Our ocean is under siege. From everyday trash like plastic bags, food wrappers and drink bottles, to larger items like car batteries, kitchen appliances and fishing nets, our debris is entering the sea at an alarming rate. Our ocean has become a dumping ground. Marine debris is not only unsightly, it’s dangerous to sea life, hazardous to human health, and costly to our economies. Marine animals can become entangled in debris or mistake small particles of trash for food – often with fatal results. Divers, swimmers and beachgoers can be directly harmed by encounters with debris or its toxins. And, the costs of plastic debris to marine ecosystems are estimated at 13 billion dollars a year. The ocean is fighting for its life but there's hope.
The Solution Offered by Project AWARE
Project AWARE Foundation mobilizes the world’s divers into a global force to protect our ocean planet – one dive at a time. Your purchase will help prevent and reduce marine debris by directly supporting Project AWARE’s flagship Dive Against Debris program. Through Dive Against Debris, volunteers remove and report undersea litter collected while diving and gather data for reports. These actions help make the ocean safer for marine life, and more importantly, inform policy change. With your help, Project AWARE can use the information reported through Dive Against Debris to convince individuals, governments and businesses to act against marine debris. Together, we can work towards a clean, healthy ocean planet.