As an inland dive centre, Planet Scuba India can only support Project AWARE's Dive Against Debris effort when we are on one of our Dive Trips and so we duly arranged an event on our Maldives Liveaboard trip last week.
13 divers, including 3 from atlantic Scuba went into the waters at Swanpool Beach and recovered 88 items weighing just over 12kg. 8 carrier bags, 17 golf balls, fishing line and drinks cans were just some of the items recovered.
We are already thinking of another for next month.
The low season in Koh Lanta brings a large quantity of debris to the island that is deposited on our beaches and unfortunately not only spoils the view, but also continues the cycle of marine litter. In conjunction with Ocean Divers, we are selecting a different area of the island to clean on a weekly basis.
Our motley team of volunteers took to the beach armed with bags and lots of enthusiasm. Although the weather has been good here for the last few weeks, there were some wild storms in June and it was clear in the damage that had been caused to local businesses.
June 8th, 1400 hours: Eco Tribe and the Grand Rotana Camel Dive Club team perform Operation World Ocean Day. Armed with knives, lift bags and household gloves, the enemy - Underwater Debris - didn't stand a chance!
As we stealthily approached the battlefield at Eagle Ray Bay, we could smell fear in the water column. We were prepared to take the litter dead or alive and had vegetable bag traps at the ready. Thankfully the fishing line had taken no prisoners but still, there was to be no mercy here today.