September is Project AWARE’s month of action and to play our part we organised a Dive for Debris at Murrays Bay in Auckland’s North Shore.
Unfortunately there had been heavy rain in the days before which left the water visibility really bad, at approx. 1m. Still we had approx. 20 divers and shore support crew volunteering and cleaning up what we could find.
We removed approx. 30kg of rubbish from the beach and in the ocean, we were particularly pleased to remove several batteries which are incredibly bad for the ocean.
Project AWARE coined the event Finathon to help end finning of sharks globally. So they encourage dive centers to get involved and hold their own Finathon. Normally a Finathon would be doing a swimming event or walking event…but here in South Florida we have the opportunity to dive with sharks in their natural environment…so Force-E created their Finathon with a full weekend of diving and fundraising.
During the last 2 months at asia divers we started a dive against debris campaign.
we decided to start with the area aroud Asia Divers pier wich seems to be a natural colector of debris.
We will do a dive a dive against debris each month around the pier and moniter any changes we find to the total garbege found, 2 dives have already been made and on the first dive there was 26kg and a month later there was 24.5kg so already an improvement .
What a great Dive Against Debris / lake clean up. On September 21st, 2013 we had 18 divers helping clean up Vista Point at Lake Pleasant, AZ. We removed approx 350 lbs. of trash that was left by boaters, fisherman etc, hopefully not any divers. The largest pieces were a boat engine hatch that was left behind when the sunken boat was relocated to another location. We also had a very large section of carpet and many, many bottles, cans, and misc plastic items. Thanks to everyone who helped me and The Scuba Shop with the clean up and helped to carry the 350 lb.
It was a beautiful day on September 21st, 2013. The weather was sunny and the water was glassy. Volunteers showed up from all over the Tampa Bay area. After the safety brief, the divers, kayaker safety observers, and data collectors prepared to start the dive cleanup.
As September rolls back around so does our annual clean up of Petone Wharf and the surrounds.
This year our newest Dive Master Zac was in charge of organising the event as part of his Diploma Program. So armed with gear lists, report forms, sign up sheets and a truck load of gear we headed down to the wharf.
We couldn't have asked for better weather, sun shine and light northerlies. Visibility was never going to be great and not a problem at this site.
Miserable, rainy conditions could not dampen the spirits of over 80 Divers, Scouts and their families on Sunday September 22 as they attacked Sasamat Lake for Project AWARE. For the fourth year in a row Langley Diving focused their biggest annual event on this urban lake in Port Moody BC.
A big mahalo goes out to the 40+ volunteers that spent the day removing debris from the beach and ocean!! The event was a phenomenal success with food, prizes for each participant & a great deal of debris removed.