Latest Updates

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


AWARE Updates

Jun. 23/16

In just a few months, South Africa will host the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) - a World Wildlife Conference expected to be the largest global gathering of people focused on international wildlife trade since CITES came into force in 1975.

Jun. 16/16

Two years after its establishment, members of the Marine Litter Action Network (MLAN) met again in Birmingham, UK, on May 26 to reflect on what the network has achieved so far, and share knowledge and expertise.

Representatives from 28 organisations, including Project AWARE, attended the event. The delegates discussed topics ranging from financial incentives and behaviour change, how we can tackle litter at sporting events through to beach and underwater clean-ups - maximising take up, impact and litter recycling, data reporting and litter monitoring methods to name but a few.

Jun. 26/16

Scuba divers are amongst some of the most passionate shark and ray advocates we know. We’re wild about them!

That’s why, this Shark Week, we’re excited to launch #Divers4SharksNRays - Project AWARE’s latest global campaign to help protect some of the world’s most vulnerable shark and ray species.

Jun. 13/16

Earlier this month, our partners at the Ocean Conservancy released their 30th International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Report, recognizing the efforts of Project AWARE divers around the globe who have contributed marine debris data through Dive Against Debris™.

Jun. 03/16

With each breath we take, we're connected to the ocean. It provides food, regulates our climate, gives us oxygen and acts as our planet's life support system, yet only a fraction is protected. As divers, we know that tackling two of the biggest threats facing our ocean – marine debris and over-exploitation of shark and ray species – is a real challenge. We see these issues first-hand, but they give us the drive and determination to take action for ocean protection - fins on and off.


Addressing the marine debris issue is no walk in the park. It’s a complex problem that is truly global by nature and requires collaboration among stakeholders at local, national and international levels. It can be daunting to face, but we really do have the power to drive change!

May. 18/16

Our countdown to the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) – to be held in South Africa from September 24 to October 5, 2016 – begins this Endangered Species Day, May 20.

May. 02/16

Conservationists are applauding news that 50 countries have joined efforts to list devil rays, threshers, and silky sharks under Appendix II the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Cosponsors to the proposals – made originally by Fiji, Sri Lanka, and Maldives (respectively) – now include the European Union and its 28 Member States, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and eight West African nations. Many other countries are co-sponsoring one or two of the proposals.

Apr. 28/16

Earlier this month, in the run-up to Earth Day 2016, we asked you to tell us why your dive site is worth protecting by entering #MyDiveSite photo contestMORE

Apr. 26/16

It’s no secret. Scuba divers are some of the world’s most passionate ocean advocates. With our unique underwater access and dive skills, we’re a powerful movement – one that seeks out action and mobilizes for change.

Just one week ago, Project AWARE launched a new initiative to help spark and further grow this change. Adopt A Dive Site™ encourages dive professionals, centers and resorts in the local monitoring and protection of our underwater playgrounds against trash.