DOMINO'S BLOG: Dive Against Debris
In an effort to make Dive Against DebrisT, Project AWARE's flagship citizen-science programme, easier and more accessible to divers of all different locations and nationalities, we've expanded the programme resources to include more than 12 different languages. Divers across the globe can now remove, record and report debris in the language of their choice. Since the programme's launch in 2011, more than 25,000 divers have participated in Dive Against DebrisT reporting over 550,000 pieces of marine debris. With new and updated Dive Against DebrisT translated tools and resources, we're hoping that this citizen-science programme will empower more divers to take action in their local communities and at their favourite dive sites.
With our underwater skill set, we are uniquely positioned to shine a light on what we see beneath the waves - the negative impacts of underwater debris on ocean ecosystems and wildlife. As the only underwater debris data collection programme of its kind, Dive Against DebrisT both improves the health of ocean ecosystems through localised volunteer efforts and provides valuable information about underwater debris to help inform policy change and support Project AWARE's global Marine Debris Programme. The data collected through your Dive Against DebrisT year-round surveys allow us to work with alliance partners at international conferences, ensuring that marine debris remains at the top of the political agenda. By collaborating with governments, NGOs, businesses and individual volunteers across the globe, we're committed to finding long-term, measurable solutions to stop marine debris at its source. Join the fight against marine debris by giving your dives some added purpose - grab your mesh bag, scuba gear and a data card in the language of your choice. Take a giant stride and Dive Against DebrisT.