September's Debris Month of Action Tackled the Ocean's Silent Killer
The month-long rally inspired underwater action across the globe, urging thousands of volunteers to reveal the ugly reality lurking beneath the surface. Plastic, cigarette butts, fishing gear and an astounding array of discarded items are choking our ocean planet.
Throughout September, divers exposed and removed bizarre items from teddy bears to washing machines and were careful to report their discoveries to Project AWARE in an effort to fight back against the onslaught of underwater marine debris.
The data collected and reported by volunteer divers during Debris Month of Action and year-round, will help inform, influence and empower policy makers and stakeholders to establish and improve vital integrated solid waste management practices.
Since January 2012 a staggering 36,195 kg/76,796 lbs of marine debris has been removed, and new reports trickle in daily.
Project AWARE deeply thanks the leaders and volunteers that continue to join forces and make their dives count by conducting Dive Against Debris surveys.
Want to keep up the momentum and join the fight against trash in our ocean? Create a Dive Against Debris action now.
Are you ready to join a dive team? Head to the Action Zone Map to find local actions and dive buddies taking action for the ocean near you.