Debris from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011 could reach the United States as early as this winter, according to predictions by NOAA scientists. However, they warn there is still a large amount of uncertainty over exactly what is still floating, where it's located, where it will go, and when it will arrive. Responders now have a challenging, if not impossible situation on their hands: How do you deal with debris that could now impact U.S. shores, but is difficult to find?
When we step back and think about how much we have achieved this year, we realise that none of it would have been possible without support and dedication from you and the awe inspiring diving community.
We are so grateful for your commitment to saving the ocean planet, and on behalf of all of us, the Board of Directors, Project AWARE staff and of course the ocean we are working to protect, a big THANK YOU.
Throughout the last year, working side by side with you, we have:
On December 04th, Just Add Water, a PADI 5-Star IDC located in Willoughby, Ohio, held a Holiday Season Party to thank all their staff and customers for their support and dedication not only to their local dive store but ocean conservation.
The party was the perfect opportunity to announce the winners of the 1% Challenge and AWARE Certification Cards Contest launched by Just Add Water in early 2011. In total, Just Add Water donated prizes valued at more than $600 and raised a whooping $1650 for Project AWARE.
For the past few months, we’ve observed how the new Dive Against Debris program is fairing with you, our fearless AWARE divers. We’ve been asking questions about the underwater data you reported and surveying divers to ultimately improve the program.
Fourth Element have teamed up with Project AWARE to create some funky new T-shirts that will not only show off your passion for life in the water but will also show off your support for all that lives in the water too.
Fourth Element’s love and passion for protecting the ocean came from years of diving and being inspired by what they saw beneath the sea. That inspiration led to the desire to protect the source of their and all divers enjoyment.
Pledge your ongoing commitment to ocean protection and go 100% AWARE in 2012.
Project AWARE is launching a new partnership programme to help PADI Dive Centres integrate ocean protection priorities into their business and fund critical conservation initiatives at the same time.
Beginning January 2012, dive centres and resorts taking part in the programme will ensure all of their student divers receive the Project AWARE version of their PADI certification card.
100% AWARE donations will target protection for the world’s m MORE
Oceans Day 2011 addressed several issues related to marine biodiversity, including the ecosystem approach, payment for ecosystem services (PES), invasive marine species, ocean acidification, coral bleaching and fish stocks depletion.
A researcher’s perspective by Christine Ward-Paige
As a scuba diver and marine biologist, my research uses scuba divers observations from around the world as a non-destructive way of gathering information on shark and ray populations (www.eShark.org). Recently, we assessed the value of such observations for analyzing trends in shark abundance and distribution.
As part of the celebration of World Oceans Day 2011, Calypso Diving Resort in the Philippines launched an exciting Shark Protection Donations Programme. Since June 08th 2011, every ocean dive their student divers and customers do, Calypso Diving makes a donation in support of Project AWARE’s shark conservation initiatives. So in short, the more you dive with Calypso Diving the more donations AWARE receives towards giving sharks a fighting chance!
Large scale "geoengineering" solutions to climate change will not reverse rising acidity in the oceans which damages marine life, conservationists have warned.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) issued a call at the UN climate talks in Durban for countries to urgently address the issue of ocean acidification, caused by greater levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Divers from around the world are joining together in a call to protect the Coral Sea. The Coral Sea is one of the last remaining places on earth where large marine animals are still found in great numbers, yet less than one percent of the Coral Sea is currently protected from extractive industries.
Many people are running marathons or taking part in sports challenge events for a charity but when scuba divers swap their fins for a pair of trainers, their passion for the underwater world turns their personal challenge into a triumph for marine conservation.
On Sunday, 16th October, Arlette Diederiks from the Netherlands ran a half marathon in aid of Project AWARE's new Dive Against Debris programme. Her efforts raised more than $1740.