Project AWARE Announces International Cleanup Day Report 2009

Six million tonnes of debris enter the world’s oceans every year wreaking havoc on underwater creatures and environments every day. For 16 years, Project AWARE Foundation has led underwater and shoreline cleanup efforts in partnership scuba divers worldwide and Ocean Conservancy.

 

 

Project AWARE Announces International Cleanup Day Report 2009

Project AWARE Foundation’s International Cleanup Day 2009 Report: Outlining dive community’s global actions to combat marine debris

 

Project AWARE Foundation

 

Six million tonnes of debris enter the world’s oceans every year wreaking havoc on underwater creatures and environments every day. For 16 years, Project AWARE Foundation has led underwater and shoreline cleanup efforts in partnership scuba divers worldwide and Ocean Conservancy.

The newly released International Cleanup Day Report 2009 (available in 7 languages), highlights Project AWARE’s efforts by volunteer divers and water enthusiasts. During International Cleanup Day, they removed over 222′000 kg/490′000 lbs of debris. Debris that would otherwise continue to poison our waters and be “out of sight and out of mind” for most.

More than 90 countries collected a staggering 140′814 cigarette filters, 78′854 plastic bags and found baby sharks, fairy penguins, moray eels and sea turtles, entangled and killed by the debris.

The 20 page International Cleanup Day Report provides an introduction to Project AWARE’s Marine Debris Campaign; recognizes the ongoing efforts of divers and water enthusiasts across the globe and underlines the dire consequences of marine debris for the aquatic fauna. It offers a visual snapshot of trash collected with a colourful map highlighting number of volunteers and weight of debris collected in each region.

“Project AWARE Foundation truly appreciates the dive community’s efforts to combat litter in our oceans and waterways. There are solutions to the marine debris crisis and it is inspiring to see divers leading the way.  We ask cleanup organizers and divers to use this report to highlight efforts and encourage others to become part of this global movement to bring about change,” said Project AWARE Foundation’s Director, Jenny Miller Garmendia.

To check out the Top Ten Debris Items found or Tips to Keep Waters Debris Free download the International Cleanup Day 2009 Report today.

Available in the following languages: English (1.2MB), Italiano (1.2MB), Deutsch (1.2MB), Français (1.2MB), Espagnol (1.8MB), Dutch (1.2MB), Portuguese (1.2MB).

 

International Cleanup Day 2009 Report

 

Project AWARE Foundation



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