Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pinning Shark Defenders

Guest Blog
by AJ Sablan

Hafa adai!

My name is Alyssa Sablan, and I’m so excited to have the chance to blog for Shark Defenders, moreover to help with some of their social media and online outreach. I really love social media (but obviously not as much as I love sharks).

As a Saipan native (the largest island within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), I’ve grown up around the ocean and around sharks. I earned my PADI open water dive certification and have taken every chance I’ve had since then to go diving (I was lucky enough to go diving with Caribbean reef sharks during a trip to The Bahamas last year). Sharks have always played an important role in my life. However, as I’ve grown older, I’ve noticed how shark populations have declined. Sharks used to be everywhere; now during a dive, I’m lucky if I see one.  It makes me sad, but motivated because I believe I can make a difference.

This is why I’m proud to be interning for Shark Defenders. This is giving me a chance to carry on supporting sharks. I loved having the chance to participate in Micronesia Shark Defenders, and I’m so proud of my Commonwealth for passing a bill that banned the sale, possession, and trade of shark fins. I’m looking forward to putting my knowledge of technology and shark conservation to work! It’s important to prevent sharks from going extinct.

Follow Shark Defenders on Pinterest
Call it a generational thing, but I see the value in social media. You’re looking at the new administrator of our Tumblr account, as well as our new Pinterest account. You are on at least one of these, right? If you are – or even if you aren’t – you should check out our pages. I’ve been posting pictures, petitions, and general news items, and I’ll try to keep you updated on what’s going on in the shark world. I hope it’s a good resource for you. Basically, I’m trying to create a “one-stop shop” for all your shark news and information needs, updated daily. Staying in touch with us is a great way to stay updated and to be a Shark Defender.

Give our sites a look, and don’t forget to “like” or “follow” us! And, feel free to pass along cool articles or pictures that you think would be good to feature on the page! #FinSanity @SharkDefenders, and, of course, most importantly, #AJRocks (just kidding).

Alyssa Sablan is Shark Defender's student intern.

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