Saturday, 02 November 2013
Contents: - New Internship - Shark fin demand down - DEMA
Hello fellow ocean lovers!
As we prepare to shift our clocks back throughout most of the United States to observe the end of what we call Daylight Saving Time (DST), we ask you to consider a new concept - Ocean Saving Time (OST), which is *always* in effect. Unfortunately, the OST clock seems to have a great deal of momentum forward only. Let us do our best to observe OST now - and always.
COARE and The Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS) have been aligned for many years now, and as we announced at the annual Rolex Scholarship Awards Ceremony back in April, we formalized that partnership with the formation of a new Ocean Conservation Internship.
The OWUSS/COARE Ocean Conservation Internship is designed to provide a wide range of practical, programmatic, and administrative experience relating to environmental and conservation issues of local, regional, national, and global significance.
The inaugural internship will begin next summer, and applications are now being accepted:http://www.owuscholarship.org/internships
Shark fin demand down
Since its inception, COARE has been working diligently to raise awareness of the plight of sharks and the deleterious effects of shark fin soup.
In addition to the policy work we've been doing, clearly, some of our educational efforts and the messaging that we and our colleagues have been sharing has had a positive effect.
As we reported last month, similar to the government of mainland China, Hong Kong government officials now eschew shark fin soup at official events, and now, we're hearing reports that demand for shark fin soup in China has declined an estimated 50-70% over the last two years.
COARE participates at DEMA show
The dive industry's largest annual convention, the Dive Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) Show, will begin next week. This is COARE's sixth year participating at the show, and the fifth with our own booth. We see this as a terrific opportunity to get the word out about the wonderful things we have in the works at COARE, and to garner support from the expected 10,000 attendees at this year's show.
We will be at the show (which runs from November 6th to November 9th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando) to share information about our successes, and to provide information about the exciting things we are doing now and what's in store for the future. Come visit us at booth #1723!
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Wishing you healthy oceans, Your friends at COARE
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