for sharks. And 2012, marks a full press for Project AWARE’s shark protection efforts worldwide.
What can you do to get involved today?
1. Find and enroll in an AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Distinctive Specialty Course and turn yourself into an advocate for shark conservation.
2. Help collect signatures to battle international governments and protect sharks across boundaries. Post the shark widget on your favorite website, network or blog.
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