Swim against finning

2015-07-14 06:00

Local divers are donating their time on Mandela Day to create awareness against shark finning.

Shark fishing is largely unregulated around the world. Overfishing, bycatches and finning – the slicing of sharks’ fins and throwing away the rest of the body at sea – kills thousands of sharks.

This year a “finathon” will be held on Saturday in the hope that Mandela Day will encourage participation.

The challenge is to swim or scuba to raise much-needed funds for Project Aware internationally and Shark Spotters locally. All divers, instructors, families and schools are called to join the “finathon”. It’s a fun, healthy way to raise awareness.

“Project Aware has recently helped close loopholes in the EU finning ban and secure international trade protections for eight of the world’s most vulnerable sharks and rays,” says Ania Budziak from Project Aware.

“It’s the healthy shark and ray populations that support tourism. Action is key.”

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Visit the Finathon Cape Town page on Facebook or contact Rochelle on 082 560 1842 or rochelle@oceanscape.­co.za

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