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Project AWARE partners with individuals, governments, NGOs and businesses to work toward solutions to the global marine debris crisis and help protect vulnerable shark and ray species.

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International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Project AWARE is an International Non-government Organization member of IUCN, the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. IUCN, home of the Red List of Threatened Species, is a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. 

International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) - As an NGO member of ICRI, Project AWARE supports the implementation of relevant international conventions and agreements by governments, international organizations, and non-government organizations to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems. Project AWARE’s policy work focuses on the role of sharks in coral reef environments and protection of coral reefs habitats from the devastating effects of marine debris. 

Global Partnership for Marine Litter - Launched in June of 2012 at Rio+20, the Global Partnership for Marine Litter (GPML) seeks to protect human health and the global environment by reducing marine litter. By working among  partners in government, academia, the public and private sector, Project AWARE contributes to the alliance goal by engaging divers in debris solutions and sharing the information reported through Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris™ program  to help reduce its impacts globally.

Trash Free Seas - Spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy, the Trash Free Seas Alliance® unites industry, science and conservation leaders who share a common goal for a healthy ocean free of trash. As a founding member of the Alliance, Project AWARE is working with corporations, economists, waste experts, and other non-governmental organizations to identify ways for communities to profitably gather, separate, sell and store plastic waste and prevent it from entering the ocean.

Seas at Risk - The Seas at Risk Alliance is a European association of non-governmental organizations working to protect and restore the health of the European and Northeast Atlantic seas. As a member, Project AWARE is working alongside other Alliance members to ensure that EU governments take marine litter seriously and commit to adopting the most effective measures to tackle the problem including setting aggressive marine litter reduction targets for all EU States.
Save Our Marine Life - Save Our Marine Life is a growing community of people, organisations and businesses working to protect Australia’s unique marine life, safeguard our healthy coastal lifestyle and save the new national network of marine sanctuaries. Supported by an alliance of 20 leading conservation groups, including Project AWARE, Save Our Marine Life has acted on behalf of millions of supporters to protect huge areas of our marine environment around the globe. 

Boomerang Alliance - As a member of the Boomerang Alliance, Project AWARE works with other leading environment groups for zero waste in Australia. The Alliance's main campaign is for a national Container Deposit Scheme to place a value on used drinks containers and encourage recycling. Australians use almost 13 billion drinks containers a year, of which only around 40% are recycled. The remainder are littered or dumped in landfill. Worldwide, similar schemes have reduced the energy, water and raw materials needed to create new containers and created thousands of new jobs, in addition to leading to a cleaner environment.

CMS Sharks MoU - Project AWARE is a cooperating partner of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MOU) which aims to achieve and maintain a favourable conservation status for migratory sharks based on the best available scientific information and taking into account the socio-economic value of these species for the people in various countries.

Corporate Partners

PADI 50th Anniversary LogoPADI – The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the world’s largest scuba diver training organization, established Project AWARE in 1989 as an initiative to increase environmental awareness through diver education. Today, Project AWARE is a separate nonprofit organization and global movement that raises its own funds and drives its own mission and goals. PADI supports Project AWARE with in-kind services, connects us with a network of divers and professionals around the world and helps us raise donations through its processes.
100% AWARE Partners - Across the globe, PADI instructors and dive centers have committed to ocean protection through the 100% AWARE partnership. 100% AWARE partner take a stand for ocean protection by making a donation to Project AWARE on behalf of each student that they certify. Our 100% AWARE partners’ ongoing contributions provide  vital funds that  support Project AWARE’s work in our two core areas of focus: marine debris prevention and shark and ray protection. Please visit our 100% AWARE Map to learn more and locate our 100% AWARE partners around the globe. 

PADI Professional Members – Our partnership with PADI Professional Members around the world is essential in powering global conservation activities and programs. PADI Pros teach, lead and engage in local conservation. They match business goals with ocean protection initiatives. Project AWARE would not be able to achieve our goals and mission without their support. Visit the Action Zone to learn more about PADI Pros around the world who are supporting Project AWARE programs.

Seiko is proud to support Project AWARE’s work to create a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet.

Fourth Element supports environmental charities through the development and sales of clothing with a diving style. With every sale of one of the Project AWARE designs, Fourth Element donates $5 to help support our work.

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Baie Entertainment co. Ltd. - La Baie believes music and marine ecology are linked to create a better world. They are dedicated to spreading the love of the ocean through their music and proudly support Project AWARE’s mission through their music sales and media recognition. 

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