As we approach the end of 2014, it’s a special time for many people across the globe to celebrate. And Project AWARE are celebrating YOU!

Every day they receive messages, emails and images of the actions you’re taking to lead the fight for ocean protection in your local community. Whether you’re involved in Dive Against Debris, teaching the AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty or urging increased protection for sharks and rays, your actions and passion inspire all of the PADI and Project AWARE staff, each and every day. Thank you.

Together with your help, Project AWARE has accomplished some amazing things in 2014:

•    Mobilized 5,804 ocean advocates to send 28,804 letters urging support for sharks and rays.
•    Removed and reported 87,668 items from 58 countries.
•    Influenced listing of 21 sharks and rays at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species #CMSCoP11.
•    Encouraged CMS Member Nations to make a commitment and advance international cooperation to tackle the marine debris crisis.
•    Inspired 25 teams of swimmers to raise $52,495 and help fight, insist and negotiate for threatened sharks and rays.

Check out Project AWARE’s New infographic and the video below to see what your support has made possible in 2014. We can’t wait for our successes in 2015 – Thank you for all you do to protect the ocean.

Help Project AWARE hit the ground running for 2015 by making a donation before 31st Dec.  Your donation will be matched – dollar for dollar up to total $25k – by PADI, plus donations over $150 will receive a Fourth Element t-shirt as a token of our thanks.

From all of us at PADI and Project AWARE, Happy Holidays and Best Fishes for the New Year!

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