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Big Blue Conservation - Swim for Sharks Koh Tao 2010!

Divers from all over Koh Tao ditched their scuba gear yesterday in favour of the more traditional sport of swimming. Sounds like we were having a day off? My aching muscles will tell you definately not! In order to raise awareness and support against shark finning, we swam the whole 3km around Koh Nang Yuan! The day helped raise over 300 signatures for Projects AWARE's Help Give Sharks a Fighting Chance campaign, as well as over 17,000 baht to support the work of Shark Alliance and Project AWARE. It was an amazing day - there's alot that we can give for conservation, including our muscles! Well done guys!!
Divers around the world are outraged at the latest Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) which rejected proposals for the protection of 8 species of sharks which the IUCN deemed worthy of protection, including Hammerheads, Spiny Dogfish, Porbeagle and Oceanic Whitetip sharks. Currently there are three species of sharks listed as protected from International Trade - the Whale, Great White and Basking sharks. However this year in March, the 8 species failed to recieve the required two-thirds vote majority by just one vote, representing victory for narrow, short-term economic interests over science and the myriad long term benefits of conservation.
To fight this appauling outcome, divers around the world are joining together by signing a petition. Project AWARE will deliver our signatures to CITES Party representatives at the end of this month, so that when the party next meets, that two-thrids majority will be a sure thing.
Declare your concern too, by signing the petition here. In signing the petition you will join divers and activists worldwide calling on parties for the next CItes Conference to:
- Heed all available Scientific advice for limiting shark catches;
- Fully protect shark species listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered by the IUCN;
- Set precautionary shark fishing limits (where no advice exists);
- Ensure all shakrs are landed with their fins naturally attached;
- Work with other countries to prepare and promote shark listing proposals for the next CITES Conference and;
- Improve shark trade data collection by taking national action to list all species proposed at CITES 2010 on Appedix III befroe the next CITES meeting in 2013.
We call on governments around the world to heed scientific advice to provide better protection for all sharks and their ocean ecosystem.