AWARE – Shark Conservation Diver Distinctive Specialty offers you an insight into what sharks are facing today. We are emptying the ocean of sharks and rays. Globally, nearly one-quarter of our shark and ray species are under threat with extinction. Are you willing to help give the fighting chance that sharks deserve? They may rule the ocean, but they are incredibly vulnerable species. Economies can be fuelled in many places around the globe through dive tourism. Some countries, like Palau, estimate over $18 million per annum, thanks to their living shark population. Both sharks and rays contribute to the health of our planet and the well being of mankind. Each year, at least 63 million and as many as 373 million sharks will be killed in worldwide commercial fisheries.
Who should take this course?
Scuba divers and all water sports communities should learn about the values of these apex predators and why they are crucial to our marine ecosystem. The rapid decline in the shark population, on a global scale, has become alarming and requires urgent protection. Sharks help balance the population of various ocean species they prey on, otherwise, these species would explode in numbers. The biggest problem sharks face is over-fishing, fining and a product of by-catch. With populations, down by 80%, it is very difficult for numbers to increase as they grow slowly and produce few young.
If you are not a scuba diver but wish to learn more about the AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty, you have an option to complete the knowledge only section of this course.
What will you learn?
During this course, we will discuss and teach awareness about:
Inspire you to become a shark conservation advocate to help protect these apex predators
Shark conservation in Malta, which is conducted through a non-profitable organisation, dedicated to research, education and raising greater awareness about these apex predators are doing a fantastic job. Check out SharkLab www.sharklab-malta.org/ for more information.