September is Debris Month of Action – a time when thousands of scuba divers around the world rally together to take action against the trash from our everyday lives that makes its way to the ocean. Marine debris, or trash in the ocean, consists of litter like plastic bags, food wrappers and drink bottles as well as enormous fishing nets, cars and industrial waste. It’s unsightly, costly for local communities and endangers some of our most vulnerable underwater species.
During September 2014, ocean heroes like you helped to fight back against the ocean’s silent killer, contributing to real change. Thank you all!
Here’s a recap of Debris Month of Action 2014:
· More than 1000 divers worldwide joined the fight against underwater trash during September alone, by volunteering for Dive Against Debris surveys or becoming certified as a Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialist.
· 25,440 lbs/11,539 kgs underwater marine debris was removed and reported globally through Dive Against Debris surveys, 45 percent was composed plastics.
· 78 Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty Instructors and Instructor Trainers were certified to teach others about marine debris threats and how to conduct a survey.
· 44 students completed the Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty and became certified to make a difference every time they dive.
Make All Your Dives a Dive Against Debris: It takes consistent, repeat and global action all year to support lasting change. You can join the fight any dive, anytime, anywhere.
- Dive Against Debris Year-Round: All the resources are freely available to download here
- Report Your Data Online: Help shine a light on marine debris issues and tackle them at the source.
- Take the Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty Course.
Project AWARE’s ultimate goal is to prevent marine debris at the source. This means:
- Working with dive volunteers year-round: to remove and report trash from underwater environments and identify target areas in need of the most cleanup attention.
- Partnering with business in designing products with waste prevention in mind.
- Partnering with waste managers to devise better management infrastructure and solutions.
- Working with all levels of government toward development and implementation of smart, strong and effective waste management policies and infrastructure necessary for them to be effective.