Project AWARE’s flagship citizen-science program, Dive Against Debris®, empowers scuba divers to remove marine debris from the ocean and report data on the types, quantities and locations of materials collected.
Since the program’s launch in 2011, more than 50,000 divers have participated in Dive Against Debris in 114 countries around the world, reporting over 1 million pieces of trash. As the only underwater debris data collection program of its kind, Dive Against Debris both improves the health of ocean ecosystems through localized volunteer efforts and provides valuable information about underwater debris to help inform policy change.
Our next goal: Add our next million pieces of debris to the global Dive Against Debris dataset by the end of 2020 to mobilize local communities and continue to build evidence of the scale of the global marine debris crisis. Be part of the #NextMillion2020!
Discover the types and amounts of debris scuba divers around the world have removed and reported from underwater environments since 2011.
Ready to make every dive a survey dive for a clean ocean? Here’s how to get started:
This kit includes essential materials to successfully complete a Dive Against Debris survey. Become familiar with critical data collection protocols before diving in.
This step is essential! Once reported, your Dive Against Debris data enters a global database to help support the development and implementation of policies to improve solid waste management, locally and globally. You can also report your data via your smartphone. Download the free Dive Against Debris app from Google Play or iTunes and turn your phone into a tool for conservation.
Do you have questions? Read our Dive Against Debris® App Frequently Asked Questions.
Tell us what you’re doing to fight trash. Post photos, videos and share stories on My Ocean, Project AWARE’s global, online community for ocean protection.
Have you read the guide but need a buddy or like-minded group to dive in with? Search the Action Map to find a Dive Against Debris near you.
Are you a dive instructor, dive center or resort who wants to take your Dive Against Debris survey efforts to the next level? Adopt a Dive Site™ to protect your favorite dive local from the onslaught of ocean trash!