Project AWARE Foundation
Rating: 4.85 stars 27 reviews
Issues: Environment, Philanthropy, Water
Location: 30151 Tomas St Rancho Santa Margarita CA 92688 USA
Results: From supporting grass roots Ocean Action Projects to stopping marine debris via your Dive Against Debris surveys and securing shark conservation measures globally, Project AWARE is at the forefront of marine protection. What’s more, Project AWARE supports divers with the tools and resources to join in campaigns and activities that contribute to advancing the health of the ocean for future generations. We’ve removed millions of cigarette butts from the ocean floor and way too many toilets to mention. We’ve rescued hundreds of entangled sea turtles, dolphins and sharks – one by one - setting them free from discarded fishing gear. We’ve pounded the pavement and flooded the halls of local governments, insisting on better protections for manta rays, hammerheads and sawfish. We’ve made history by helping create one of the world's largest marine reserve in Australia. On the front lines, partnering with ocean heroes in all corners of the globe, we work every day to make the ocean healthier, more alive.
Target demographics: protect the ocean and the communities who depend on it
Direct beneficiaries per year: remove over 95,000 lbs of devastating debris from underwater environments.
Geographic areas served: more than 180 countries
Programs: We’re focused on two major ocean issues –Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, or trash in our ocean. Truly, there are many conservation issues converging on our ocean planet at once, but we’re concentrating on these serious problems where scuba divers are uniquely positioned to directly and positively affect real, long-term change in these two areas.
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As a volunteer and donor - I have personally had the opportunity to help on several projects co-ordinated by Project Aware such as Underwater Clean-ups (Earth Day in particular), and through the dive centre Sunshine Divers on Koh Tao - Thailand. We conduct Monthly Clean Up dives and Beach Clean-ups where we then submit the the quantity and type of Marine Debri on the Project Aware - My Oceans Page - all data is kept to see how much debri has been removed from our Oceans. We have also created awareness through the Project Aware Specialty program "Shark Conservation Awareness" and through this have raised money by our Swim for Sharks" on Koh Tao which is then donated to Project Aware in our efforts to protect the Sharks and create further awareness.
Project Aware has been a huge support to Koh Tao where they helped fund the island organization Save Koh Tao, so that more garbage bins were located on the island to prevent waste going into the ocean.
Through the 100% AWARE donation by divers on completion of their PADI Certification, it has enabled us to teach divers more about protecting the reef through their interactions underwater - expressing how important it is to have good buoyancy techniques to avoid damaging the corals and aquatic marine life and also on what type of debri should be removed from the ocean during clean ups.
Project Aware has provided the foundation for both divers and non-divers to learn more on how to conserve our environment. A huge thank you to Project Aware for their dedication and complete support to both individuals and dive centers - worldwide.
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