You can help - Dive Against Debris today and support the movement for a trash free ocean. Every year tens of thousands of marine animals and seabirds die from eating or getting tangled in marine debris - our waste in the ocean. But your local actions can contribute to a clean, healthy ocean.
We are emptying the ocean of sharks. As a diver and a global citizen acting locally, you can play a critical role in saving sharks. Here’s why your actions to protect sharks are so important:
Nearly one out of five shark species is classified by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as Threatened with extinction. That doesn’t even include hundreds of species (almost half of all sharks) whose population status cannot be assessed because of lack of information. Scientists warn that, in actuality, a third of sharks might already be threatened.
They’re easy targets. Moving slowly through the ocean, often in predictable aggregations – these gentle, filter-feeding giants and their smaller cousins the devil rays - are being fished at an alarming rate.
With ever increasing threats to our ocean planet, working globally and acting locally has never been so important.
The Ocean Action Project empowers ocean communities to take local conservation actions to a whole new level of change. With measured results, on the ground and under the water action, the Ocean Action Project brings us one step closer to a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet by addressing the root causes of marine debris or shark and ray protection issues.
Just like climbers and campers have an ethic or code to live by – so do scuba divers. Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet helps divers of all skill levels make a difference when they dive, travel, and more.