Project AWARE's Dive Against Debris Removes 1 Million Pieces of Ocean Trash

We're very happy to announce that GGGI participant Project AWARE®'s Dive Against Debris® global citizen science survey in which scuba divers around the world remove and report marine litter has reached a huge milestone, having removed one million items of trash from the ocean.  

The #OneMillionLess milestone was announced by Project AWARE®, a global non-profit organization working to create positive change for the ocean through community action. As part of Dive Against Debris®, a global marine debris survey launched in 2011, 49,188 divers from 114 countries have taken part in an effort both to clean up the ocean and build evidence to shine a light on the global marine litter crisis, of which ghost fishing gear is a significant part.

Recreational and professional divers have retrieved objects varying from sunbeds to batteries and shoes, as well as vast quantities of plastic bags, cutlery and bottles and of course large quantities of ghost gear. The data collected captures essential information for scientists to estimate debris that has sunk to the seafloor. It also supports work to find solutions to save vulnerable marine life and ensure the future of a clean and healthy ocean.

Project AWARE, hailed the engagement and dedication of divers globally in highlighting the issue as well making a huge contribution to clean up marine trash and save wildlife.  Danna Moore, Director, Project AWARE said “Divers dive because they have a deep love for the ocean and the life it supports. They are, more than any of us, confronted daily with the damage that human activity is having on marine life. We have an army of activists out there working to change things, and we salute every one of them on this amazing achievement”. We at GGGI second that sentiment!

Project AWARE is asking divers to remove and report one million more pieces of rubbish by end of 2020 and help highlight the true extent of the marine debris problem.

Key Statistics on Dive Against Debris:

One million pieces of rubbish removed and reported since 2011

  • 49,188 - Scuba divers

  • 5,351 - Surveys

  • 114 - Countries around the world

  • 5,597 - Entangled or dead animals

  • 64% - Plastic waste

307,064 kgs / 676,959lbs - Total weight