What did volunteer divers find during Debris Month of Action? More than 38,680 debris items including 3,935 plastic beverage bottles, 2,152 cigarette filters, and 2,363 cigar tips. Shocking? Wait until we tell you what the most bizarre and unusual discovery was: a “makeshift toilet” found in the murky depths of the Sheffield Canal in the UK.
Last year five incredible Ocean Action Projects were put into motion after you voted for the conservation projects you believed would make a real impact. From shark and manta ray protection to cleaning up the ocean from the growing onslaught of trash, follow the Ocean Action journey as these projects go from strength to strength.
Debris Month of Action has seen divers all around the world taking the plunge to fight back against trash in the ocean and Dive Against Debris. Last weekend Hannah Pragnell-Raasch, Program and Outreach Coordinator, Project AWARE Foundation was lucky enough to join Dive 2000 and Mosman Council in their Dive Against Debris in Sydney, Australia.
Thank you to thousands of volunteers who rallied together with Project AWARE during September’s Debris Month of Action! With a united mission to combat the growing marine debris problem, more than 17,000 lbs/7500 kgs of debris was removed and reported from underwater environments around the globe.
Spotting a whale shark is a dream for many divers. Divemaster Daniel Zapata and the Solmar V crew were ecstatic at the recent sighting a 35 foot whale shark. But their happiness soon turned to sadness when they saw a huge line wrapped around the pregnant whale shark cutting into her skin and threatening her life.