Latest Updates

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


AWARE Updates

Apr. 20/15

It's one of the largest marine debris removal efforts ever undertaken by Project AWARE volunteers as dive centres, businesses and locals rebuild the community after category 5 cyclone 'Pam' swept through the islands of Vanuatu on 13th March 2015. 

With wind gusts in excess of 320km/hr and violent storm surges, the cyclone didn't just damage commercial and residential buildings, it also wrecked havoc under the waves with boats and yachts smashed against the seafloor. 

Apr. 13/15

493,047 and counting. That’s how many pieces of rubbish have been reported and removed from our ocean since 2011 through Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program. The weight of these items when combined is equal to that of over 3000 people*. 

As we approach the half a million mark, we catch up with AWARE’s Program Specialist, Hannah Pragnell-Raasch to discover a little bit more about what the Dive Against Debris data tells us so far.


For over two decades divers have tackled the marine debris problem. From the olden days of an annual beach and underwater cleanup event to today's action - regular and comprehensive Dive Against Debris surveys reporting the quantities and types of marine debris items found underwater - we've stepped up our game and massively scaled up how we can help protect marine life from deadly ocean trash.

Mar. 10/15

What a busy start to the year! From Paris to Dubai, 100% AWARE partners from around the world have joined us at busy dive shows in Europe and the Middle East to meet like-minded divers. Exhibiting at Dive Shows gives Project AWARE and its partners a unique opportunity to rally support from the dive community to take action locally and globally to protect the ocean and its wildlife.

Mar. 06/15

Last week the world lost an ocean hero and inspirational women who dedicated her life to shark research, science and conservation - Dr. Eugenie Clark - a pioneering marine biologist, also known as the “Shark Lady” who passed away on 25 February at age 92.

Mar. 01/15

On 3rd March, people everywhere will celebrate World Wildlife Day, a day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. For scuba divers like you it’s an opportunity to recognise the value of marine life and remind ourselves of our responsibility to protect it.


A landmark study, published in the journal Science on Thursday 13 February, reveals just how much plastic makes its way in the world's oceans and the top countries responsible for the ocean-bound trash.

Feb. 10/15

On Wednesday 4th February, PADI Pros and dive volunteers celebrated their shared passion for diving and ocean protection by taking part in a PADI Dive Day event with the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) and Project AWARE.

Feb. 23/15

The Ocean Film Festival, Australia is on its way! Hitting a record number of venues across Australia the festival will showcase some of the world's most inspiring and moving ocean short films. Project AWARE caught up with festival organiser, Jemima Robinson to learn a little more about the festival and what the audience can expect in 2015. 

AWARE: The Ocean Film Festival has been running in Australia for 3 years now. How did you get involved? 

Feb. 06/15

Back in 2012, I watched history being made. Australia created the world’s largest network of marine sanctuaries, protecting some of our most iconic dive sites like Osprey and Bouganville Reefs in the Coral Sea, Lord Howe Island NSW, Geographe Bay and Two Rocks WA.

Divers everywhere responded to our calls to action by sending submissions, lobbying and sharing the news across the globe. It was an exciting moment in history; a renewed optimism for the future of marine sanctuaries worldwide.