Project AWARE – Where conservation meets adventure
As divers, our adventures above and below water, fins on and off, allow us to see what others often don’t – bringing to the surface what’s beneath the waves. We experience first-hand how quickly overfishing and pollution can alter underwater life, irreversibly damaging ecosystems that are critical to marine health.
Project AWARE® is a global movement for ocean protection powered by a community of adventurers who aim to connect the passion for ocean adventure with the purpose of marine conservation.
The organisation takes action to create both local and global change for the ocean and the communities who depend on it, working for a clean, healthy ocean.
Marine debris is not only unsightly, it’s dangerous to sea life, hazardous to human health, and costly to our economies. Project AWARE works to reduce underwater impacts of marine debris and prevent trash from entering the ocean in the first place.
Through their Partnerships Against Trash, they work with businesses, NGOs and governments to advocate for long-term solutions and influence waste management policies at local, national and international levels.
At a grassroots level, they have developed a Dive Against Debris® program, 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.
In addition, Dive Against Debris leaders are taking their commitment to the fight against ocean trash to the next level through Adopt a Dive Site™. Adopt a Dive Site participants’ 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.
Of the 1000-plus known shark and ray species globally, nearly one-quarter are classified as ‘Threatened with Extinction’. Yet, fishing continues largely unregulated in most of the world’s ocean. The future of sharks and rays – and the health of our ocean planet – hinges on keeping fishing and trade at sustainable levels.
Project AWARE® works with various partners to use the power of international conservation agreements and management regulations for change.
They call for national, regional and global management as well as conservation actions that heed all available scientific advice for limiting shark catches. They advocate for the full protection of shark species listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered by the IUCN and for the establishment of precautionary shark fishing limits and regulations to ensure all sharks are landed with their fins naturally attached.
Take action or become involved in one of the campaigns run by Project AWARE®