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Sharks Saving Sharks: NSU Finathon™ Encourages Swimming to End Finning

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is ‘FINatical’ about sharks and will join thousands of scuba divers around the world in swimming to end finning. On Sunday July 28 at the NSU Aquatic Center Competition Pool in Davie, Florida, the NSU Shark community will swim to raise much-needed funds for shark protection.

Swimmers, divers, instructors, families, guests, and schools are encouraged to join the NSU Finathon™ and be champions for sharks. “Nova Southeastern University is passionate about environmental protection,” says Tec Clark, associate director for aquatics and scuba diving at NSU. “We have the Guy Harvey Research Institute, the Save Our Seas Shark Centre, world-class shark researcher Dr. Mahmood Shivji, and even our mascot is a shark. This Finathon is another way to show that the NSU Sharks are committed to saving sharks.”

Together, water enthusiasts have a powerful, collective voice to secure protection for endangered shark species worldwide.

“Shark fishing is largely unregulated around the world. Overfishing, bycatch and finning – the slicing of sharks fining and throwing away the body at sea – kills thousands of sharks every day,” added Mahmood Shivji, Ph.D., director of NSU’s Guy Harvey Research Institute at the Oceanographic Center.

The first global Finathon™ is presented by Project AWARE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting our ocean planet. Project AWARE relies on support from divers to fund critical conservation. All funds raised will help:

  • Fight to stop finning
  • Insist on full protections for Critically Endangered sharks
  • Negotiate stronger policies to ensure a brighter future for all sharks

So if you’re FINatical about sharks, join the race to protect them. With the clock ticking for vanishing shark species the time to act is now. Let the global race begin!

NSU’s local Finathon™ takes place Sunday July 28th, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m. at NSU’s Aquatic Center Competition Pool on NSU’s Main Campus in Davie, Florida. For more information and registration contact Tec Clark at 954-262-7301 or

About Nova Southeastern University: Situated on 300 beautiful acres in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic fully accredited research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels.  NSU is a not-for-profit independent institution with more than 26,000 students. NSU awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. NSU is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it’s one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification.


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