Shark Awareness – Ocean Conservation Seminars

Did you know that…

Sharks are commonly known as “garbage disposals” because they are mainly fed with garbage & sick or weak fish, making them the official “cleaners” of the marine environment?

100 million sharks are being killed every year? 

… They are vulnerable to overfishing, they are slow-growing and slow to reproduce. That’s why this wonderful species is endangered.

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species of sharks exist worldwide

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species of sharks live in Greece

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Do you want to know why All For Blue is interested in sharks?

Simple: Sharks are j-awesome!
Sharks are the most misunderstood creatures in the animal kingdom. Mass culture with movies like Jaws destroyed their reputation and they themselves don’t have very good public relations. We want to change the opinion of people on sharks and restore the truth as soon as possible.
All For Blue seminars aim to raise shark conservation awareness for new generations, changing the wrong impression of this wonderful species.

Did you, for instance, know that:

  • There are 506 species of sharks? And that the smallest of them fits in your palm, while the largest one is the whale shark and can reach up to 20m?
  • There are 47 species of sharks in the Mediterranean Sea, of which 37 live in Greece? Including tope/ school shark  (Galeorhinus galeus)
  • Sharks play a critical role in keeping our seas and oceans healthy and in balance. Since they are known as “garbage disposals” which means that they are mainly fed with garbage and sick or weak fish, making them the official “cleaners” of the marine environment.
  • In the last decades some species populations (hammerheads) have decreased up to 90 percent, and some others, up to 70 percent due to anthropogenic causes that kill them directly and indirectly. Disinformation and slow reproduction do not help them to improve the recovery rate of these animals.
  • Today, sharks face an uncertain future full of risks in a world troubled by environmental problems. If the rate of extinctions increases considerably, in a few years, the seas may be without sharks bringing an enormous amount of environmental consequences with this.

Action needs to be taken, there is still time!

Shark Awareness – Ocean Conservation Seminars

“Katerina, what’s the deal with these seminars?”

The seminars, organized in cooperation with municipalities, schools, organizations, private institutions and companies, aim to:

– Teach children the importance of protecting our seas and oceans through fun activities.

– Show what is the human impact to the ocean, ways to prevent plastic pollution, introducing reusable products.

– Tell the truth about misunderstood sharks and offer them new knowledge about the magical underwater world.

– Inspire them to take action.

“OK, but usually environmental awareness events include watching disturbing videos of cruelty to animals. I don’t want my children to have this kind of experience.”

All photos and videos are from our own archive (meaning they’re not indifferent or impersonal) and they’re definitely kid-friendly!

“Phew! Are you the seminar instructor?”

Yes but not the only one. I’m a freediving and scuba diving instructor, shark conservationist and since 2016, when I got my diploma  from Cristina Zenato i became a Shark Awareness Instructor recognized by the American organization Project Aware, and every year i participate in worldwide shark research programs.

All For Blue team collaborates with various specialised scientists (marine biologists, oceanologists, environmentalists etc) for the seminars.

 

“That’s really cool. What happens after the seminar?”

At the end of the seminar, which can be followed by a beach and underwater cleanup, each participant receives an international certificate of participation from Project AWARE and All For Blue.

“This actually sounds as a great element to boost my kid’s college application in a few years.”

Exactly, as well the “volunteer diploma” given right after the cleanup.

“One last thing: What’s the length of the seminar?”

It lasts 90min in total.

“OK, we’re in. Where can we apply?”

Right bellow you can find the application form.

If we want to continue to enjoy the big blue, it is really urgent to take action; we are the last generation that can make a difference.

At All For Blue, we love the underwater world. We know that the greatest gift we can give them is conservation. Are you with us?