PADI has announced that 2023 is the Year of the Sea as it tries to build on several wins aimed at protecting our oceans.
The dive training organization aims to mobilize the global diving community and its ocean Torchbearers to take more steps towards protecting our planet. Wins that PADI aims to build on include:
Commitment to the Ocean: PADI made an unprecedented donation to the ocean, providing funding in excess of $150,000 to 26 different conservation organizations. The move helped conserve a wide range of species, from sea turtles to giant kelp.
Empowering Local Ocean Ownership: PADI empowered locals to retake ownership of their ocean and marine habitat through its pillars of change foundation. So far, PADI has empowered over 250 locals in Fiji and the Maldives by giving them life-changing career opportunities as PADI dive professionals.
Eliminating Ocean Marine Debris: PADI has played a leading role in combating ocean debris and has supported the removal of over 60,000 lbs/27,215Kg of debris from our oceans.
Creating More Marine Protected Areas: PADI aims to create even more marine protected areas through various activities, including joining the 30X30 project, which aims to designate 30% of the ocean surface as protected by the year 2030.
Protecting Over 100 Shark Species: PADI celebrates its recent campaign to conserve more than 100 requiem shark species by having them added to the Convention on Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The addition limits and makes illegal the trade in these species.
Mermaids Boost Ocean Visibility: The PADI Mermaid Team inspired hope for the ocean with various activities and appearances.
Commenting on the organization’s aims for 2023, PADI Worldwide CEO & President Drew Richardson stated:
“As a purpose-driven diving organization, we are determined to turn the dial toward a healthy future and work together united in passion and armed with a clear plan of action. This year, we have shown that hope continues to rise, with numerous wins that will create long-lasting positive ocean change.”