Project AWARE Actions

For World Ocean Day (today, June 8th)
Join AWARE divers worldwide to Give Sharks a Fighting Chance

During the March 2010 CITES meetings, governments ignored scientific evidence and advice, favouring short-term economic interests over long-term conservation benefits. Despite set-backs for eight critical shark species, Project AWARE advocates are helping even the score for sharks in places like Palau, Maldives and Europe.

Today, World Ocean Day, do one thing to help our Ocean Planet. Please support this the international effort to help bring sharks back from the brink. Sign the online petition (it takes less than a minute):

Oil Spill in the Gulf: How You Can Get Involved
On 20 April 2010 BP’s oil drilling disaster began. Now one month later it’s become the largest environmental disaster in United States history – estimated to now be 8 times larger than the Exxon Valdez, Alaska spill. BP is just beginning to contain only 2,000 barrels of the estimated 85,000 barrels of oil spilling per day. But a much greater volume continues to spill directly into deep water habitats of the gulf.

Photo credit: © Jeffery Tilghman Williams/Marine Photobank 

What can you do?

Make the Call: 
Call 1-866-557-1401 and leave a message to report oiled wildlife. Messages will be checked hourly. To discuss spill-related damage, please call 1-800-440-0858. To report oiled shoreline or to request volunteer information, please call 1-866-448-5816.

Help is needed along the shorelines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama. Check out How You Can Volunteer to Cleanup the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill to find a listing of phone numbers and organizations currently seeking volunteers.

Stay Informed: 
For daily status updates visit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Office of Response and Restoration. To learn more, visit the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs. The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) oil spill website, hosted by the four GOM Sea Grant programs, provides visitors with access to a wealth of data concerning the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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