Turn out was down a bit between the Sun Run, people in Mexico and other group activities, but we had fun and when all the money is added up we will have raised well over $1,000 for Project Aware. With other activities this month (Poker Run, Pennies for Project Aware, Easter Egg Hunt and family barbecue) we should be able to help those who can't help themselves - sharks and rays.
If you haven't run a Fin-a-thon - give it a try. It's fun, gets your divers into the water, is open to the whole family - even non-divers and kids, and makes for great fun.
Another day on the water for the crew of Jack's Diving Locker - blue skies, warm water, 100' visibility, sharks in a lava tube, green sea turtle, but there's more. Time to clean up the ocean, too! 100% AWARE means doing what you can to get rid of marine debris.
Much success was had in our Anchor clean up of Crocker Reef. Crocker reef is located just off shore in Islamorada (Florida Keys). Its a very popular fishing spot and anchors get fouled up often in the beautiful corals. So the Islamorada Dive Center along with support from the REEF Foundation in Key Largo, brought up 12 anchors loaded with chain and line, totaling and estimated 600lbs. Numerous other items were cleaned off the reefs as well. Please contact Islamorada Dive Center for or next clean up in May!
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.