There is one compassionate organization that keeps the sport of diving descending amongst the beauty of the deep blue sea dive after dive.
Project Aware is the remarkable 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation that is splashing into its unprecedented 20th year of protecting, inspiring and involving the dive community to make our marine world continue to be a realm of magical and exquisite tomorrows.
Looking back on 2012, many ambitious triumphs were accomplished. More than 80,000 pounds of trash was removed from our oceans, the world's largest network of marine reserves was established in Australia, more than 120,000 signatures were gathered to try and protect the shark and the ray globally and one of the most exhilarating achievements was the ban on shark finning in the European Union. It was divers' determination and Project Aware that finished the year off on a high note.
That only means that 2013 will be even more of a challenge with a host of issues requiring attention and pursuit. Here are just a few of the items that will keep Project Aware busy:
It has been proven that rising levels of plastic waste on the Artic seafloor are a great cause for concern. Immediate policy attention is required and we must move forward to make a difference.
Let the statement resonate that 'Divers reduce, recycle and dive against debris'. This is something that we all must practice each time we dive.
Project Aware will continue to tackle with a commitment to the progress for shark and ray protection and measure the success that comes with the work.
In a world of global climate change, it is possible that heat resistant corals may provide clues to climate change survival. If species that can endure climate change can be found, that is the very first step to protecting them. It is time to reach out and begin the research.
These are all attainable goals with the help of the dive community. The Project Aware slogan continues to hold true 'Protecting our Ocean Planet - One Dive at a Time.' See what you can do to help to make a difference. Visit www.projectaware.org.
We can all do our part as ocean enthusiasts.