Organizations We Support
Marine debris is not only unsightly, it’s dangerous to sea life, hazardous to human health, and costly to our economies. Marine animals become entangled in debris, and even mistake it for food - often with fatal results. Divers, swimmers and beach goers can be directly harmed by encounters with marine debris or its toxins. The environmental damage caused by plastic debris alone is estimated at US$13 billion a year (www.projectaware.org).
Starting as an environmental ethic project initiated by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI®) in the late 80’s, Project AWARE Foundation grew to become an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1992. Project AWARE connects the passion for ocean adventure with the purpose of marine conservation. Their vision? The return to a clean, healthy ocean. Project AWARE works to reduce underwater impacts of marine debris and prevent trash from entering the ocean in the first place. Learn More.