Latest Updates

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


AWARE Updates

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.  

Feb. 09/15

A single red rose? A box of chocolates? Maybe a romantic candlelit dinner for two? 

With Valentine's Day just around the corner we're definitely feeling the love here in the Project AWARE office. But it's not the traditional kind of Valentine's Day "lurve" we're into this February. We're feeling the love - the love for our ocean. And we want to share it with you!

Feb. 03/15

What if we told you the effort you put forth as a diver to complete a PADI certification course could also support ocean protection initiatives? These initiatives include securing conservation measures for the most vulnerable shark and ray species, and providing the tools and resources to volunteer scuba divers to take action against marine debris in their local communities and to collect data critical to working towards solutions to this global issue.

Jan. 08/15

As we hit the ground running toward agressive goals for 2015, we take a moment to check in on our partners in the field - the Ocean Action Projects you voted to receive support for their grassroots conservation efforts around the world. Be sure to keep an eye on their My Ocean profiles to get the latest info about the awesome actions they’re leading. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve achieved so far:

Jan. 05/15

The New Year is a time for celebration and looking toward the future with hope. Although the recent reports on the state of our oceans doesn’t give much hope for the future of our blue planet, there is a growing realization among world leaders that the ocean needs urgent action. 

Dec. 19/14

The New South Wales (NSW) State Government in Australia has finally lifted the fishing amnesty on most coastal marine sanctuaries. For nearly 2 years, coastal marine sanctuaries in NSW have been open to recreational fishing leaving our precious marine life unprotected.