AWARE Week 2019 will strive to build bridges between community action and policy change by encouraging the global dive community to submit Dive Against Debris® data to help paint an accurate picture of the marine debris issue.
Through Dive Against Debris, volunteer divers’ surveys capture quantitative data specific to marine debris found on the seabed yielding insight on the effects and extent to which our everyday trash is infiltrating the marine environment.
Although it’s believed that over 70% of marine debris that enters the ocean ends up on the seafloor, little quantitative information is available regarding the types and quantities of this rubbish. Dive Against Debris data aims to fill this gap – providing quantitative data, and an accurate perspective about underwater marine debris, that policy-makers simply cannot ignore.
Data submitted this Earth Day, during AWARE Week and year-round goes towards reaching our ambitious goals to reach our next million pieces of debris reported by the end of 2020.
Save the date and start with a pledge to make #EveryDiveaSurveyDive in 2019 and beyond!
Our island’s subaquatic life is one of the many things that sets our island apart from the others in the Caribbean. So, it is of immense importance that we all work together as a sustainable community to conserve our ocean. The commitment of the Dive Task Force to the Dive Against Debris and Adopt a Dive Site Initiative is the first step for sustaining and spreading awareness of our island’s ocean life. With the assistance and teamwork of the entire community I am certain that we can make this initiative bigger, create a sustainable change and provide the upcoming generation a healthier ecological marine life.
Mr. Miles Mercera, CHATA CEO