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.
This month, we’re celebrating the Debris Month of Action and we’re kicking things off with a marine debris photo contest. We want to know what kind of debris you find when you dive. What better way to show us than with a photo!
Last Sunday, to kick off Debris Month of Action, PADI and Project AWARE staff from the Bristol office in the UK organized a Dive Against Debris event in collaboration with West Country Divers in Swanage.
What a lively and inspiring evening! If you missed out on the excitement last Saturday, 12th November, Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Project AWARE's Artisans of the Sea event was buzzing when three amazing marine artists stole the show.
Wyland, Rogest and Blu Rivard, not only spoke about their personal involvement in ocean protection and their passion and support for Project AWARE Foundation, the artists also donated artwork for a silent auction in support of Project AWARE's conservation campaigns.
On Monday 21st November 2011, Project AWARE together with other Shark Alliance member groups enthusiastically welcomed the long-awaited proposal from the European Commission to close the loopholes in the European Union’s ban on shark finning, the wasteful practice of slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea.
The proposal if adopted by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers would ensure that all sharks taken by EU vessels or in EU waters are landed with their fins still naturally attached to their bodies.
Blue Season Bali (BSB) has long supported Project AWARE. From implementing beach cleanups to running AWARE Specialty courses, the team has never hesitated when it comes to doing their bit for the environment.
But recently the BSB gang have upped the ante and in 2012 they will launch their new Eco Internship program and take eco diving to a whole new level.
Action Scuba Montreal has become the first Canadian scuba diving centre to introduce the new 100% AWARE program from the Project AWARE Foundation, further strengthening the dive centre’s ongoing commitment to global environmental conservation activities.
We couldn’t be more inspired. Passionate diver, shark lover and competitive runner, Kendra Bolt, loves a challenge. This year, she’s combined her passions by establishing Project AWARE as a Charity Partner for the ING New York City Marathon in November 2012. Kendra will lead the Project AWARE team to train and raise funds for the ocean and we can’t wait to see them cross the finish line!
"I love sharks but the fight for their protection isn't just an emotional one. It's logical, it's empirical, and it's extremely important," says Bolt.
Very few children on the island of Gili Trawangan, Indonesia, know how to swim despite growing up on the tiny island paradise. This World Ocean Day, Trawangan Dive and the Gili Island Divers Association will give local children the skills they need to swim, float and snorkel as well as protect the ocean for future generations. Collectively about 300 local children will cover 7kms which is also the distance from Gili Trawangan to Lombok.
The clock’s ticking for vanishing shark species and now is the time to join the race to protect them. It's inspiring to catch up with Finathon Champion and PADI Course Director Katy Bloor. Katy held a super successful Finathon at Sub-Mission Dive Centre, UK where over 70 divers put on their fins in protest against shark finning and swam 100 kilometers to raise funds for Project AWARE’s shark campaign.