Recently, on World Oceans Day 2011, Project AWARE unveiled their focused movement of divers by combining local efforts around the world. This movement was called Dive Against Debris, and is now a year-round debris removal and data collection effort to help reduce the devastating impacts of marine debris during each dive. Every collection process provides AWARE divers with tools and resources--including online information reporting systems--to help protect and gather key data about the state of our oceans. Divers around the world now have access to information about how to specifically organize and promote dives to remove debris and ways to report results; it allows divers make each dive a meaningful data collection event. Through promotion of these events, more dive operators from around the world are drawn to participate. Whereas divers were once steered away from areas where debris had collected, it is now a prime destination under the Dive Against Debris banner.
Divers no longer just remove trash; they are on a mission to help change waste management policies. Each dive helps collect underwater data that gives a true picture of marine debris issues. Currently in over 180 countries, the AWARE dive community is reporting all the underwater debris being found and removed. Divers are not only contributing to ocean conservation, they are helping to connect what is done underwater with shaping ocean policy changes. They are proud ‘protecting our oceans--one dive at a time.'