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Our Blue World - August 2008
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Dear Project AWARE Supporter,

Welcome to the August edition of Our Blue World – the latest in conservation news, action alerts and environmental activities for Project AWARE Patrons and AWARE divers.

Check Out the Updated Project AWARE Website
Project AWARE’s website – www.projectaware.org - has a sleek new look and has been updated to keep you current with the latest Project AWARE activities, educational materials and advocacy to keep you coming back for more. Check it out today.

Get the Feel Good Factor on International Cleanup Day 20 September 2008
International Cleanup DayBecause it's one of the easiest and most fun ways to get involved, International Cleanup Day’s feel good factor can’t be matched. Project AWARE is calling on divers, snorkelers and water enthusiasts to join this year’s cleanup. Just search the online list of coordinators to find an event near you and jump in.

One-Third Reef Building Corals Worldwide Face Extinction
Coral ThreatProject AWARE Foundation joined more than 3000 leading coral experts and partners at the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) this July. A study on the current global status of coral reefs stated that if rising sea temperatures continue to cause coral bleaching and disease, many reefs may be headed for extinction. Together with Australia’s University of Queensland, Project AWARE presented global opportunities for individuals to become involved in coral monitoring through the CoralWatch program.

Shark Conservation Act of 2008
Shark ConservationIn July the United States House of Representatives passed the Shark Conservation Act of 2008 – a bill aimed at combating shark finning – or the practice of removing shark fins and discarding the body at sea. If the bill is signed into law it would prohibit the removal of shark fins at sea, closing enforcement loopholes and encouraging the adoption of other international conservation programs.

Limited Edition Certification Card for 2009

AWARE Certification CardThanks to nearly 3000 divers worldwide who cast their vote – Project AWARE listened! The Project AWARE version of the PADI certification card for 2009 is now revealed. Look for future announcements for when this card is to be available. One hundred percent of certification card donations to Project AWARE Foundation support conservation of the underwater environments you love most.

Photo Contest: Your Eco Images Could Win Big
Photographers with an environmental eye are competing for prize packages worth more than $2000 US in the Ocean in Focus Conservation Photography Contest. For more information on contest categories and how to enter before 30 September, visit www.marinephotobank.org.

AWARE Diver Tip of the Month - Easy Does It
While diving, move slowly and deliberately through the water. Be patient and still while photographing – allow organisms to show their natural behavior for a more significant and meaningful shot.


Divers Conserving Underwater Environments

Project AWARE Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving underwater environments through education, advocacy and action. Project AWARE offices located in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Japan combine efforts to protect aquatic resources worldwide.


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