September’s Debris Month of Action was a month chock full of underwater cleanup and data reporting activity. To date, more than 130 committed AWARE leaders reported data from the underwater trash they found last month. In total, data was reported from 160 Dive Against Debris surveys held at 90 locations around the world.
Last month, we kicked off the Debris Month of Action with a marine debris photo contest. We asked scuba divers and Dive Against Debris volunteers to photograph the weirdest and wildest trash they found underwater.
Crystal Dive Resort is at the forefront of marine conservation and education in Thailand. From mooring buoys installation and Dive Against Debris activities, to coral reef monitoring, artificial reefs and community projects, the team at Crystal Dive is always busy helping to ensure their local marine ecosystems remain healthy and vibrant.
On Saturday 9th July Sub-Mission Dive Club in the UK organised a charity Fin-athon called Fin4Finning. Divers were targeted with completing 100,000,000 millimetres in mask and fins collectively, swimming from 8 am until 10 pm.
Celebrating Heron Island as one of Australia’s premier dive destinations, the 2011 Heron Island Dive Festival took divers on an underwater adventure during the week of 05 - 11 September. Diving industry leaders and renowned dive speakers were at the festival to talk about a variety of topics. David Roe, Project AWARE Marine Conservation Officer, who attended the festival, reports on this great and well-attended event:
A new NOAA report of data collected in 2005 will help the agency’s scientists better monitor progress in reducing bycatch – the non-target fish, marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds caught incidentally in fishing.
As the annual meeting of Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organizations (NAFO) begins today in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Project AWARE, Shark Advocates International, and other like-minded NGOs have asked for science based catch limits on threatened thorny skates.
No one knows for sure but scientists think over six million tons of marine debris may be entering our ocean every year. One of the reasons Project AWARE is collecting marine debris data from divers is to help build a clear picture of the underwater trash that threatens ocean life. With this knowledge, we can make more effective decisions when it comes to waste management policies.
Where do you think your rubbish ends up? The Museum of Design in Zurich, Switzerland knows it ends up in our oceans. So they are calling on Dive Against Debris volunteer divers to contribute to an exhibition: The Plastic Garbage Project.
The Museum of Design wants the plastic divers find underwater to present facts about plastic pollution in an illustrative way at their upcoming exhibition, which will be shown from July 4th to September 2nd 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland.
It’s the only pirate ship discovered in the Caribbean and it’s the site of Dive Against Debris this Saturday, September 17th. The Captain Kidd's 1699 Quedagh Merchant shipwreck located offshore Isla Catalina in the Dominican Republic continues to see its share of marine debris. The constant flow of our trash from the nearby river threatens this irreplaceable historical and biological treasure that rests among an endangered Elkhorn coral habitat.