"Raise the Flag for the Oceans" history
"Raise the Flag for the Oceans" history started in the Adriatic sea by a former free diving champion and commercial diver Kristijan Curavic, who led a small group of divers with different backgrounds (military divers, navy seals, anti-terror police unit divers, mine divers and former champion free divers). This group of extremely passionate ocean lovers started the world’s first systematic cleaning of the Adriatic sea which was covered by plastic and marine debris. They performed ocean sea bed clean ups every two weeks on the monthly basis and during a one year period they managed to extract more than 50 tons of plastic and other marine debris out from the Adriatic coast.
The lead diver Kristijan Curavic wanted to go global with this project and created the project named World Aqua Day which was ocean clean up by divers organized on the same day and same time, so in 2012 the first World Aqua Day was a success where more than 30 countries participated in the ocean clean up. All divers were synchronized to jump into the ocean at the same time on the same day despite the different time zones. In 2013 the second World Aqua Day was organized by Kristijan Curavic, where now more than 60 counties participated in this ocean, lake and river clean up.
An incredible initiative started by a simple diver went viral and during this time the first White Flag was awarded for the clean ocean marine area and sea bottom to H.S.H. Prince Albert ll of Monaco by diver Kristijan Curavic which was an initial spark that created the "Raise the Flag for the Oceans" challenge. Shortly after the award in Monaco to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the second White Flag was awarded to H.E. Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia, for physically cleaned beach of Bled lake in Slovenia in 2014. Four months later, the third White Flag award was given to H.E. Gjorge Ivanov, President of Macedonia, and the challenge "Raise the Flag for the Oceans" was officially initiated by H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta.