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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


kilograms of plastic collected by participants and community members in 2018


Community members attended waste management awareness workshops


Waste management awareness workshops conducted various communities in 2018

Where you can contribute

Earn your PADI Open Water and volunteer to conserve the Belize Barrier Reef.
Earn your PADI Divemaster while experiencing the very best dives the Caribbean has to offer.
Work to conserve green, hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast.
Live with other teens on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast while learning about rainforest conservation.
Earn your PADI Coral Reef Researcher Distinctive Speciality and gain work experience in marine conservation
Contribute to preserving the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world