Project AWARE launched the Dive against Debris app in 2011 and it has now grown tremendously since its initiation by uniting divers in over 60 countries with the goal of reporting and removing marine debris. If you’re a diver and passionate about the wonderful and amazingly mysterious ocean, you should definitely add the Project AWARE: Dive against Debris app to your smartphone. By removing the trash from the ocean, you will not only improve the ecological health of the ocean, but also lend your support to a growing movement of debris activists across the world.
With the launch of the Dive against Debris app, Scuba divers have gained a solid platform on which to learn more about the devastating impacts of trash and marine debris on human health, sea life and national economies. For majority of people, marine debris is not an issue of major concern. The unwanted plastic that floats in the ocean is something that is not bothered with because they do not come into contact with the ocean that often. So, for them marine debris quickly becomes an out-of-sight, out-of-mind issue. Scuba divers, however, come in to contact with the ocean frequently and have the potential to bring the information regarding the ecological health of the sea forward more easily.
The Dive against Debris app has been developed for both iOS and Android to help users document their dives and the debris, plastic and trash that they remove. The app allows these citizen scientists to submit data regarding the debris items that they remove include any relevant pictures with their submission and add dive site’s longitude and latitude information easily. The submission of this detailed information, from scuba divers all over the world, on the removal of debris from oceans at various locations helps scientists and researchers to address the global marine debris crisis.
The Dive against Debris app is available for download on both iOS and Android.