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Are you FINatical about Sharks?


Join the Race & Get Swimming to End Finning


The clock’s ticking for vanishing shark species. You can join the race to protect them. If you’re FINatical about sharks, fundraise today.

What is the Finathon?
Like a swimathon, fun run, cycle race or marathon – the Finathon is a great way to bring the community together, raise awareness and funds to support this unique cause.

You can help Project AWARE:
- Fight to stop shark finning
- Insist on full protections for critically endangered sharks
- Negotiate stronger policies to ensure a brighter future for all sharks

Recent Updates

Blue Season Bali's Best Dive Job in the World - Thanks to All the Finalists

Eight finalists will soon be selected from the final 16 candidates to win a 6 week GoPRO internship at Blue Season Bali.
Project AWARE is amazed at the awesome way the finalists have leapt into their final challenge. As part of the Project AWARE Finathon they’ve been busy raising funds and taking dares to reach the top spot on the Finathon leaderboard. The team have raised over $5,000 in two...

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Success 21 Sharks and Rays Listed

Did you see the news about our historical win at the #CMSCoP11? All 21 shark and ray proposals have been adopted at the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS CoP 11). Thanks for everything you do to make our work possible and help us achieve these significant wins for our ocean. You can read more at: http://bit.ly/CMSCoP11Success



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Good Luck to All the Finalists

Blue Season Bali's Best Dive Job in the World


Eight finalists will be selected from the final 16 candidates to win a 6 weeks GoPRO internship at Blue Season Bali.


The 16 semi finalists latest challenge is to raise much needed funds for ocean protection before November 15th 2014. Participants can be as creative as they like to raise funds online. At the top of leaderboard is Alysia Lynn who...



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Sharks and Rays Without Borders

Although several countries have protections for sharks and rays in place, many species travel great distances, often crossing national boundaries. Their migratory routes are determined by nature, not by the borders we’ve drawn. International cooperation is vital to ensuring the survival of these exceptionally vulnerable migratory species. The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) – a...

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Collaborating for Conservation - the Bali Funathon

Crystal Divers, Joe’s Gone Diving and Blue Season Bali joined forces over several months with the united goal of raising funds and awareness for shark conservation. Giving Project AWARE’s Finathon® concept a unique twist the trio of dive centres hosted the Funathon and truly put a lot of fun into fundraising!

Events included water volleyball tournament spanning two months, a FINtastic...

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Finathon First - Swimming to End Finning on Marine Corp Base

Project AWARE is incredibly appreciative to The Scuba Center as a 100% AWARE partner and a Finathon Champion!

Project AWARE’s Executive Director, Alex Earl, joined Miranda Johnson, Ray Simon, Cecily Kelly and Emily Emmy DeLattre to form The Scuba Center Team. Together they covered 5 miles at the Camp Pendleton swimming pool in California on 13 September 2014, making Finathon history with the...



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Mataking Island Finathon was a success!

More than 70 staff, guests, and army personnel took part in Mataking Reef Resort FINathon to raise awareness and money to help save the sharks and stop shark finning. Starting the swim in style everyone jumped off the jetty to begin the swim from the Mataking Main Jetty to the end of Mataking Kecil. Congratulations to all and thank you for donating - You can still donate by clicking the...



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Shark Week: Snow Falls in New Zealand for Coldest Finathon on Record!
The start of Shark Week saw snow fall in Dunedin, New Zealand and divers brave seven degree water. A little snow didn’t stop people heading to the Dive Otago pool for this years’ Finathon! They hit the warmer water indoors to fight against shark finning for the second year.
“It was a fierce challenge between Team Dive Otago and my Team Tomahawk. Our team wanted raise awareness against...

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What? Taking the ferry when we could just swim instead?

…and that’s exactly what a pair of keen swimmers and shark lovers Suzanne Lovell and Lyndsay Bilodeau have set out to do.
The team of Sharklab Malta will swim the distance of 5.5 Km between the islands of Malta and Gozo and raise funds for Project AWARE.
"Sharklab Malta is a registered local NGO and is a non-profit voluntary organisation dedicated to research, education and raising greater...

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Rainbow Divers Vietnam - First Finathon Beach Olympics

First ever Beach Olympiics - a blast! 100% AWARE Partner Rainbow Divers, Vietnam is FINatical about sharks and determined to make a difference. Hosting the first Finathon in Vietnam they said “We had a great day with lots of fun! Tug of war and the floatable race were definitely the highlights of our Beach Olympics. Additionally we had good laughs during the three leg race and the egg on the...

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Winning to End Finning - The Finathon Super Rally

Jarret Voorhies, a 15 year old scuba diver and race car driver has gone the distance to raise awareness for shark protection and taken Project AWARE’s Finathon into overdrive. He wanted to dig deep to share his passion for ocean protection but combine his racing pursuits, creating the super rally that he called Winning to End Finning.

The go-karts and helmets were provided on July 13, 2014 at...



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109 Days of Tropical Island Swimming


A big congratulations to Scandy Andy who has swum an average of 1km a day for 109 days! It’s been a big week for Andy. When his latest challenge to swim the distance around the island of Koh Samui (84.7 kilometers) in less than 30 days was almost complete he upped the distance to 100km!  “I now have more kilometers than days swimming” said Andy. So how did it all start?
A few months ago...

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Going to Great Lengths for Sharks - the Same Length as the Great Barrier Reef!

Todd Cameron has been swimming around the world for sharks. He set a goal of a total of 2300km (2.3 million meters) - the same length as the Great Barrier Reef (or Toronto to Miami – that’s 605 IRONMAN swims!) to raise awareness for sharks. His Swimming Fast for Sharks project supports Project AWARE’s Finathon® so his action not only raises awareness but essential funds for shark...

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Winning to End Finning - Go Kart Race for Sharks

The race to save sharks is on! Support Jarret Voorhies - JSV Motorsports, 15 year old go kart racer and passionate scuba diver!
The first annual Winning to End Finning indoor electric go kart race takes place on July 13 at the Pole Position Raceway, Frisco, TX, USA.
The event will host a silent auction and raffle to raise funds. Jarret is busy gaining support from  businesses and traditional ...

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Gene's Finathon Swim from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao

Congratulations Gene Giraudeau and Master Divers completing an amazing 36km solo ocean swim for Project AWARE’s Finathon - watch the movie here! Hot on the heels of their success The Samui Swim Team are swimming to end finning one island at a time. So far they’ve navigated 7 islands and clocked up 39.3 Finathon Kilometres. So what are you waiting for? Create your fundraising page, plan...

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Oceans of Inspiration - 13 Hours 23 Minutes in the Water

The amazing and inspirational super star swimmer has done it! Today Gene Giraudeau became the first person to swim between the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, Thailand. Supported by Master Divers, Gene completed the swim in 13hrs 23 mins an incredible distance of 36km 33m.

Together with Gene's supporters we are blown away by Gene's achievement. Social media was swimming with good luck...

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Swiming Fast for Sharks

Todd Cameron is going the distance to raise awareness for sharks. He’s enduring a series of swim events, totaling 2300 km (the length of the Great Barrier Reef), concluding on June 20th (ironically the 39th Anniversary of JAWS, less than 100 miles from where they filmed the movie) in Narragansett Beach, RI, USA.

“I hope I can do my part in raising awareness by layering my passions for...



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What does a girl eat on a 16 hour swim? Read the interview to find out!

Gene Giraudeau is getting pumped for her 43km solo swim, a feat that no one has attempted before. It will take an estimated 16 hours to swim between the tropical Thai Islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Read the interview courtesy of Blonde Traveler Magazine here http://bit.ly/RlPnaP



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Congratulations Mermaids - They Did It!

They did it! Well done to all the Mermaids who took part in the first ever #Mermaid themed #Finathon event! Want to do something for sharks? Join a Finathon event, start your own or support upcoming events with a donation! Thank You http://www.finathon.org/mermaids


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A Finathon with a Twist in the Tale


This year’s Miss Scuba International finalists will become mermaids just for one day on Thursday 1st May in El Gouna, Egypt. And to show their support to marine conservation twelve mermaids and last year’s finalist Jaime-Lee Faulkner, will join Mermaid Kat for the day swimming to end shark finning. Racing with mermaid tails - it's a Finathon with a twist! Check out the Mermaid...

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The Scuba Shop and Aqua-Tots Swim for Sharks!

The Scuba Shop and Aqua-Tots swim school put together a FINtastic fun Finathon for all ages.Sharky the Mascot made a special appearance and the teams raised an amazing $2,300, a huge thanks to everyone who swam and made a donation.



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Going the Distance to Save the Apex Predators


“I love a challenge and I love open water swimming, my dream was to swim the English Channel but I don’t swim well in cold water so have chosen to swim between Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao. It’s very important to save sharks because they are the apex predators, sharks maintain fish populations and keep the ocean healthy.” Gene Girardeau Master Divers will swim 43km open water solo...

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Ready Set Go!
Thank you to everyone who supported the Florida Keys Community College Scuba Club and their Finathon this week. The club swam a total of 26.65 kilometres and raised over $1,100 for sharks.





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Looking for a Healthy New Year Challenge? Finathon 2014!


Scuba divers jumped into the new year with a splash taking on a fit, fun and healthy Finathon challenge. What a great way to begin 2014. A Finathon is the perfect incentive to get fit, feel good and raise funds for your favourite ocean icon – the shark. Read more about 3 amazing pool events and get started today!

13 year old Isabel and friends swam for Isabel's Bat Mitzvah and...

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Recent Donations

Name Amount Comment
Erin Lawrence $15.00 Excellent cause!
Jen Clent $25.00 Good on you for reaching your goal and raising much needed awareness here in NZ about this awful and cruel practice! Have a fun FINathon :-)
Jenny Hong $50.00 A very worthy cause being supported by a very keen scuba diver - aunt to beautiful niece and nephew, Emma and Aiden. Proud to see them swimming and raising money to save the sharks.
Jenny Locy $25.00
Rymi Sakimura $10.00 Goodluck Esther! You are amazing :)
Emily Bowles $36.00 Money from fund raising - not loads but every little helps our sharks!!
Sammy Bowles $25.00 Better late than never - Save the Sharks
Melina Kerou $25.00
Francisco Lopes $20.00 Good Luck Marta
Anna Danilova $25.00
Segolene Lebrun $25.00
Alex Wait for it $29.00
Nika Pende $20.00
David and Eman and Eman $55.00
Tanja Himmel $24.00
Felix Wu $12.00
Tom Carier $61.00 sharks forever my friend :-)
Jasmin Berlin $25.00
Alois Kozar $25.00
Ashley Lambert $50.00 shark fin soup tastes pretty average
Shona Whittaker $55.00
Dala Marie $15.00
Glennis & Phil Drane $25.00 Great cause. Good luck.
Mario Pavlovic $13.00 Please eat tomato soup, it's also very very tasty and it's closest thing to pizza.
Alina Pyda $10.00
Stian Ovstebo $25.00 Juuhuuu
Elena Haeler $25.00
Anonymous Donor $50.00 Ola Marta e projecto Aware, esperamos que um dia visites os tubarões nos Açores :) --> Azores Islands
Lorena Derezanin $25.00 my small contribution to the Finathon! Leave them sharks be, don't eat fin soup, guys!
Anonymous Donor $20.00
Nora Bergner $15.00 Keep up the great work Anna and good luck!!
Anonymous Donor $30.00 Congratulazioni al progetto AWARE Finathon tramite la nostra candidata preferita Marta
Maria Baranova $10.00
Anonymous Donor $60.00
Anonymous Donor $100.00
Anonymous Donor $10.00
Debeli Debelojevi? $10.00
Andrea Genovese $10.00 To the best person to have as a manager, as a shark joke teller and as a friend. Good luck and let's help the sharks!
Anonymous Donor $60.00 to blackmail those sharks into not eating Lisa
Alisa Baranskaya $10.00
Melissa O'Brien $10.00
Damien Lamoureux $25.00
Ricky O'Neill $20.00
Lark Adams $50.00 Save our Ocean Ecosystems
Work Colleagues $100.00 Great Job Chris!
Anonymous Donor $15.00
Mario Loescher $10.00
Mikaela Papagiorcopulo $280.00 Funds collecting from fundraising activities in Malta as part of the Finathon Malta weekend. Thank you to everyone who took part in the shark release & swim and to all those who played our raffle or donated.
Hannah Liddy $10.00
Valentin Dorsaz $5.00
Project AWARE
Project AWARE Foundation Americas: 30151 Tomas Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, United States Asia Pacific: Unit 3/4 Skyline Place, Frenchs Forest 2086 Australia
joanna.mcnamara@projectaware.org.au