Project Aware: Dive Against Debris App
Marine debris, including plastics and other trash which end up in the ocean, is becoming all too prevalent on our favorite dive sites, even in the most remote of locations. It is estimated that more than 250 million tons of plastics will be making their way into our ocean by 2025.
Projects Aware has come out with a new Dive Against Debris app which enables scuba divers around the world to record levels of marine debris. Everyday trash is entering the sea at an alarming rate and as scuba divers we are on the front lines in the fight against ocean trash.
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To participate you will first need to read the Project Aware Dive Against Debris guidelines. You can find all this information in the Dive Against Debris survey toolkit.
This comprehensive guide will get your familiar with the problem of marine debris and common debris items. It will also go through steps for selecting the ideal dive site, planning your dive and the methods you will use to weigh, sort, and record your trash.
Dive against debis mobile app was created to support the data submission process for its global underwater marine debris survey Dive Against Debris®, which began in 2011 in an attempt to map the extent of the underwater problem.
The new app makes reporting your survey data a breeze, and as long as you follow the guidelines, your data will be used to build a dataset shared with science and conservation bodies.
How the App works:
- After the dive, divers simply report all the debris items removed along with the dive conditions and any photos.
- The dive site’s latitude and longitude can be easily added using information from the mobile device.
- No data connection? No problem. The app will store divers’ data as a draft for submission once connection is resumed.
- Data becomes part of a global dataset to help drive long-term change and address the global marine debris crisis.
- Through the App, divers are also encouraged to report debris free dive sites.