Huge thanks to all the swimmers, supporters and donors: together we raised $2,215 already for Project AWARE shark protection! The FINATHON™ held at Calypso on 29 May 2013 aimed to fundraise to help end shark finning and keep the balance of the oceans. It’s been a total success, and funds for Project AWARE are still rolling in, with followers of the story amazed by the efforts of participants. The dive and office staff, as well as our recent IDC graduates Randy and Gery, joined the swim team.
On the 18th of April we headed out to Hin Yippon Yai at the north of the Angthong National Marine park to remove debris from this beautiful dive site. Since this rocky formation does not officially belong to the protected marine park area, it attracts local fishermen, who tend to get too close to the rock, so their nets get caught up in the coral.
Our group conisted of 10 divers and we managed to remove quite a lot of fishing nets. Fortunately there was so not much other debris, but the amount of fishing net was quite remarkable.
On Sunday 28th April a team of divers from Scuba Scene in Taunton headed down to Plymouth to take part in the Dive For Debris for Dive For Earth Day 2013!
The team had an interesting diversion on the trip down due to Plymouth's half marathon however the team made it to the marina where they met skipper Richard who organised the bacon butties with the help of Larry Wheeler.
Recently, our morning dive groups noticed several fishing nets caught over the Secret Pinnacle, which is located at a dive site called South West. Consequently, we decided to go back later that week to clean-up the dive site. Our clean-up effort involved eight staff/DMTs and one fun diver and consisted of two dives.
More than 500 kg came out of the waters around Puerto de Mogan. Lots of metal, part of a car, ankers, ropes........ Thanks to the townhall, all the people and all the divecenters who were involved in this clean up!!
The Koh Tao community came together in a big way to help support the recognition of international Earth Day 2013. Organized through the Save Koh Tao Group, many dive schools and businesses conducted a land clean-up in the morning, in all three of the island’s villages. Volunteers cleaned along beaches, roads, and other public areas to get over 550 kgs of rubbish. In the afternoon, 6 dive schools from the island went out to various locations with over 60 divers to clean up marine debris, collecting over 640 kgs.
22 volunteers from Oonas Dive Club and 4 staff participated in an Underwater Clean Up in support of Earth Day 2013. Our two dive boats, Obiwan and Hooligan spent an afternoon in a small bay, Marsa Ghozlani, in the Ras Mohammed National Park in Sharm El Sheikh and collected an amazing 70 kilos of rubbish.
Collected items ranged from plastic bags and cups, fishing line, large pieces of metal, discarded bouys and ropes, cardboard and many other items.
Shortly after sunrise at the Egyptian Red Sea coast our Earth Day Clean Up started at 6 o'clock in the morning. Marsa Um Tondoba, the beautiful bay only 14 km south of the city of Marsa Alam was the first location for several clean ups today. It was only a beach clean up necessary as Blue Heaven Holidays diving center is always keeping its house reef at Tondoba Bay clean and any rubbish is collected immediately during a dive.
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.