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Read about all the latest developments in the ocean protection movement.


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Nov. 24/15

If you knew her growing up, Charlee Shea probably seemed an unlikely shark advocate. She moved to South West Rocks on the mid north coast of New South Wales, Australia at age 12, but wasn’t exactly the “coastal” type. In fact, she was terrified of the ocean. Susceptible, like so many of us are, to the exaggerated myths of sharks as man-eating predators, Charlee was so mortified that she refused to even enter ocean waters.

Nov. 11/15

Team Tomahawk from Dive Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand is no stranger to Project AWARE's FinathonTM. The team has taken part in Finathons since 2013.

But little did the team know that their actions this year would reach a different kind of fame.

After a series of challenges and fun video compilations to raise awareness on the plight of sharks, Dive Otago received news they would never have imagined possible. 

Oct. 21/15

Project AWARE is excited to announce its newest Dive Against Debris Hero: Tim Latimer!

Tim’s journey into scuba diving wasn’t quite like most. In fact, he never really pursued diving in the first place! When he was in high school, faculty organized a trip to the Bahamas for the students – Tim was dying to go, but there was one small catch: students would be diving on the trip, and it was a requirement for any interested attendees to learn. Though he never had much interest in the sport, Tim reluctantly signed up for a scuba diving course and ended up loving it.

Oct. 01/15

The Our Ocean 2015 international conference in Chile is less than one week away – October 5-6, and Project AWARE divers are taking action, now more than ever, to fight back against marine debris.


Sep. 10/15

In preparation for the Our Ocean 2015 international conference in Chile on October 5-6, US Secretary of State John Kerry has posed the question, “What will you do to protect the ocean?”


Project AWARE’s answer? Taking action against trash through Dive Against Debris. Scuba divers everywhere are taking a stand against the onslaught of marine debris. With our underwater skill set, we’re uniquely positioned to shine light on what we see beneath the waves – the negative impacts of underwater debris on ocean ecosystems and wildlife.


Sep. 03/15

“Please don’t bury your head in the sand, and don’t look the other way.” Project AWARE activist Lucy Dunbar urges her community to take a stand for ocean protection, and her argument is compelling:

Aug. 13/15

Henry Harries-Jones has lived by the ocean since the age of three – fascinated by the expanse of big blue before him, he dreamed of breathing undersea from a young age. So, when the opportunity arose for him to become scuba certified he, like so many others, dove in head first and was instantly hooked.

Jul. 23/15

He was sweating, treading water in Thailand’s choppy seas when the sharks began to circle around him. He had already been swimming for two hours, and exhaustion was beginning to set in. In his situation most would panic, but not Bryan. He was exactly where he wanted to be.

Jul. 16/15

By 2025, as much as 250 million metric tons of plastic could make its way into the ocean, damaging critical habitats and endangering marine life. But, our trash does not belong underwater. That’s why Project AWARE divers around the world are taking a stand, fighting back against marine debris, and working together to develop solutions.

Jul. 08/15

One of television’s biggest events is upon us – Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Whether you love their infamous programming or plan to boycott the drama, one thing is certain – scuba divers are some of shark’s biggest fans.  These vital creatures are critical to marine ecosystems but they’re in danger. The good news is that divers will go to great lengths to protect them. Scuba diver and Project AWARE supporter, Natalie Parrinder, has done just that.