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Divers Exploring

Focusing on the critical issues of Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, Project AWARE empowers thousands of divers in more than 182 countries to work together for a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet.

Marine Debris

Project AWARE fights for the prevention and reduction of marine debris. Whether reporting marine debris data through Dive Against Debris® or advocating for long-term policy change, you can make a difference! Learn more about how Project AWARE works on a local and global scale to stop trash from entering the ocean.

Sharks & Rays

Overfishing, bycatch and finning are threatening shark and ray populations across the globe, with the survival of many species at high risk of extinction. Thankfully, divers are some of sharks and rays’ closest allies. Together, Project AWARE divers around the globe are creating a powerful, collective voice for grassroots change, securing stronger safeguards for many shark and ray species.


My Ocean is a growing community of ocean activists. We remove debris, we fundraise, we speak out for sharks and rays and we mobilize our local communities. The fight for the ocean starts with you! Take your local conservation actions to a whole new level and connect with other like-minded supporters around the world. .


Scuba divers and ocean advocates across the globe are taking a stand for ocean conservation – fins on and off. Through Dive Against Debris® surveys, Finathon® fundraisers and a variety of eco-actions, we are making progress toward our vision: a return to a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet. Project AWARE’s work wouldn’t be possible without the groundswell of support from our community of dedicated ocean protectors. These are their stories.

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