On Saturday, July 13, 2013, volunteer divers gathered at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Yellow Submarine for the third quarterly clean up dive of the year. It was a beautiful sunny morning with perfect dive conditions, as usual for Bonaire. All of the participants collected their free tanks from the dive center and then assembled for the safety briefing.
Last night at 6pm down here on Little Cayman in the middle of the Caribbean I conducted my talk about sharks - why they are so amazing and the threats they are facing. The most recent scientific paper (Worm et al .2013) has given estimates of shark mortality not only from commercial fishing but through bycatch, illegal unreported fishing, and shark finning. There conservative estimate was that 100 million sharks are killed per year - that's around 11,500 sharks per hour!
Since decade 1980 no cleanup have been done on this lake. In such time, oven stoves, fridges and dryers were taked out and every citizen and visitors watch its trashes. Anyways, accidents append and trashes find their way to the lake's floor. From there, they often migrate throw rivers up to the Atlantic Ocean. Cleaning this head lake helps to keep Jaune river, St-Charles river and St-Laurence river cleaner.
Le lac Beauport est un lac de tête. La décharge se jette dans la rivière St-Charles qui se jettera ensuite dans le St-Laurent, chemin vers l'Atlantique en passant par l'Estuaire et le Golfe St-Laurent. Le nettoyage a mis en branle 25 plongeurs, embarqués dans 10 bateaux. Sur ce petit lac d'un peu plus d'un kilomètre carré, nous avons tout de même cueilli près de 10 kilos de matériel divers. Le grand ménage avait était fait durant les années 1980, sortant alors les poêle, frigo et gros électo-ménagers de même que moteurs et autres pièces polluantes.
The run up to Calypso's Finathon 2013 has been fun in itself. The Calypso Diving team put forward some great appeals that have attracted support from donors, raising a total of $2,215 for Project AWARE so far.
Huge thanks to all the swimmers, supporters and donors: together we raised $2,215 already for Project AWARE shark protection! The FINATHON™ held at Calypso on 29 May 2013 aimed to fundraise to help end shark finning and keep the balance of the oceans. It’s been a total success, and funds for Project AWARE are still rolling in, with followers of the story amazed by the efforts of participants. The dive and office staff, as well as our recent IDC graduates Randy and Gery, joined the swim team.
On the 18th of April we headed out to Hin Yippon Yai at the north of the Angthong National Marine park to remove debris from this beautiful dive site. Since this rocky formation does not officially belong to the protected marine park area, it attracts local fishermen, who tend to get too close to the rock, so their nets get caught up in the coral.
Our group conisted of 10 divers and we managed to remove quite a lot of fishing nets. Fortunately there was so not much other debris, but the amount of fishing net was quite remarkable.