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Divers unite to highlight the urgent need to stop the Ugly Journey of Trash and set a new Guinness World Record Ocean pollution and the amount of plastic in the sea is an ever-growing talking point but unfortunately, it’s also an issue that continues to be too often ignored. In a bid to change the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude, Dixie Divers, a PADI® dive centre committed to making a difference, has found an inspiring way to highlight the urgent need to turn the tide on the plague of plastic in our ocean with a Guinness World Record. Supported by Project AWARE® and…

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A team of experienced divers from around the world have launched a campaign to clear lost and disused fishing nets – known as ghost nets – from the coral reefs in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago. Ghost nets, or ALDFG (abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear), include fishing nets, lines and traps which are left in the ocean and become entangled in rocks and reefs, ultimately killing fish and other marine life and suffocating coral.  “In 2009, the United Nations estimated that 640,000 tonnes of ghost gear were littering the world’s oceans,” said Marcelo Guimaraes, a marine biologist working for Awei Pila resort,…

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Every diver understands the draw of the ocean, and most crave the next dive just moments after exiting the water. It’s a beautiful wonderland, with incredible fauna and flora inhabitants. However, the oceans are in peril and there’s one offender at the forefront of these issues… plastic. Recent studies, carried out by University of Exeter, have confirmed that microplastics were found in the digestive systems of every every single turtle, whale, dolphin and seal they tested. Much of the plastic was believed to be pieces of fishing gear, fibres from clothing, broken down cigarette filters, and others. It’s heartbreaking to…

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Divers from across the United States and around the world are coming together in an attempt to break the world record for the largest underwater cleanup. More than 700 divers are expected to take part in the record attempt in Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA, on 15 June 2019. Sponsored by local dive centers, PADI® and Project AWARE®, the event brings together the local and international dive communities with dozens of teams including dive centers, clubs, university groups and members of the dive industry participating. Marine debris removed during the event will be recorded via Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris®, an underwater debris data-collection…

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Too many adults become complacent, unwilling to even imagine making sacrifices for their children and grandchildren — even though many changes required to bring emissions and warming under control would confer numerous benefits, from healthier diets to reduced pollution to greater employment and economic opportunities in clean energy.

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On April 29th, 2019, the Open University of the Netherlands will have the inaugural class of its newest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Marine Litter. The course will be available in all UN languages, making a global issue available to a global audience. The course content is tailored to the different regions of our planet. “The previous Marine Litter MOOC (provided for free and available in English and Spanish) attracted thousands of participants. Ocean pollution is a global issue, therefore the Leadership track of the MOOC is being made available in all UN languages and Portuguese. ‘We realize that…

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