Importance of Natural Resources

Project AWARE Update

We are an ocean planet –
we live on a planet that is 71% ocean. And the ocean is the perfect indicator
of the stressors that we’re seeing on our planet, and divers and ocean adventurers can really bring
to the surface what’s beneath the waves so that we can actually drive change
that makes sense and has tangible outcomes. My name is Danna Moore
and I’m the director of Project Aware. Project Aware is a global movement –
we are really where conservation meets adventure, and we represent and support
over a million ocean adventurers globally and what they do is they take action
with both fins on and fins off. We’ve been around about 27 years,
we have over 170,000 conservation actions, in over 182 countries around the globe. Our goal is a return to a clean and
healthy ocean and the way that we do that is by bringing to the surface
what’s beneath the waves. When we say to our community, “go out and do a Dive
Against Debris” we also do Dive Against Debris and we’d love to get out and just
get in the ocean and make sure that we’re really making a difference together as a team
and with you out in your communities doing the same. We’re here off Brook Street,
we’re swinging about five meters. Water temp, as far as Fahrenheit goes,
is right around 60. That’s boiling! A Dive Against Debris is a really unique
program started by Project Aware I’ve only been in the water 2 seconds
and I found a straw! There is over 54,000 participants. It’s time to Dive Against Debris. And those participants have removed over 1.3
million pieces of trash from the ocean environment. That has created the largest underwater citizen science
database for marine debris on the planet, and when you report it
that means that we can drive policy change because we’re bringing together citizen science
and policy to advance systemic change. So every year, Project Aware gets together
to set a course for what are we gonna do in 2019 and what are we
gonna do over the course of the next five years for tangible conservation outcomes at Project Aware. We always focus on the key threats to
the ocean environment so top threats, as of right now as we know, pollution –
in our marine debris dataset over 60 percent was plastic and fishing line was also a
big thing that we found, climate change, as we know, we have really massive
coral bleaching across the planet and then, of course, overfishing.
So what we work on at Project Aware is to ensure that make caps around the amount that the
fishing industry can extract from the ocean environment and we want to make sure
that we protect the vulnerable species. So climate change,
pollution, and overfishing – those are the areas that we really
want to focus as an organization. Mako sharks a great example of what happens to
shark populations when they’re not managed at all. Back in March the IUCN, which is a global
group of shark and Ray specialists, looked at all species of sharks and rays,
and makos were downgraded, they’re now classified as endangered –
so that’s long fin and short fin makos. All fish species, all sharks around the world,
supposed to be managed by members of each individual governments and constituents. So basically, you’ve got a public
resource being managed by public officials using public money to make
or not make decisions, and the #Divers4makos connects Project Aware
supporters to the decision making process. My name is Ian Campbell, I’m the associate director of policy and campaigns for Project Aware. Sharks are under a lot of pressure today,
mainly from overfishing and from habitat loss. Overfishing is driving down populations of a lot of
species of sharks and we’re working within policy frameworks to try to
address these issues. People don’t often realize that sharks are not just apex
predators, so there are over 500 species of sharks – you’ve got the great whites,
the tigers, the bull top of the food chain, but you’ve also got scavengers –
you’ve got nurse sharks, and you’ve got lemon sharks, and you’ve got tiny little sharks
that live in the deep waters. They are in every single aspect of the
marine ecosystem and the food chain. So every component of pollution, every component
of plastic pollution affects every layer of sharks from being caught up in mangroves,
which are key nursery areas, right through to filter feeders
ingesting microplastics. It affects so many sharks in so many different ways
that it’s a ubiquitous problem and really needs to be tackled
as urgently as possible. So by4ocean supporters buying the
4ocean shark bracelet, it made such a difference to our organization.
In the past year we hit 1 million pieces of trash, and then we really started to make
a concerted effort to push for our makos petition. Making sure that there
is protection in different regions of the world so that we can put a cap and
ensure that we’re holding government officials accountable because divers and
ocean adventurers want to see sharks. Sharks are an amazing species and
they’re a part of the ecosystem, they’re so integrated and necessary and
so we really appreciate everybody coming out, buying the bracelet, talking about sharks,
educating other people in your community, and then coming out and
actually working with Project Aware to ensure that we’re driving protection for,
I think, one of the most interesting and fun ocean species on the planet.

Reader Comments

  1. Project Aware does amazing things and I can’t wait to see what else they do to help our amazing animal creatures! 😍

  2. Is this a profit I believe it is but people keep trying to convince me it’s not please make a video proof of this being a profit!

  3. 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊Save the ocean 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊

  4. i have been following for a while now, and what you do is AMAZING…I live in Pensacola Florida. I have been here 50 plus years, and i see whats happening first hand to our waters. Pollution is of course a HUGE problem. But over fishing is Equally bad as far as I am concerned. One thing i have never understood about people who make a living fishing they feed, cloth, and school their families… And they, (not ALL) are always saying that fishing caps hurt their livelihood… Why don't they do something to insure their OWN business??? For instance, why don't the raise frys to return to the water to insure future catches??? There are island people who do it, with little or no real resources… they go out and get the eggs, and raise and protect them until they're old enough and return them to the wild!… Why wouldn't our advanced technologies make it where fisherman in the states could do the same? It would be to their OWN benefit. And in return would help them in their future AND give nature a bit of a break?
    People around where i live have seen a HUGE increase in sharks of several species, INCLUDING great Hammerheads coming VERY close to shore and with much more frequency than we've ever seen…I say its because they're looking for food. Plain and simple less fish = desperate fishing practices. And we have not only a yearly Black tip migration that brings through THOUSANDS of Black tips, but an EXTREMELY large Bull shark population. not to mention during that migration we actually see Great hammerhead and other hammerhead species Predations (sp?) on the Black tips while they're here. Lack of regular prey fish means they're coming to places they usually arent seen. And coming in closer to shore than they ever would! Just last week there was a 13ft. Hammerhead hunting less than 3 ft from shore! the picture was actually in our news! and i believe this completely. ..
    But i haven't heard of any plans to raise baby fish that are caught for public consumption being help to replace their numbers…And if somewhere they ARE doing it, i would love to hear about it. Of course these are all my opinions that are made due to what i have observed personally.
    I am trying to get everyone i know involved to this cause, and a Truly wish there were more people trying to help. What you are doing is Admirable and i think you are all Such incredible people, and i wish all the best!πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ¦ˆπŸ¦ˆπŸ¦ˆ

  5. I love the ocean!ymkeep on going!!!You Can Do It 4ocean.I always new to help the ocean because it is so important to the earth

  6. Donate to 4ocean to help the wildlife of the ocean and donate to WWF to help endangered species worldwide and other problems that our world is suffering by please do something before it's too late donate now

  7. I got a 4Ocean ad on this 4Ocean videoπŸ˜‚ I have the Shark Bracelet 🦈and I love it!! I’m so glad that they are doing so much to help our Oceans! 🌊

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