Endangered Species Day, 17 May – Choose Sharks

Endangered Species Day, 17 May - Choose Sharks

Dear Gunnar

You helped us campaign for an amazing milestone for sharks and rays. The oceanic whitetip, porbeagle, three species of hammerheads and both manta rays – all classified as threatened on IUCN’s Red List – are now added to CITES Appendix II.

We can all be grateful for these historic and unprecedented successes, but they are victories in a larger battle and now is the time more than ever to continue positive momentum.

Driven by the power of divers like you, donations are needed today to support critical efforts for sharks including:

– Fighting to stop finning

– Insisting on full protections for critically endangered sharks

– Negotiating strong policies to ensure a brighter future for all sharks.

Overfishing, by catch and finning are driving sharks to the brink. Finning – a cruel and wasteful practice of slicing off the sharks’ fins and throwing the body overboard at sea –must end.

Scuba divers are swimming to end finning from now through to July to raise awareness. This Endangered Species Day, please join scuba divers worldwide with a donation in support of our critical efforts or by donating to support Project AWARE Finathon swimmers.

Divers like you rate shark dives as one of the most thrilling experiences. You can make a gift today to ensure sharks remain at the top of the environmental agenda.

If we do not act now the consequences will be tragic and devastating for marine ecosystems. Together, divers are a powerful force in a battle to protect critically endangered sharks worldwide.

Thank you, it’s an honour to be on watch with you to protect our ocean planet – one dive at a time.

For the Ocean,
Alex Earl Executive Director Project AWARE
Alex Earl
Executive Director, Project AWARE Foundation
PS If you’re FINatical about sharks Get Swimming to End Finning, organize a Finathon, solo swim or join an event near you to fundraise for shark protection.