Action Highlights

It were busy times the last few weeks at the Gili Islands. So I didnt have time to write about the weekly beach and reef clean ups at Oceans 5 dive resort.

 

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Sairee Cottage Diving kicked off a month of action against marine debris yesterday with a trip out to Sam Ran Pinnacle to clean off some old ghost nets.

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On Sunday 26 August, the Bubbles Dive Centre team, customers and fellow divers completed a 'Dive Against Debris in Marsalfon Bay, Gozo focusing on removing discarded rope. 

Amongst the 200 kilos of rope that was brought up from the sea there was also a car seat, cans, plastics, metal pipes and even part of an intravenous drip which is hazardous waste.  

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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.

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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.

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Yesterday is was clean up day at Oceans 5 dive dive resort gili islands. It means clean up the beach, the oceans and the reefs in front of Oceans 5.

Oceans 5 is located in the harbor of Gili Air. All the fast boats from Bali are arriving there and that means a lot of tourist leave their garbage behind and that dissapear in the ocean.

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Kralendijk, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, June 16, 2012

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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. 

 

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So during the month of May, Amarilla Divers and their divers collected as m uch rubbish as they could get from every site we dived. This ended up being lots of dives and lots of rubbish!!

We found many different types of rubbish although the majority was cans & bottles, we did come across a few things that were rather strange!!

We actually found on one dive an electric chain saw! we did not have a lift bag and was unable to bring it back, but we will definitely be back to thi ssite with the bag to bring it ashore.

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