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Projects Abroad Launches Global Shark Campaign

International volunteer organisation aims to raise awareness and mobilise action surrounding the conservation of sharks across the globe

FIJI – November 13, 2013 - Launched in 18 countries across four continents this month, the Projects Abroad Global Shark Campaign comprises a worldwide awareness and action movement centred on the plight of sharks.

Projects Abroad Launches Global Shark Campaign

More than 100 million sharks are killed every year by the greatest predator on Earth – man. Sharks are used for their fins, flesh, cartilage, liver oil, skin and even their jaws and teeth. The international fishing industry and negative media are driving sharks towards extinction. If sharks are to survive globally, they need all the help they can get.

The campaign aims to spread the word about the threats to and misconceptions about sharks to as many people as possible across the globe. Projects Abroad volunteers as well as any other individuals or groups who are interested are supplied with shark-related educational resources to bring the issue to the attention of everyone from members of fishing communities to school students. A petition to ban the sale of shark fins (which hopes to garner in excess of 20 000 signatures) also forms a cornerstone of the campaign.

Projects Abroad’s hands-on shark conservation project in Fiji involves dive certification, tagging of baby sharks, shark identification and shark count surveys, work on shark finning issues, marine park and shark protected zoning, local education programmes, mangrove reforestation work and a shark nursery habitat project.

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography lecturer, as a programme for students to travel and work while taking a break from full-time study. The programme started in Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programmes with projects in 28 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

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