Once again, on 24 and 25 October, Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) opened its doors to DIVE 2015, the UK's biggest annual event for scuba divers.
From raising awareness of the global marine debris crisis to rallying support for our Dive Against Debris citizen science programme, we had a fantastic weekend at DIVE 2015 doing what we do best: mobilizing the world's divers into a global force to protect the ocean - one dive at a time.
Project AWARE is excited to announce its newest Dive Against Debris Hero: Tim Latimer!
Tim’s journey into scuba diving wasn’t quite like most. In fact, he never really pursued diving in the first place! When he was in high school, faculty organized a trip to the Bahamas for the students – Tim was dying to go, but there was one small catch: students would be diving on the trip, and it was a requirement for any interested attendees to learn. Though he never had much interest in the sport, Tim reluctantly signed up for a scuba diving course and ended up loving it.
Every day, the scuba community sees firsthand the devastating impact of our trash underwater. And year-round, we’re taking action. From reporting marine debris data to protecting vulnerable marine species, scuba divers everywhere are joining forces to ensure that we’re working toward a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet.
A free online course aimed at increasing awareness of, and stimulating creative solutions to marine litter has opened for registration. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will begin on 26 October, 2015.
International explorer and 100% AWARE partner Paul Rose joined a Thames foreshore clean up on 30 September and called on Londoners to 'do the right thing' and make sure their rubbish goes in the bin, not in the river.
"What will you do to the protect the ocean?" That was the call from the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, earlier in the year. It's a call for collaboration. A call on governments, business leaders and individuals to work together and tackle the many problems our ocean faces.
Amazing prizes have been donated to Project AWARE for the Sport Diver 2015 Charity Auction in support of ocean protection and bidding is NOW OPEN!
Prizes up for grabs range from a fabulous 7-night accommodation package at the Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort including 10 dives for 2 people, generously donated by Ultimate Diving, to stunning jewelry donated by both Aquamarine and Reef Jewelry.
Ocean Conservancy today announced the global launch of Stemming the Tide: Land-based strategies for a plastic-free ocean – a first-of-its-kind, solutions-oriented report in partnership with the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment that outlines specific land-based solutions for plastic waste in the ocean, starting with the elimination of plastic waste leakage in five priority countries (China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand).
An international study led by a University of Queensland researcher has revealed more than half the world's sea turtles have ingested plastic or other human rubbish.
The study, led by Dr Qamar Schuyler from UQ's School of Biological Sciences, found the east coasts of Australia and North America, Southeast Asia, southern Africa, and Hawaii were particularly dangerous for turtles due to a combination of debris loads and high species diversity.
"The results indicate that approximately 52 per cent of turtles world-wide have eaten debris," Dr Schuyler said.
Experts from around the world are meeting in London today to launch the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), marking the start of an action plan to tackle the urgent problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear.
The GGGI, driven by World Animal Protection, has brought together leading experts, including the United Nations Environment Programme, the Marine Stewardship Council, Young’s Seafood Limited and Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery to share their knowledge and expertise to ensure safer, cleaner oceans.
The Internet erupted with praise in August when United Parcel Service tweeted that it would stop shipping shark fins. But the decision — after a petition to the delivery giant garnered 178,000 signatures — addressed just one of many concerns about the ecologically vital but often threatened marine species.
This July, Discovery Channel' s Shark Week returned bigger than ever before, making a splash as the highest-rated Shark Week in the event's 28 year history.
And because viewers can't get enough of all things shark, for the first time ever, Discovery is introducing "Shweekend", a special weekend of all-new Shark Week programming on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30.
Plastic pollution in the ocean is a growing problem. This study, which is the first to investigate the presence of plastic debris in large pelagic fish in the central Mediterranean Sea, found that over 18 per cent of fish had ingested plastics.
Marine litter, defined by the European Commission as any persistent manufactured or processed solid material discarded, disposed of or abandoned in the marine and coastal environment, is an escalating environmental problem, reports Science for Environmental Policy.