All proceeds go for AWARE Shark Conservation
The Threat & Our Role
As top predators, sharks help to manage healthy ocean ecosystems, yet they remain some of the most threatened and under-protected species in our ocean with around 300 species facing an increased threat of extinction.
Shark and ray tourism is an essential component of many countries’ economies, presenting the dive community with a vital opportunity to drive and influence conservation. With the main threats coming from overfishing and habitat loss, divers can spearhead global efforts to combat shark and ray declines through citizen science and advocacy.
What Will You Learn
You will learn about sharks and sharks populations around the world, and the threat they are facing. What is being done to reverse the population decline, and what the scuba industry and you as a diver can do to improve it.
Responsible Shark Tourism
In partnership with the Manta Trust and WWF, AWARE developed the world’s first comprehensive guide on responsible shark and ray tourism practices which helps minimize impacts of tourism on shark and ray populations.
Connecting the diving community with decision-makers to advocate against overfishing is critical for healthy shark and ray populations. An active member of the Shark League Coalition, AWARE helped secure conservation commitments from 15 countries to protect species in the Mediterranean and Atlantic.
Education & Training
With an estimated 600,000 shark watchers generating $314 million annually, the AWARE Shark Conservation Course provides both divers and non-divers with information, tools, and skills to become actively engaged in conservation efforts around the world.