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What's Dive Towards Particles?
Dive Against Debris is AWARE’s flagship citizen-science program, empowering scuba divers to take away marine particles from the ocean and report knowledge on the kinds, portions, and places of supplies collected.
Because the solely underwater particles knowledge assortment program of its variety, Dive Towards Particles each improves the well being of ocean ecosystems by way of localized volunteer efforts and supplies useful details about underwater particles to assist inform coverage change.
What situation is it tackling?
It's thought that ~70% of all particles and ~94% of plastics getting into the ocean sinks to the seafloor. Nevertheless, there have been gaps on this knowledge relating to seafloor marine particles – a niche that scuba divers are completely positioned to fill!
That’s why we've developed an outlined survey protocol and knowledge reporting course of so each scuba diver can turn out to be a citizen scientist and contribute to the most important international underwater particles database.
Why is it essential?
Because the program’s launch in 2011, greater than 86,000 divers have participated in Dive Towards Particles in 120 nations around the globe, reporting over 1.eight million items of trash, highlighting geographical distribution, hotspots, modifications which have occurred over time and marine animal entanglement.
By eradicating particles that has entered the marine surroundings, Undertaking AWARE is contributing to the general improved well being and resilience of ecosystems.
Venture AWARE is constructing an more and more complete GLOBAL dataset that can be utilized to assist inform efficient PREVENTION measures to cease additional particles getting into the ocean… and thus serving to to scale back ecosystem degradation.
Via Dive Towards Particles®, Challenge AWARE has knowledge relating to the kinds of particles gadgets discovered within the marine setting in addition to debris-free websites which can be utilized to spotlight the place administration must be prioritized.
How does Dive Towards Particles help marine analysis?
In collaboration with Ocean Conservancy (largest international dataset of seashore particles) and CSIRO (Commonwealth of Scientific and Industrial Analysis Group – world leaders in marine particles analysis), we devised the primary quantitative evaluation of worldwide marine particles type land and sea sources: A global assessment of the relationship between anthropogenic debris on land and the seafloor (click on to open).
A second paper is deliberate to think about the socio-economic results on international hotspots of widespread particles gadgets on land and the seafloor. This large contribution will inform future coverage options on this vital ocean menace – and has been all attainable due to the efforts of scuba divers.
How can divers become involved?
As soon as reported, your Dive Towards Particles knowledge enters a worldwide database to assist help the event and implementation of insurance policies to enhance strong waste administration, regionally and globally. You can even report your knowledge by way of your smartphone.
Download the free Dive Against Debris app from Google Play or iTunes and switch your telephone right into a software for conservation.