Project AWARE: Primary Partner in the Fight Against Marine Debris

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The Energy of Giving, Partnerships and Motion Led Conservation Actions for a Clear and Wholesome Ocean

By Katie Thompson, PADI International Director, Company Social Duty

Greater than 250 million tons of plastic are estimated to make its way into our ocean by 2025 prompting all of us to ask, how can we deal with this monumental international menace to each human and ocean well being in a approach that issues?

For nearly three many years, divers have been companions within the struggle towards marine particles, however since 2011, they've taken their actions for a particles free ocean to the subsequent degree by recording and reporting to Project AWARE® marine particles discovered on the ocean flooring.  Divers are including the distinctive underwater perspective to this international disaster by way of the AWARE Dive Against Debris® citizen science program and accumulating proof to tell measures that may cease the issue at supply.

How does the Dive Towards Particles® program assist create long-term change?

Undertaking AWARE works to scale back underwater impacts of marine particles and stop trash from getting into the ocean within the first place.

Undertaking AWARE acknowledges the facility of the diving group to affect change and doc what stays for the bigger public out of sight, out of thoughts. That’s why the flagship citizen science program, Dive Towards Particles® was developed – the primary and solely marine particles survey of its sort targeted on scuba divers reporting varieties and portions of particles discovered on the ocean flooring. The info reported by Dive Towards Particles volunteers, and shared on-line and offline by means of AWARE strategic partnerships, helps bridge the hole in information and construct convincing arguments to result in long-term options on the coverage degree.

Can one diver make a distinction within the struggle towards marine particles?

Sure, completely. The Dive Towards Particles surveys submitted by divers all over the world, on-line or by way of the devoted App, into Venture AWARE’s international dataset have a cumulative impact. Each survey counts. A number of the main successes of the Dive Towards Particles program consists of:  

  • Offering quantitative knowledge, and an correct perspective about underwater marine particles, that policy-makers merely can't ignore
  • Supporting a worldwide group of particles activists who've reported and aided over 11,289 entangled or lifeless marine animals
  • Constructing a military of citizen science divers specialised in seafloor particles monitoring and reporting to deal with knowledge gaps
  • Empowering 1,607 Dive Towards Particles Instructors who educated over 2,449 college students on the threats of marine particles and how you can take motion to struggle it

How does my buy with PADI help Undertaking AWARE?

When PADI divers, such as you, donate to Challenge AWARE – whether or not it’s by means of selecting to obtain the PADI AWARE limited edition diver certification card, fundraising or including a donation to your PADI Gear purchasing cart, your donation goes towards defending what you're keen on: the ocean.

The funds are utilized by Venture AWARE to develop packages and campaigns aimed toward educating and interesting the worldwide dive group in ocean conservation actions and programs that result in change. As a non-profit and civil society, Challenge AWARE has a seat on the international coverage desk and works to characterize the worldwide voice of the dive group and business to safe conservation wins that assist restore stability between humanity and nature. Donations from people and companions, like PADI, are important to making sure that the ocean has a voice.

How does Challenge AWARE and PADI work collectively to drive conservation outcomes? 

Challenge AWARE and PADI share a wealthy partnership that spans over 28 years, constructing a very distinctive alliance for cover of the marine setting. Up to now, with lively help from the PADI Group, Challenge AWARE has pushed over 218,000 conservation actions in over 182 nations creating actual and measurable impression for the ocean. Main achievements embrace main on securing worldwide safety for probably the most weak shark and ray species and the event of the largest database of seafloor debris in the world.

PADI acknowledges that each dive is a chance to gather very important knowledge that can be utilized to create future safety measures for the ocean. We're dedicated to our ongoing relationship with Venture AWARE – our main companion in marine conservation. Together with your help, collectively we'll proceed to develop new conservation packages and increase existing courses to make sure that we're creating alternatives through which divers can take motion. By providing efficient pathways to citizen science by way of actions that protect underwater habitats and biodiversity very important to human and planetary well being, we may help the native communities the place we dive. 

Collectively, we're dedicated to talking up for the ocean and taking native motion for international influence.

Each motion, each dive, each donation counts.

Header photograph credit score: Florian Allgaeuer 
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