Support Tina Smith – ProjectAware

I’m sure most if not all of you have heard of a tough mudder.  A grueling 5 mile hike through mud and obstacles challenging the participants every step of the way.  Project aware has teamed up with Tough Mudder to raise awareness and funds for our Oceans and Reef’s.

My wonderful wife Tina Smith is leading the charge for our local scuba shop West Shore Scuba.  Please help support her ,Project Aware, and our Reefs by pledging a donation.  You can visit her page and make a donation here.  Not only will Tina be participating in the Tough Mudder, but she will also be performing activities to help educate divers  on how to help protect our oceans.   Even if you don’t scuba dive, fish, boat, or partake in ocean related activities we urge you to donate and support protecting our Oceans for many future generations.  

A note from Tina:

Please Help Me Raise Funds For Ocean Protection
I’ve taken on a fundraising challenge to raise funds and awareness for ocean protection. Please 
donate today!​
I’ve joined Project AWARE’s International Tough Mudder Team to raise at least $750 to help 
secure a brighter future for the health of our ocean and specifically marine debris and declining 
shark and ray populations.​
Why I’m passionate about ocean protection – As a lover of the ocean I’m very aware that ocean 
protection depends on all of our actions, large and small.
Project AWARE supporters know that tackling two of the biggest threats facing our ocean – 
marine debris and over-exploitation of shark and ray species – is a real challenge, one that we 
must address together. The Project AWARE Tough Mudder team has come together to raise 
funds and awareness for the plight of our ocean and its wildlife. ​
Funds raised by the Tough Mudder team supports Project AWARE’s conservation work and fuels 
the grassroots action and policy change necessary to ensure a clean, healthy ocean planet for us 
today and for future generations.​
Supporting Project AWARE’s Team helps Project AWARE: ​
Fight to stop the Ugly Journey of our Trash 
A staggering 250 million metric tons of plastic could make its way to the ocean in the next 10 
years. Project AWARE collects marine debris data from divers through its flagship citizen science 
program, Dive Against Debris™, to help build a clearer picture of the underwater trash that 
threatens ocean life. With this knowledge, we can help inform community action, identify local 
decisions, and influence change at all levels. Project AWARE is working with dive volunteers 
year-round to remove and report trash from underwater environments and pushes for policy 
changes leading to marine debris prevention at national, regional, and international levels.​
Insist on full protections for the most vulnerable shark and ray species 
We advocate for science-based fishing limits for sharks and rays and a precautionary approach 
to be taken when species information is lacking. We fight the tough, long battles needed to 
implement protection policies for some of the world’s most threatened sharks and rays – 
including global wildlife agreements and inter-government treaties like CITES, CMS or regional 
fishery regimes. Project AWARE is creating a global movement of shark and ray advocates to 
help protect the most vulnerable shark and ray species​
Negotiate strong policies to ensure a brighter future for our ocean and its wildlife 
Together, we’re making strong arguments for change. Scuba divers and eco-tourists represent a 
powerful economic constituency and economic incentive to protect marine environments. 
Project AWARE represents your voice, the scuba diver voice, emphasizing the importance of 
keeping the ocean clean and healthy when and where the decisions are being made.​
Thank you for your generous support.

Tina Smith

10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet

Be a Buoyancy Expert
Underwater plants and animals are more fragile than they appear. The swipe of a fin, bump of your camera or even a touch can destroy decades of coral growth, damage a plant or harm an animal. Streamline your scuba and photo gear, keep your dive skills sharp, perfect your underwater photo techniques and continue your dive training to fine-tune your skills. Always be aware of your body, dive gear and photo equipment to avoid contact with the natural environment.

Be a Role Model
New scuba divers are being trained and certified every day. Regardless of your experience level, be sure to set a good example for others when interacting with the environment – while underwater and on land. Take Only Photos – Leave Only Bubbles Nearly everything natural found underwater is alive or will be used by a living creature. If you take a coral, shell or animal, you can disturb the delicate balance and add to the depletion of dive sites for future generations.

Protect Underwater Life
Choose not to touch, feed, handle, chase or ride anything underwater. Your actions may stress the animal, interrupt feeding and mating behavior or provoke aggressive behavior. Understand and respect underwater life and follow all local laws and regulations.

Become a Debris Activist
An astonishing amount of waste makes its way underwater, reaching even the most remote ocean areas. Once there, it kills wildlife, destroys habitats and threatens our health and economy. Don’t let your dives go to waste. Remove and report what doesn’t belong underwater every time you dive. Make a conscious effort to buy green, buy local and, when possible, buy less.

Make Responsible Seafood Choices
Overfishing leads to species declines while harmful fishing practices damage and pollute underwater ecosystems. You play a critical role as a consumer. If seafood is part of your meal selection, ensure you’re choosing sustainably sourced species and encourage others, including restaurants and shop owners, to do the same.

Take Action
Scuba divers are some of the strongest ocean advocates on the planet. Now, more than ever, divers like you are taking a stand. Speak out for conservation, share your underwater images, report environmental damage to authorities and campaign for change. Be an Eco-tourist Make informed decisions when choosing and visiting a destination. Choose facilities dedicated to responsible social and environmental business practices that include water conservation, energy reduction, proper waste disposal, use of mooring buoys and respect for local cultures, laws and regulations.

Shrink Your Carbon Footprint
Global warming and ocean acidification are putting your favorite animals and the whole ocean planet at risk. Do your part by understanding and reducing your carbon footprint and look for ways to offset what you can’t reduce.

Give Back
Ocean protection depends on all of our actions, large and small. Investing in the ocean protects our planet and lets the dive adventure live on. Donate or fundraise for ocean protection to fuel the grassroots action and policy change necessary to ensure a clean, healthy ocean planet.

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