PADI, the PADI Foundation and The Ocean Cleanup have announced a worldwide partnership to tackle plastic pollution in the ocean.
The partnership aims to motivate and mobilize divers at a local level to tackle ocean pollution, working with The Ocean Cleanup’s advanced technologies.
A trial project will be run in Malaysia, working with PADI dive resorts close to the Klang River. Using Ocean Cleanup Interceptors, the project aims to stop 80% of riverine plastic from getting to our oceans.
Commenting on the partnership, PADI CEO and President Drew Richardson stated:
“By combining the ingenuity of The Ocean Cleanup’s Interceptors, which remove floating plastic, with the passion and perspective of the global dive community working to save the ocean below the surface through citizen science, this monumental partnership is poised to inform waste management solutions that will significantly reduce marine debris from the surface to the sea floor. The success of preventative and lasting solutions on a global scale will only be possible through local community engagement.”
While Ocean Cleanup Chief Development Officer Dan Leahy commented:
“We’re excited to be working together with the world’s leading diving organization. Their passion for clean oceans creates a natural fit between our organizations, and I’m delighted we can scale our data and research capability through their dedicated community of divers.”