Ġnejna Bay

Please confirm the Dive Against Debris Surveyor Statement: 
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Your Survey Team

Team Leader Name: 
Priscilla Madiona
Team Leader Email: 
Number of Participants: 
24

About Your Survey

Survey Date: 
Sep. 21/13
Survey Site Location: 
Ġnejna Bay Mġarr
Malta
Survey Site GPS Coordinates: 
35° 55' 16.2876" N, 14° 20' 28.4856" E
Weather Conditions for Previous Week: 
Rainy at times but mostly clear and wind was maximum Force 4

Survey Information

Survey Duration (in minutes): 
210
Survey Depth Range Metric: 
meters
Area Surveyed Metric: 
m2
Dive Site Area Surveyed: 
36769
Survey Depth Max: 
10
Survey Depth Minimum: 
2
Dominant Substrate: 
sand
Ecosystem: 
seagrass
Wave Conditions: 
Smooth (wavelets) for waves 0.1 - 0.5 meter high
Marine Debris Found: 
I have debris data to report

Total Weight of all Debris Collected

Reliability of Total Weight: 
estimated
Weight Unit Used: 
kilograms
Total Weight: 
667.4

Plastic Materials

02. bags: trash (plastic): 
5
06. baskets, crates: 
1
07. beverage: bottles-2 liters or less: 
25
08. beverage: bottles-2 liters or more: 
11
11. buckets, drums & jerrycans-2 liters or more: 
2
13. caps & lids (plastic): 
56
16. cigarette lighters: 
1
18. containers: fast food, lunch boxes & similar: 
1
20. cups, plates, forks, knives, spoons (plastic): 
6
32. pipes (plastic-PVC): 
7
33. rope (plastic/nylon): 
2
34. SCUBA & snorkel gear-masks, snorkels, fins: 
1
37. strapping bands (plastic): 
1
38. straws, stirrers: 
1
43. plastic fragments: 
11

Glass & Ceramic Materials

44. beverage bottles (glass): 
11
46. cups & plates-tableware/dishes (glass & ceramic): 
1
51. glass fragments: 
17

Metal Materials

57. cans: food/juice, other (tin): 
22
59. cars & car parts: 
3
64. forks, knives, spoons (cutlery): 
3
66. pipes & rebar: 
14
70. wire, wire mesh & barbed wire: 
4
71. wrappers (foil/metal): 
16
72. metal fragments: 
3

Rubber Materials

74. gloves (rubber): 
12
77. tires/tyres: 
6
78. rubber fragments: 
2

Wood Materials

80. furnishings (wood): 
1
83. wood fragments: 
18

Cloth Materials

84. bags (burlap): 
1
85. bags (cloth): 
4
87. rope and string (cloth): 
3
88. towels/rags: 
1
89. cloth fragments: 
1

Paper/Cardboard Materials

92. paper-books, newspaper & magazines, etc.: 
2
93. paper, cardboard fragments: 
6

Mixed Materials

94. bricks, cinderblocks & chunks of cement: 
2
95. clothing: 
2
98. shoes-flip flops, sandals, tennis, etc: 
1
100. toys: 
1

Other Debris Items

Other Debris Items: 
Other Debris Items (Identify Materials) Number of Items Found
Item 1 --
Item 1: 
Metal Bed
Debris Quantity 1: 
1
Item 2: 
Lipstick Cover
Debris Quantity 2: 
1
Item 3: 
Boat Trailer Winch
Debris Quantity 3: 
1
Item 4: 
Pillow
Debris Quantity 4: 
1
Item 5: 
Pillow Case
Debris Quantity 5: 
1
Item 6: 
Jeblo
Debris Quantity 6: 
8
Item 7: 
Fibre Glass
Debris Quantity 7: 
9
Item 8: 
Metal Frame
Debris Quantity 8: 
2
Item 9: 
Keys
Debris Quantity 9: 
4
Item 10: 
Broom
Debris Quantity 10: 
2
Item 11: 
Frying Pan
Debris Quantity 11: 
2
Item 12: 
False Finger Nails
Debris Quantity 12: 
3
item 13: 
Tiles
Debris Quantity 13: 
4
Item 14: 
Leather Man's Belt
Debris Quantity 14: 
1
Item 15: 
Metal Spade
Debris Quantity 15: 
1

Entangled Animals

Entangled Animals Found (if any): 
Crustaceans
Crustaceans Species or Common Name: 
Crab
Number of Crustaceans Entangled: 
2
Was the Crustacean: 
Released Unharmed
Crustaceans - Type of Debris: 
Wire Mesh
Entangled Crustacean Comments: 
Divers made sure to clean any bottles or other debris found from any living organism and on land we made sure to clean all the debris before actually throwing it in the skip so that if there are any entangled animals left, these will be put back to sea before any harm is done.

Additional Information

Are you aware of an event that could have contributed to the debris you documented?: 
Mainly the debris might have been swept inside the bay due to people littering the bay themselves rather than using the bins provided. Other big debris, like the bed, brooms, frying pans, pillow, etc are cause by boathouses' owners who rubbish the sea.
Most Unusual Item Found: 
Car Keys
What were the most problematic debris items in your location?: 
Garage Door

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any photos?: 
Do you have any photos?
Photos: 
Comments or Feedback: 
It would be a good idea if the debris data we send, would be emailed to us as a pdf file because we would need to send it to Local Councils and other sponsors.
Additional Information: 
Paul Vella, the Mgarr Mayor, welcomed the initiative stating “that such initiatives are very much needed in locations like Gnejna that are home to so much biodiversity both on land and at sea”. He further expressed his dismay at people’s insensitivity adding that “we need to create more respect towards the environment”. He invited for more similar initiatives, adding that a holistic plan is needed to ensure the long term sustainability of the Gnejna coast and sea. Sandra Agius Darmanin, a marine conversation biologist assisting the clean-up stated that “unfortunately, many seem to think that once it sinks it disappears”. “Unfortunately, this is not the case as items like plastic take several years to degrade and may also pose a serious threat to marine life” she added.