Latest Updates

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


AWARE Updates

Oct. 23/13

What do a skateboard, Ganesh statue, golf clubs and fake teeth all have in common? They were all odd items found by Dive Against Debris volunteers during this year’s September Debris Month of Action.  

What else did volunteer divers find? More than 38,680 debris items including 3,935 plastic beverage bottles, 2,152 cigarette filters, and 2,363 cigar tips. Shocking? Wait until we tell you what the most bizarre and unusual discovery was: a “makeshift toilet” found in the murky depths of the Sheffield Canal in the UK.

Oct. 16/13

Exactly 99 dives and approximately 2,915 lbs/1,322 kgs of trash later, Canadive’s amazing duo of divers, Charlotte and Isak Rydlund (and their Labrador retriever, Fenwick), completed their last Dive Against Debris as part of a coast to coast expedition this summer.

Oct. 14/13

Applications now open for the Ocean Action Project 2013. Apply by 31st Oct.

The Oxford English definition of Hero: a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Oct. 03/13

This September, volunteer scuba divers from every corner of the globe embarked on a mission to battle marine debris - the ocean's silent killer. Together, we removed and reported more than 20,000 trash items amounting to 17,000 lbs/7500 kgs of debris hauled up from beneath the surface.

Sep. 25/13

When faced with a 12 ton creature, entangled in fishing nets and fighting for survival, what would you do? It’s a challenging question that divers can face when encountering marine animals in distress. 

In these situations, it’s always important to err on the side of extreme caution, prioritize safety at all times and contact professionals who are trained in wildlife rescue. But for some divers, in the moment, that’s easier said than done. Many divers share a compelling urge to act when they see an animal suffering.

Sep. 16/13

When most people think of debris in our ocean they imagine piles of garbage, floating plastic bottles, broken glass and rusting metal. All of those things, and more, are certainly part of the problem but one issue less often considered by the general public is how debris causes entanglement, injury, or death of many marine animals.

Fishing lines, nets and hooks are all serious concerns for many larger marine animals such as rays, seals, sea lions, dolphins, sharks, turtles and whales. Mantas are particularly vulnerable due to their large wingspan.

Aug. 28/13

Marine debris is choking marine life. Every year tens of thousands of marine animals and seabirds are killed and injured from eating or getting tangled up in our rubbish. Trash in the ocean threatens the survival of some of our most iconic marine animals.

Divers on the Solmar V liveaboard were visiting an isolated dive site some 300 miles south west of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico when they discovered an injured whale shark.

Aug. 21/13

Here at Project AWARE, we like to call marine debris the “silent killer” – the trash from our everday lives that smothers ocean environments, ensnares and chokes marine species. Les Stroud, or the godfather of survival TV, is used to the silence and the sight of of debris from his professional career as the TV hit series Survivorman.

Aug. 05/13

Shark Week, an annual ratings giant for the Discovery Channel every August, is already shaping up to be a shock-fest of new documentaries. But here at Project AWARE, we’re making shark protection a priority year-round so every week is Shark Week!

Jul. 30/13

Ten weeks ago, Project AWARE began the search for 100 Finathon Champions and we found you! In just ten weeks, 154 Finathon Champions, 40 teams and 50 children under the age of 10 raised nearly $50,000 by swimming to end finning. Thank you!

Together, you swam nearly 600km, shaved your heads, swam in shark costumes and organized other creative events to show your passion for shark protection. And all with one jawesome goal - swimming to end finning.