We couldn’t let this opportunity go to share with you the final resoluiton from the recent CITES meeting in which the proposal to protect 8 species of sharks and rays from the devastating effects of international trade were successful. Below the press release from Project aware foundation Executive director Alex Earl, words that we share and are convinced about:
“This is an unprecedented victory for these vulnerable marine species and a testimony to the strength and power of divers’ voice. There were times when it seemed out of reach, but your commitment and dedication made this a reality. Thank you so much!
Armed with more than 135,000 petition signatures and 245,000 letters sent direct to CITES delegates, we showed governments around the world the environmental and economic power of the dive community. Your voice, the voice of divers, was heard at CITES as never before.
As we reflect on this milestone, continue to work diligently on our current campaigns and plan for the future,
You have seen the results we can generate together. Together, we can:
• Push for even more policy change to secure further protections for vulnerable shark and ray species nationally, regionally and globally
• Dive Against Debris to remove trash from the ocean floor and to collect vital data needed to help put an end to its devastating effects
• Invest locally in Ocean Action Projects around the world and so much more…
Please also join us in celebrating. Together we’ve shown that determination pays off. I’m proud to be part of the Project AWARE movement with you and here’s to future victories together!
Thank you, again, for helping us change the game for shark and ray conservation. When we work together, we’re an unstoppable force.”