Regardless of all of the upheaval and uncertainty we’ve turn into accustomed to in 2020, there’s one factor we will all depend on to stay constant: Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.
However as August’s on-screen sharkapalooza (a.okay.a Shark Week) begins to fade, at PADI and Venture AWARE we’re simply as targeted as all the time on understanding and defending these majestic creatures. Maintain studying for eight informative, therapeutic and finally enjoyable methods to interact with sharks this yr and past…
1. Analysis Sharks & Clear The Ocean (on the similar time!)
As divers, we’re all acquainted with the hammerhead, black or white tip reef shark, whale shark, tiger shark, bull shark and mighty nice white shark. I wish to think about these species because the “fashionable” shark crew; recognized by all, typically photographed and the topic of quite a few movies, TV exhibits and documentaries over the previous 5+ many years.
However what concerning the different tons of of shark species in our oceans? There are over 500 recognized shark species on our planet, lots of them endangered and in want of our help.
Step one to offering help? Getting educated. Kick off your quirky shark journey by visiting your favorite search engine (I recommend this one that collects ocean plastic). Uncover a world of bizarre shark species as you digitally take away plastic from the ocean, then inform your mates about it, to allow them to take part too. Right here’s a couple of of my favourites to get you began…
2. Browse the PADI Journey Shark Assortment
So now you already know your sharks, the subsequent step is to satisfy them – nose to nose!
Sure, I do know, the covid pandemic is making that just a little troublesome proper now. However that doesn’t imply you possibly can’t get one thing booked up for 2021! You’ll have one thing to sit up for, and the dive middle and resort operators shall be glad to have your help on this troublesome time. Whether or not you’re coming face to face with hammerheads in Bahamian shallows, cage diving off the west coast of Mexico or immersing your self in Fijian shark-mania, there’s an encounter good for you.
You requested for it, so we delivered: head to the PADI Travel Shark Diving Collection.
For a bit teaser, take a look at this Beqa Lagoon Shark Diving Clip, courtesy of Carly Edwards…
three. Buy Gear That Saves Sharks
Head to our Shark Collection, and deal with your self to one thing sensational. Impressed by Shark Week, we’re giving 15% of the proceeds to Venture AWARE, to allow them to proceed thier very important work to guard shark populations and maintain our oceans wholesome. Meaning each buy you make protects sharks.
However hurry, this charity promotion will solely run till the top of August! Go on, you know you want to!
four. Signal Up For The AWARE Shark Conservation Speciality
For greater than 20 years, Project AWARE has been dedicated to the safety of sharks and the oceans they – and we – depend upon. By main the best way in accountable shark and ray tourism, educating divers, spearheading international efforts to wash up shark habitats with Dive Towards Particles and advocating for his or her safety by means of laws, Challenge AWARE are a worldwide authority on shark advocacy.
Help their continued efforts and rise up to hurry your self, by signing up for the AWARE Shark Conservation Speciality. It’s “fins-off”, which means it’s good for these looking for a deep dive into shark conservation whereas caught at residence.
Plus, annually we associate with Challenge AWARE to supply a particular restricted version SCUBA certification card to all scholar divers who full a PADI course. With a small donation, you possibly can choose the particular Venture AWARE model of the PADI certification and know your selection helps ocean safety.
Already licensed however need the particular Venture AWARE restricted version PADI card? You don’t have to attend till your subsequent certification to point out your help. You'll be able to replace your PADI Card anytime.
As a 501c3 charity, your donations gasoline crucial work to guard sharks in addition to the world’s largest, and most crucial, ecosystem.
5. Inform Venture AWARE’s 2021 Shark & Ray Conservation Technique
The issue with being a shark conservation skilled (like the blokes at Venture AWARE are), is that you simply already know every little thing about sharks! Whereas that doesn’t sound initially problematic, it could possibly trigger some confusion relating to designing consciousness campaigns for the general public. How do we all know what to give attention to, if we don’t grasp the true extent of public understanding round shark conservation?
That’s the place you are available. Whether or not you’re new to diving or a grasp scuba diver coach and shark fanatic with over 1000 dives, we'd like your assist.
Full this brief AWARE Shark Quiz by clicking here.
Your solutions – and the solutions of others such as you – will assist inform our shark and ray conservation technique in 2021 and past. Go forward, it’ll take you 10 minutes, it’ll make a distinction and also you’ll in all probability study one thing new. I did at the least!
6. Perceive The Actual Threats & Take Motion
You’d be forgiven for believing that the best menace confronted by sharks in 2020 is shark finning, to provide a requirement for shark fin soup. In actuality, whereas this merciless and wasteful apply stays, it’s now largely unlawful and on no account the best menace confronted by the world’s sharks.
The best menace? Overfishing, pushed by nations quite a bit nearer to residence than you may assume; The USA, EU and Curacao.
Does that shock you? It definitely stunned me. However the excellent news is, in case you are from the USA, EU or Curacao (as a British citizen that features me), then you'll be able to truly do one thing about it. Take a look at Ian Campbell’s article on the difficulty, then interact with the shortfin mako shark marketing campaign by talking up for the ocean and writing to your consultant.
Additional studying: Sharks Underneath Menace… And This Time It’s Not Thanks To Shark Fin Soup.
7. Watch A Shark Coverage Professional Q&A With Ian Campbell
If that article peaks your curiosity (otherwise you’re merely interested by studying extra concerning the intersection between fisheries coverage and shark conservation), then don’t miss the current Q&A with Challenge AWARE’s very personal Affiliate Director Coverage and Campaigns and shark fanatic Ian Campbell.
Ian attracts from 20 years’ expertise in marine conservation, working within the public, personal and NGO sectors. His in depth worldwide work expertise and background as marine surveyor, business diver, fisheries officer, writer and marketing consultant on coverage issues together with the European Union’s Widespread Fisheries Coverage, have led Ian to focus, all through his skilled profession, on decreasing impacts of economic fisheries, habitat safety and sustainable shark and ray tourism.
However wait! There’s a catch. This skilled Q&A (and lots of extra to comply with) are reserved solely for the Torchbearer group, airing on the PADI Torchbearer Fb Group Hub. In the event you don’t need to miss out, ensure you’ve signed as much as be a PADI Torchbearer to discover and shield our ocean.
As soon as registered, you’ll obtain an invitation to the fb hub and voila! You’re in! All that’ll be left to do is seize the popcorn and luxuriate in :)
eight. Be a PADI Torchbearer for Sharks & the Oceans
PADI’s mission is to create the world’s largest group of ocean advocates, or Torchbearers, that result in significant change by turning ardour into objective for the ocean – which sharks maintain wholesome. Spark change for sharks – and their house – by becoming a member of the worldwide group of explorers dedicated to the safety of the underwater world.
Head to padi.com/onebillion to hitch the motion.
And eventually… in case you missed it, the President and CEO of PADI, Drew Richardson, shared a few of this ideas on how we should always speak about sharks prematurely of Shark Week 2020 – read it here!