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Be the Devil’s Advocate this Endangered Species Day

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Project AWARE’s countdown to the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) – to be held in South Africa from September 24th to October 5th, 2016 – begins this Endangered Species Day, May 20th.

Earlier this month, Project AWARE applauded the growing support for proposals to control trade in 13 commercially valuable shark and ray species, including the endangered giant devil ray. This Endangered Species Day is the perfect day to begin our countdown to CITES CoP17 by starting a series of CITES-related blog posts with a very special ray proposed for CITES Appendix II listing: the giant devil ray.

From now until CITES CoP17, Project AWARE will be presenting strong arguments in support of the devil rays proposal submitted by the Maldives, and supported by the European Union and 22 out of 182 CITES member countries.

Project AWARE will be mobilizing its community, collaborating with partners, and delivering strong science-based arguments to CITES Parties in support of the giant devil ray, and the other shark and ray species up for consideration, and the organisation needs your support.

Be the devils’ advocate by making a donation to fuel Project AWARE’s science-based advocacy to advance conservation of sharks and rays, including the majestic giant devil ray.

Why? The demand for gill rakers – the feathery structures these filter feeders use to strain food as they glide through the water – is on the rise, leaving conservationists concerned. Giant devil rays produce only one large offspring every two to five years, so its naturally slower reproductive system adds to the species survival struggles. When caught as bycatch the species is usually discarded, but occasionally it is landed and sold to market. Secondary threats to all the devil rays include marine debris, including entanglement and ingestion, boat strikes and oil spills.

Devil rays are the only vertebrates that have three pairs of working limbs: pectoral fins, pelvic fins, and cephalic fins. When they are not feeding, their cephalic fins are curled and point forward and down, giving the appearance of devil horns, but there is nothing devilish about the giant devil ray except that it’s in a hell of a bind as incidental catch and high mortality rates threaten its survival.

The vulnerability of devil rays requires urgent international conservation measures. CITES listing of devil rays can greatly improve the outlook for this family of devils while also helping to fulfil commitments for previously listed manta rays.

Help Project AWARE with a special donation in honor of the graceful endangered giant devil ray and look out for more CITES-related blog posts and updates.

Jeff Goodman is the Editor-at-Large for Scubaverse.com with responsibility for conservation and underwater videography. Jeff is an award-winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker who lives in Cornwall, UK. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

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WIN a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!

This torch delivers 1200 lumens of light powered by an ion rechargeable battery. There are 4 levels of brightness with burn times between 2-20 hours. Battery charge level is indicated via coloured lights around the on/off button. The beam angle is 10°. The anodised aluminium alloy housing sealed by double ‘O’ rings with a max operating depth of 100m. SRP £125.00 which includes torch, charging cradle and battery.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported via the Marine Conservation Society that the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act is the first legislation of its kind in nearly how many years?

Is it:

  • A) 60
  • B) 50
  • C) 40

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Liquid Sports Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch November 2020

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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!

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This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – www.ndiver.com – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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