What a monumental month March has been – on so many levels! We kicked off our 2013 Bangkok school tour at the end of February and over the next 10 days presented at 9 different International schools, targeting over 2,000 children, 50 teachers and 50 parents in 13 full presentations and 10 breakout/discussion/question and answer sessions!
We conducted yet another Dive against Debris and beach clean here on Mabul yesterday with the help of staff, guests and the local community. This one will appear on ASTRO TV as Rohan was interviewed on sharks, waste management and environmental projects. The evening was finished off with a S.E.A.S. Shark presentation for our guests....! Thanks again to all who helped!!
Last week I created an event within the Action Zone area of Project Aware in order to showcase a great initiative that took place in Salvador, Brazil, focused on the cleaning of marine debris resulted from the Carnival season.
The reef clean-up trip was a huge success this weekend. We had a great turn out and collected a huge amount of trash. The party after was a great way to relax and unwind after a fun afternoon of diving. I am looking forward to setting up more trips like this in the near future. Hope everyone else had as good of a time as I did.
On the morning of the 1st of February the Sairee Cottage dive boat sailed out to Chumpon Pinnacle with a number of students and fun divers, only to find huge areas of the dive site covered by a fishing net. There were a large number of Fusiliers and Groupers caught up in the net, and unfortunately many of them were already dead.
Divers from many different schools across Koh Tao were working hard to cut free those fish that were still alive, and untangle as much as possible. However, you can only do so much when you are leading students and customers.
On Saturday, January 19, 2013, Dive Friends Bonaire @ Yellow Submarine filled up with enthusiastic volunteers ready for the first quarterly clean-up dive of the new year. The crowd primarily consisted of vacationing divers but there were also a large number of local residents, including a group of Junior Rangers from the Bonaire Marine Park. All of the participants collected their free tanks from the dive center and then assembled for the safety briefing.
On Saturday Jan 19th 2013, in collaboration with the Surfrider foundation, Mālama Na `Apapa (MNA) conducted an in-water marine debris removal at Ahukini Landing, while the Surfrider group focused on removing a large net that had washed up on the beach near the Kamalani Playground, MNA responded to a report of a large net floating off of Ahukini Landing near where the Giant Green Sea Turtles swim daily. We located a medium sized “Ghost Net” entangled in the old pilings and removed it. The “Ghost Net” weighed about 300 pounds and if untangled and stretched out would be
In early January 2013, the personnel of the Bay Islands Conservation Association, BICA, discovered that a huge abandoned fishing net had drifted from the open sea onto “Raggedy Cay”, one of the popular dive sites on Utila’s West End, and was so big they were unable to lift or remove it, particularly as initial reports stated that the net was at a depth between 30 and 70 meters / 100 to 200 feet and as big as a volleyball court.
One of the beautiful things about diving is the diversity of the people who are passionate about the sport. People with all different points of view and life experiences can be found donning fins and masks to take that plunge in another world. While diversity is one of the things that makes diving great, it also makes it all the more impressive when divers unite to solve a problem like shark finning. The FINathon hosted by Patriot Scuba was a perfect example of this. They are a small shop in Occoquan, VA with a big passion for the ocean. So when they heard abou