Through Partnerships Against Trash, we work with businesses, NGOs and governments to advocate for long-term solutions and influence waste management policies at local, national and international levels.
But global change is also empowered by grassroots action. That’s why we developed our flagship citizen science program, Dive Against Debris®, the first and only marine debris survey of its kind focused on scuba divers reporting types and quantities of debris found on the ocean floor. By using and sharing the data reported by Dive Against Debris volunteers, online and through our partnerships, we're helping bridge the gap in knowledge and build convincing arguments to lead to change.
Moreover, our most dedicated Dive Against Debris leaders across the globe are taking their commitment to the fight against ocean trash to the next level through Adopt a Dive Site™. Adopt a Dive Site participants’ local, repeated marine debris surveys help improve the health of ocean ecosystems, but more importantly, they provide valuable, much-needed information about marine debris to help inform policy change.
So far, we have:
Created the most comprehensive underwater dataset of marine debris in the world
Supported a global community of debris activists who have reported and aided over 5,597 entangled or dead marine animals
Developed a unique global citizen science specialty course Dive Against Debris® to address data gap of marine debris from the seafloor
Empowered 1,607 Dive Against Debris Instructors who educated over 2,449 students on the threats of marine debris and how to take action to fight it
More than 50,000 community members in over 114 countries have removed over 1.3 million debris items from the ocean - That’s over #OneMillionLess pieces of debris no longer wreaking havoc on marine life and fragile underwater habitats!
- In 2019, we are taking a stronger stand against debris in the ocean to increase participation in Dive Against Debris and as a result, reach next million pieces of debris reported to our global dataset by the end of 2020, but #NextMillion2020, can't happen without you!
Project AWARE’s conservation strategy for a return to a Clean and Healthy Ocean, including programs like Dive Against Debris®, is in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a number of target areas. This interactive infographic highlights those areas and Project AWARE’s commitment to supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are committed to working towards supporting the implementation of the SDGs and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
If you’re a certified diver, you can collect and report important data. Through Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris, remove marine debris on your dive and report the results. Together we make the ocean safer for marine life, and more importantly, the information you report helps inform policy change. With your help, Project AWARE can use the information you report through Dive Against Debris to convince individuals, governments and businesses to act against marine debris.