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August 16, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
OMSAC is FINatical about sharks and we’ll join thousands of scuba divers around the world swimming to end finning.
Our challenge is to complete as many laps of a 500m ocean course as possible to raise much needed funds for Shark Spotters and Project Aware. We’re calling on divers, instructors, swimmers, paddlers, families, guests and schools to join our Finathon and be champions for sharks. It’s a fun, healthy way to raise awareness for this important cause.
Project AWARE relies on support from divers to fund critical conservation, all funds raised will help:
Fight to stop finning
Insist on full protections for Critically Endangered sharks
Negotiate stronger policies to ensure a brighter future for all sharks
Shark fishing is largely unregulated around the world. Overfishing, bycatch and finning – the slicing of sharks fining and throwing away the body at sea – kills thousands of sharks every day.
“Project AWARE has recently helped close loopholes in the EU finning ban and secure international trade protections for 8 of the world’s most vulnerable sharks and rays. But, to ensure the survival of sharks, stricter, enforceable controls are needed for more species at national, regional and global levels,” said Ania Budziak, Project AWARE’s Associate Director of Science and Policy.
“It’s the healthy shark and ray populations that support tourism, which in some coastal communities, territories and states around the world, underpins entire economies. Action is key, not only to keeping shark populations healthy, but also to long-term economic benefits that are not yet fully realized,” added Ania.
Together divers have a powerful, collective voice to secure protection for endangered shark species worldwide. So if you’re FINatical about sharks you can join the race to protect them. With the clock ticking for vanishing shark species the time to act is now. Let the global race begin!
Our local Finathon™ is on Saturday, 16 August 2014 with registration starting at 8am and entering water at 9.30am with SCUBA divers, swimmers and paddlers all joining the festivities. Visit www.omsac.co.za or contact Rochelle on 082 560 1842 for further details.
OMSAC, proudly supporting ocean protection.
Download the Finathon Sponsorship Form to help collect donations for your efforts.
Entry is R120 per entrant and this includes food and drink voucher for after the Finathon.