FORT LAUDERDALE -- Over 120 volunteers consisting of local divers, snorkelers, surfers and beach-goers participated in the first annual SOS Ocean Clean-Up to help support the Project AWARE movement for a trash free ocean and environment. Volunteers collected over 92 pounds of trash! The 4 hour event was held Saturday, September 6, 2014 on East Las Olas Blvd & A1A along Fort Lauderdale Beach followed by a Volunteer Awards & After Party at Quarterdeck’s sponsored by SweetWater Brewing.
0n Saturday September 13th, 24 of my diving friends and myself completed another Dive Against Debris Lake clean up at our favorite beach dive site at Lake Pleasant in Arizona. In a 2 hour period my team pulled out approx. 50 aluminum cans, 40 plastic bottles, plastic bags, pieces of plastic sheeting, shoes, gloves, fishing lures, fishing line, rope, a large piece of carpet, a couple metal poles, a 5 gallon plastic bucket and a lot of miscellaneous trash. After we hauled our trash up the hill back to our cars we had a potluck BBQ with tons of great food and new friends.
On Saturday, September 6, 2014, 115 volunteers, including 70 Lock Haven University students, helped in the 2nd phase of the Bald Eagle Creek Clean-up. Thanks to all those who helped we collected 248 tires and 6 large bags of trash.
Who would believe Haad Yao, such a beautiful, clean looking beach could get so dirty. We collected approximately 40 bags of rubbish and 20 bags of recycling from the beach and surrounding scrubland.
Around 50 people took part from different Dive centres including Haad Yao Divers, Core Sea, Reefers and businesses around the Island.
In the evening we celebrated our success with a few cold beers and a BBQ on the beach. We even had a local live band singing and playing for free as we watched the stars come out sitting around a huge bonfire on the beach.
A volunteer team from High Tide Scuba completed a Dive Against Debris at Windy Point Park, Lake Travis, TX, on 10 August 2014. More than 200 pounds of various debris was removed from the lake. Thanks to all the participants for their hard work and support for Project AWARE.
Thanks to Andrea Vallintotto and Jennifer along with DMT's from Bans and Sunshine Divers we had a successful underwater clean up at Lighthouse Bay Dive Site on Koh Tao -Thailand.
The main items collected included approx. 240 plastic water bottles along with some paint brushes and oil filters from boat engines. Collectively the weight was approx. 40 kg.
An excellent effort from all invovled to keep our waters clean around Koh Tao.
We had a great morning on Sunday and got quite a good haul considering it was a first time for us and we only had approximately 0.5-1m vis. There wasn’t as much debris as I would have expected, especially closer into the wharf but we did come across a bottle pyramid quite far off shore which must be the distance a fisherman can throw a bottle from the wharf, and this will be a point of interest for future dives.
Saturday 21st June this year, marked the 8th Annual Reef Day event at The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island; in collaboration with WWF Malaysia. The theme this year was “Love the Ocean, Respect the Reef”.
The management and staff of Mataking Island were joined by WWF Malaysia, Green Semporna, Reef Check Malaysia, Wanita Pulau Omadal (WAPO), guests from the resort, students from SK St Patrick and SJK Sin Hwa in Tawau and SK Pekan Semporna and children from nearby Kalapuan. The PGA and Army based at Mataking also gave a hand.