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Plastic pollution

The impact of plastics on animals, the environment and humans is under-researched and poorly understood. However, thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we know that at least 800 marine species are harmed by plastics.

Our teams around the world clear beaches, the ocean floor and other fragile natural habitats such as mangrove forests of plastics and other human-made materials. Collected items are categorised and information is delivered to local and international organisations that advance research and help design stronger regulations.

Our staff and participants also run workshops that help international visitors and local communities reduce their own contributions to plastic pollution. In addition, over the past decade, we’ve collaborated with Fiji’s Ministry of Health to implement recycling initiatives in remote communities.

Our Current Initiatives


  • Ocean floor cleanups in Seychelles in collaboration with Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris project

  • Beach cleanups in Thailand in collaboration with Ocean Conservancy and Green Fins 

  • Beach cleanups in Mexico in collaboration with Ocean Conservancy and Puerto Morelos National Park

  • Beach cleanups in Costa Rica in collaboration with Tortuguero National Park

  • Environmental education in South Africa in collaboration with local schools

  • Environmental education and litter cleanups in Nepal in collaboration with local schools and other organisations

7039

kilograms of plastic collected by participants and community members in 2018

2744

Community members attended waste management awareness workshops

101

Waste management awareness workshops conducted various communities in 2018

Where you can contribute

 
Earn your PADI Open Water and volunteer to help conserve one of the world's wonders: the Belize Barrier Reef.
 
Start your diving and marine conservation career in one of the world's most beautiful places, Belize.
 
Live with other teens on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast while learning about rainforest conservation.
 
Work to conserve green, hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast.
 
Contribute to preserving the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world
 
Earn your PADI Coral Reef Restoration Diver (CRRD) Distinctive Speciality and gain work experience in marine conservation
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