Project AWARE has announced their latest initiative, Adopt a Dive Site, as part of their flagship citizen-science program, Dive Against Debris™. Adopt a Dive Site urges scuba diving leaders around the globe, dive instructors, dive centers and resorts – to engage in ongoing, local protection and monitoring of our underwater playgrounds.
Adopt a Dive Site is tailored to the global nonprofit organization’s most dedicated dive leaders: participants commit to carry out monthly Dive Against Debris surveys, reporting types and quantities of marine debris found underwater each month from the same location.
Project AWARE will provide Adopt a Dive Site participants with a full suite of new survey tools to help implement their actions, a yearly report on the state of participants’ local dive sites and recognition tools for dive centers, resorts and leaders to share their stewardship with local customers and community.
Adopt a Dive Site participants’ local, repeated surveys will help improve the health of ocean ecosystems. But more importantly, they will provide valuable, much-needed information about marine debris to help inform policy change.
“By targeting specific areas with repeat surveys, we’ll be able to further bridge the gap in knowledge of quantity and types of marine debris found under our ocean waves,” says Joanne Marston, Campaign Manager, Project AWARE.
“What’s more,” adds Joanne, “based on the data we receive, we’ll actively seek solutions to some of the localized waste management problems communities’ face. It’s the beginning of an exciting wave of change as we mobilize our passionate dive community to take ownership of the sites they frequent. Together our movement is leading ocean protection from the frontlines.”
Project AWARE is thrilled to welcome its new Adopt a Dive Site leaders, dive centers and resorts and kick off a new wave of stewardship. Together, Adopt a Dive Site participants will help build a strong and vibrant community of activists dedicated to the fight against marine debris. To learn more, visit www.projectaware.org/adoptadivesite.