Today was a great day to be a diver, as despite the rainy conditions, over 80 people from the 3 main local dive shops came out to support Gullivers Lake, our local dive quarry, for the largest ever post-storm clean up dive. After a dreadful storm ripped through Flamborough last week, Gullivers was closed for 6 days while the park was cleaned up. And while the topside looked
Ocean Encounters together with Curacao Sunscape Resort & Spa sponsored a dive against debris on Saturday August 10th, 2013. Volunteers from the US FOL, Ocean Encounters staff, local environmental enthusiasts, and Sunscape guests collected debris both on the surface and underwater. The site was chosen due to the drainage canal ajacent the resort which collects debris from around the island during the rainy season, and deposits it on our fringing reef system.
Scuba Junkie would once again like to thank all staff, DMTs and guests that got involved in our latest round of reef and beach clean ups on Pulau Mabul. Scuba Junkie employ a team of dedicated beach cleaners for the area in front of the resort, however other beachs on the island are often neglected and volunteers are needed to help collect the rubbish that often accumulates. Around 50 staff and guests helped clean an area of beach on the far side of the Scuba Junkie jetty while 10 staff carried out reef cleans on the Scuba Junkie house reef and Panglima.
Of the 57 participants that raised funds for the Project AWARE Finathon, some swam with fins, mask and snorkel, and some without.
One swimmer signed up after seeing our youtube movie post about shark finning - he had no idea of the danger sharks face!
The swim course was in front of a popular beach (Mambo Beach) so a lot of passers-by got curious and asked us what was going on, which makes us feel that we reached quite a few people with information about shark finning. A lot of people still don't realize that there are really not that many sharks left!
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!