Earlier today, I submitted my first My Dive Against Debris survey through the Project Aware app. It’s available in the Google Play Store. I first read about it on the website of PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.
Thanks to @rateyourdive on Twitter, I started picking up trash from the seafloor near the very start of my scuba diving adventures. I embraced the #BinBagChallenge immediately, and have since evolved into an aspiring ecowarrior.
I also use the My Little Plastic Footprint app, which I learned about from freediving world record holder @WillTrubridge.
I like how much data the Project Aware app collects. You report the size of your team, the number of pieces recovered, the weight of those items, the dive location, and more. It will be interesting to view my stats months and even years from now, and hopefully feel like I made a difference.
Fortunately, the scuba diving and snorkeling sites I have been to so far have all been relatively clean. However, some of the recovered items are very disturbing: laundry soap packaging and medication packaging stand out in my mind. If it’s bad for humans to consume, it’s probably bad for sealife, too.