Latest Updates

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


AWARE Updates

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.

Apr. 15/16

The European Commission today released a long-anticipated report on EU Member States’ 2014 implementation of the EU ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea) which finds few infringements and reaffirms the EU commitment to the most reliable means for finning ban enforcement: requiring that sharks be landed with fins still naturally attached. Such a rule greatly eases enforcement and facilitates collection of key species-specific catch data.

Apr. 01/16

Scientists have announced that the entire ocean is now completely free of marine debris!

As in, not a single piece of trash left. Literally, none. Just crystal clear, sparkling waters and flourishing marine habitats. Coral reefs across the globe are now completely clear of ghost net, monofilament has been removed from the areas surrounding all fishing piers, and there are no more plastic bags, fragments, bottles or cans or for sea animals to accidentally ingest or become entangled in.

Mar. 23/16

Despite their importance and value, sharks and rays are severely overexploited. Sharks fisheries remain woefully under regulated and overfishing, finning and bycatch continue to threaten the survival of the species. Thankfully, divers are some of sharks’ closest and most influential allies and we’re working together to keep sharks and rays populations healthy.

Apr. 22/16

Happy Earth Day, scuba friends! We are blown away by the enthusiasm of participants in our #MyDiveSite photo challenge. Your photos and stories prove that volunteer actions can add up to a big impact for the health of our oceans.

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.

Mar. 31/16

This is our world, our ocean. These are our dive sites.

With Earth Day fast approaching, we’re reminded to protect our valuable natural resources – our ocean environments, house reefs, lakes and rivers – the places that we dive, the underwater playgrounds that we love. These are our dive sites, and they need protecting. Earth Day offers the perfect opportunity to take ownership of the dive sites we love

Mar. 02/16

Today, World Wildlife Day, Project AWARE honors all scuba activists who, one dive at a time, are taking action to protect ocean wildlife from marine debris, the ocean’s silent killer. Started by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, World Wildlife Day celebrates and raises awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.

Feb. 19/16

Signatories to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Sharks have unanimously agreed to add twenty-two species of sharks and rays to the MoU scope, and to accept the applications of six conservation groups as Cooperating Partners in fulfilling MoU objectives. Conservationists are, in turn, calling on countries to take concrete national and international actions to fulfill new commitments to the imperiled species.

Feb. 15/16

You asked, we listened! In an effort to make Dive Against Debris™ easier and more accessible to divers of all different locations and nationalities, we’ve expanded our Dive Against Debris resources to include more than 12 different languages.

Divers across the globe can now remove, record and report debris in the language of their choice. As a diver with a natural affinity for ocean protection, you have the skills and knowledge to make a difference. Now, we want to arm you with the tools and resources to put your next Dive Against Debris into action.