September's Debris Month of Action saw thousands of divers across the world gear up and dive in to remove dangerous rubbish, nets, fishing traps and household waste from our ocean.
On the island of Phuket, Thailand, new records in the fight against debris were smashed on 30th September. Over 650 AWARE divers and beach cleaners took part in the biggest Dive Against Debris event in the world with PADI dive centers working together as part of a recently formed group called Go Eco Phuket.
The volunteers removed approximately 15 tons of rubbish including a massive discarded fishing net that weighed 4.5 tons. Go Eco Phuket now hope to continue with regular Dive Against Debris surveys as part of their local actions. Thank you to everyone involved in this event and other Debris Month of Action initiatives worldwide this September.
During this year alone, Project AWARE divers and supporters have removed 28,751 kilograms of trash during Dive Against Debris activities. It’s the only global survey of its kind recording debris found solely underwater. You can Dive Against Debris every time you dive or lead an effort locally. Read the Dive Against Debris Survey Guide on www.projectaware.org and be part of the global solution for a clean, healthy ocean.