by AJ Sablan
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.
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.
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Alyssa Sablan is Shark Defender's student intern.