Aquire a Flag

In order to acquire a flag, certain criteria must be met.. This includes Annual Compliance in order to maintain ones standing as a WhiteFlag holder.

Who can apply?

WhiteFlag holders can include:

- Hotels
- Resorts
- Public beaches
- National parks
- Marinas
- Cruise ships
- Shipping companies
- Municipalities, cities and countries

Created so these groups could ensure that their local marine areas will be cleared of debris. WhiteFlag who with the help of GUWAA provide knowledgeable divers with the expertise to remove the debris in a non-destructive manner, having removed hundreds of thousands of tons of marine garbage worldwide. Cleaning of oceans, lakes and rivers requires the work of divers. Seabeds, riverbeds and lakebeds are fragile environments that are easily harmed and destroyed by any machinery that is used for cleaning purposes, this is where we provide the experience in eco-cleaning.

WhiteFlag will also help create awareness locally by providing each location with the materials and information to educate their users on how to maintain debris free water.

Criteria

In order to acquire a WhiteFlag, each institution must sign a contract agreeing to the following:

- Initial inspection of the seabed by approved divers who GPS mark critical areas and photo document debris.
- WhiteFlag establishes the most ecologically sound method for cleaning and in conjunction with the establishment arrange for local resources to recycle and properly dispose of items removed.
- Debris is sorted and recorded for long term documentation, to be shared with other environmental organizations working on marine litter and water conservation.
- Public Relations materials are to be posted (signs, maps, eco-education info) to ensure that patrons understand the importance of marine pollution, and that the establishment prioritizes clean water.
- The contract is of a duration of 5 years consisting of one time fee for initial inspection, clean up, eco-education material and flag ceremony annual maintenance fee including inspection.

The holders of the White Flag directly support the protection of the world's seas, lakes and rivers by performing local clean-ups. A percentage of the profit from each WhiteFlag goes directly to GUWAA, who work to clean the waterways globally via hands on practical cleanups worldwide. GUWAA has acquired world-wide credibility through showing visual results by salvaging enormous amounts of garbage from the bottoms of the world's seas, lakes and rivers.

Annual compliance

Created to ensure local marine areas will be cleared of debris annually. WhiteFlag provides knowledgeable divers with the expertise to remove the debris in a non-destructive manner, having removed hundreds of thousands of tons of marine garbage worldwide. Cleaning of oceans, lakes and rivers requires the work of divers. Seabeds, riverbeds and lakebeds are fragile environments that are easily harmed and destroyed by any machinery that is used for cleaning purposes, this is where we provide the experience in eco-cleaning.

Holders of WhiteFlags, agree to an annual inspection and removal of debris, maintaining pristine seabed conditions.