Over the next five days we will be featuring the five finalists from South East Asia. You can only vote once so make sure you check out all the finalists before voting! All entries: https://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/224907/voteable_entries
The second featured finalist from our region is the entry: The Semporna Shark Sanctuary, Malaysia.
Scuba Junkie, PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, Malaysia
What’s the Ocean Action about? Shark populations are decreasing worldwide due to demand for fins and other products and as bycatch to the commercial fishing trade. Sabah and Semporna are still home to many species of shark and ray from the now globally endangered scalloped hammerhead to eagle rays, devil and manta rays and whale sharks. However, with increased human populations, little protection and the rising price of their much sort after fins for the delicacy, sharks fin soup, these populations are under threat. The Semporna Shark Sanctuary (SSS) aims to protect around 8000km2 of reef, open ocean and vital mangrove areas. The project will gain community awareness and understanding from presentations and workshops. Leading up to each community workshop, school presentations will be delivered on the importance of sharks, shark conservation in Sabah and the SSS.
Over the next five days we will be featuring the five finalists from South East Asia. You can only vote once so make sure you check out all the finalists before voting; https://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/224907/voteable_entries
The first featured finalist from our region is the entry: Koh Tao Marine Debris Master Plan, Thailand.
Save Koh Tao Group
What’s the Ocean Action about? Litter and improper disposal of rubbish is a major problem throughout Asia, and one that the residents on Koh Tao have been trying to tackle over the years. The Thai community has worked hard to re-manage the way waste is dealt. But these methods only treat the symptoms; we must also attack the source of the problem.
As a way to protect the island they love, and give back to the local community, this project will kick-start a series of collection programs to attack the marine debris issue from all sides. The Koh Tao Debris Master Plan will focus on four areas: (1) Beach and Road Bin Installation (2) Daily/weekly island clean-up crew (3) Anti-plastic and foam box Campaign (4) Signage on beaches and roads. The results will see a reduction in litter and debris on the reefs and beaches plus empower the community and local businesses to be part of the solution.
Brace for impact! Our eco partner Project AWARE Foundation is powering ocean heroes into action. But you hold the power to put their project in motion. Does their Ocean Action Project stand up to the competition? You be the judge. Cast your vote by 1st September 2012. http://bit.ly/OOtm1f
This is a great opportunity for PADI professionals to get involved and ensure projects in your region are well supported.
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