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August 4, 2013

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August 4, 2013

I first met Christopher Chin at the Peter Benchley awards over a year ago. He graciously & humbly spoke to me about COARE and their immense efforts toward Ocean Conservation. What is fantastic about COARE & Christopher is that they are deeply committed to each and every project they pursue from beginning to end; a good example was the Shark Fin soup consumption initiatives in California; COARE was there every step of the way. What I love most about COARE is their Education program; without awareness we can’t save our Planet. Christopher educates our future generations on different ways to preserve & care for our Ocean, on the use of plastics, and for those interested, on becoming future scientists & divers. I am very impressed by COARE & its founder.

Carolina Dratva
Social Media & Communications Volunteer
Mission Blue (Sylvia Earle Alliance)

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 2, 2013

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August 2, 2013

I first became a fan of COARE when I was doing research on sharks and shark conservation, etc. I was in Destin, Florida in 2005 when a girl was killed in a shark attack, in the very same spot my kids had been swimming 15 minutes prior to her attack. After that it seemed everyone was on a 'shark hunt' of sorts. Catching and killing sharks off of the pier or out on charters. Then when the Blacktips migrated in such large numbers a few years ago, I wanted to see what organizations were out there, and had settled upon the idea of creating my own. I knew starting my own organization was going to be quite an undertaking, especially since I am pretty far inland, and I don't think we've ever had a shark attack here in Ohio. But seeing people from all over, even friends of mine, posting pictures on facebook, etc. of the shark they caught on vacation, or poking at sea turtle eggs with sticks...it was just sad and infuriating. I was then diagnosed with Cancer in August 2011, had surgery and treatment in September 2011, and my advocacy group was put on the back burner. But I continued to follow Christopher's work, and a few select other groups that I felt had the same feelings and objectives that I do. I became a fan of COARE because of the goals and objectives, then became a fan of Christopher's and his work because it is evident that he has a passion for what he does and it's not just a job he does from 9-5. That makes all of the difference in the world. I whole-heartedly support not only what Christopher and COARE do but how they go about doing it.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 1, 2013
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August 1, 2013
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The work being done by Christopher and the rest of the team at COARE is of paramount importance in ocean protection. The work that they are doing will not only change laws, it will change lives and ensure that the ocean is a sustainable resource for future generations. The steps they have taken to create and pass critical legislation will leave a lasting legacy and revolutionize the idea of cultural evolution as we transition more deeply into existing as a global society.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 10, 2011
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August 10, 2011
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I have worked with Christopher Chin and COARE over the past year around educating people about banning shark finning practices worldwide, plastic pollution and various ocean awareness projects.

COARE is an amazing company with an outstanding group of tireless advocates working towards the
preservation of the oceans of this world. Christopher Chin is a multi-talented dedicated man I count myself lucky to know.


Elise DuFour
Assistant Content Editor for Google Earth, Ocean Layer
The Sylvia Earle Foundation
http://www.sylviaearlealliance.org/

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the programs, advocacy, and legislation I've been a part of and also in the people who have effected change in their lives because of the education received from COARE.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NOT change a thing!

August 9, 2011
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August 9, 2011
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During an impetuous visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Shark Days, I was introduced to Christopher Chin, the founder of the Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education. We spoke for a while about our passions for the ocean, as well as our favorite marine species. From the get-go, I could tell that this man's passion for sharks far exceeds that of the common visitor to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He excited me more than I realized about Chondrichthyes, and next thing I knew, I was on the volunteer list.

When the opportunity arose to work alongside Christopher Chin at World Oceans Day, this summer, I seized it immediately. We spend hours speaking to the general public, communicating the our passions for the oceans as well as shark conservation to anyone who would listen, and were quite successful in gathering signatures of California residents who supported bill AB 376.

I am proud to have worked with Mr. Chin, and would work again with him in a heartbeat.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with COARE educated me about sharks more than I had expected. Dialogue with Christopher Chin not only informed me, it inspired me.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would expand this organization, if only to reach and educate more of the general public.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Definitely volunteer tee-shirts.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Not only did my love for sharks grow tenfold, but it reignited my activist flames, which combined well with my recent passion for education. All in all, it inspired me to keep talking to people, and to keep the conversation alive.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt proud and accomplished after volunteering with COARE. I am inspired, and driven even more to protect our oceans.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

I was first introduced to COARE when I met founder Christopher Chin at a rally in San Francisco's Chinatown to raise awareness about the numerous problems with shark fin soup. That was about 2 years ago and I've been a regular volunteer since.
COARE has a way of interacting with the public and
getting them interested in the problems currently facing our oceans. Everything from teaching children about sharks and the problems plastics are causing in our oceans, as we recently did during the Marine Science Institute's Earth Day celebration, to reaching out on an international level in getting a number of restaurants to stop serving shark fin soup with its SharkSafe certification program. This organization also lobbies frequently to get more laws in place that will protect the overall health of our oceans as Christopher recently did when he testified in front of the California state legislature on behalf of the plastic bag ban, as well as on behalf of the shark fin ban.
Overall I've been really impressed with the dedication and presence of this organization and all the people involved with it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This is a very interactive and hands-on organization and I've personally seen a lot of people change there minds in how they think about or oceans and their inhabitants. I've also seen a number of people go from just asking about what we do, to being ready to volunteer and take action after having just one conversation.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any changes at this time, just more of what they already do.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

Christopher Chin has so much passion with conserving the ocean and it really shows when he speaks to others about it. He has made me open my eyes more to what humans have done and what we can do to help stop the destruction of the ocean. It is great to work with a nonprofit who shares the same compassion as I do.

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I feel very confident talking with people about the plight of the ocean. Not only with that but all the other items that COARE is involved with

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I just wish that it could have more of an appearance in the midwest...away from the ocean

April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

I volunteer regularly with the Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research and Education (by representing them at various events in the area, as well as by helping to manage their online and social networking presence).

I have been consistently impressed by COARE's presence -- they are
invited to (and attend) a large number of events nationwide, and have made a difference not just in the United States, but internationally as well. For example, COARE's SharkSafe program, which certifies restaurants around the globe as serving food that is safe for sharks (the restaurants have to vow not to serve any shark products, as well as to obtain their seafood via sustainable practices) has restaurants participating in places as far away as Indonesia (and as close to home as San Francisco).

COARE's presence at events is essential to getting people involved and starting a discussion about why the oceans are so important. This brings me to another thing that COARE is astonishingly good at: motivating people to take action, and following up with them to in a way that's non-obtrusive or pushy. Their newsletters are informative and give a number of volunteer opportunities, and it's easy to be involved to whatever extent a supporter is comfortable with. I've seen a number of people approach COARE's Executive Director at events, questioning what the organization does and why they should care, and walk away ready to volunteer.

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I've seen COARE convince individuals why the oceans are so important and why the way international policies towards ocean conservation are failing, and get them motivated to get involved. COARE's Executive Director has testified in front of the California state legislature in Sacramento on behalf of the plastic bag ban, as well as on behalf of the shark fin ban. COARE is a hands-on organization that is extremely effective at it's lobbying efforts, as well as it's public education.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything I would change at this time.

April 13, 2011
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April 13, 2011
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Our K-12 school in Oakland, Head-Royce School, recently featured a week-long study and celebration of the ocean. When we asked Christopher Chin to be a guest speaker, we only knew of him as someone generous with his time and energy and someone committed to ocean conservation and shark protection. We had no idea he would be able to take a few hundred middle-school kids from a state of roaring, unbound energy to enraptured focus where you could hear a pin drop. He spoke for twenty minutes or so, weaving in personal stories about shark encounters, the bad rap sharks have in the media, unreasonable human fears, the plight of the ocean, the vital role of sharks, and incredible facts about these highly-evolved animals. The assembly ran overtime from questions, and the students gathered around him afterwards to hear more. It was an afternoon I won't forget. Thanks to Christopher for engaging these young minds (and mine!) and taking them into a world they may never have ventured without him as their guide.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their outgoing, dedicated efforts to educate, inform, and inspire.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more resources and staff to further their great work.

April 29, 2010
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April 29, 2010
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My first encounter with COARE was the enthusiastic description detailed to me by the executive directer, Christopher Chin at the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society NYC weekend. Christopher lit up with joy when discussing COARE's Shark Safe initiatives in local restaurants, the importance of spreading ocean love to optimistic kids, and describing the potential COARE has for making change in marine conservation. It did not take him long to recruit me onto the COARE team so that I too could dedicate countless glorious hours spreading enthusiasm for marine conservation research and education across the country! I would love to see COARE's initiatives spread to cities spanning across the entire US. Its location in San Fransisco, while perfect for conducting local projects, provides a limited demographic that, in turn, limits the organization's potential for growth and ultimate success. That is why I hope to tell others along the East Coast as well as the Midwest Region about COARE. With enough determination, one can easily find all of the hidden marine enthusiasts and conservation activists that would drop everything to support an organization like COARE. That is what I intend to do! I will look in every nook and cranny of every un-obvious location to find people as passionate as Christopher to spread COARE's love for our oceans on to the next generation!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic! He drew me in instantly and within minutes I was ready to join the cause!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its demographic! I would love to see COARE in every major American city as well as developing countries that greatly impact their coastal reservoirs. Social change comes through the spread of knowledge across borders and socioeconomic divides.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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