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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

World Ocean Day

Today, June 8 is World Ocean Day and Project Aware is urging you to spend two minutes and join AWARE Divers worldwide demanding that sharks be given a fighting chance.

Each year, tens of millions of sharks are killed by Earth’s most dangerous predators – humans. Too many of them fall victim to the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning – the act of removing shark fins and discarding the often still alive shark overboard.

According to the PADI consevation group, Governments have ignored scientific evidence and advice in favour of short-term economic interests at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), March 2010.

They failed to give eight threatened shark species the trade protections they deserve.

Despite set-backs, thanks to advocates like you, sharks have received recent, historical national protections in Europe, Maldives and Palau. Together, we will make a difference for these critical species.

To express your outrage at the recent CITES failures, sign the petition. Your signature, together with thousands of divers and advocates worldwide, will demand government parties to CITES heed science and protect fragile ocean ecosystems.

Thanks to your support we’re giving sharks a fighting chance.

June 8 was officially recognised as World Oceans Day as a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008.

The concept for a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and it had been unofficially celebrated every year since then.

Since 2002, The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network have helped to promote and coordinate World Oceans Day events worldwide.

Designation of World Oceans Day provides an important boost to those organizations and individuals who have been deeply committed to ocean conservation. Official UN designation is another important step toward improving the health of our world's ocean.

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