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.
Diving Academy, Centro PADI 5 stelle in collaborazione con PADI e SCUBAPRO ha presentato in tutte le scuole della Regione Liguria - Italia, grazie al patrocinio della FONDAZIONE CARIGE e del PROGETTO GIOVANI il progetto "Il Mare ed il suo Ambiente".
Removed so many golf balls, just had to laugh...also a pedalo, which was great fun when we did the Search & Recovery as you could not see more than one foot in front of you with all the sand we had disturbed. Lots of bricks from buildings, but due to the postion of the dock when the strong winds blow it seems to move all the debris away. Shall find the next location to clean up and let you all know. It was truly a fun filled time and everyone enjoyed themselves, many thanks to Sean Weaver and Grant MacKellar my DMT's and keen Search & Recovery specialists.
Now that the weather has started to shift on the Andaman Sea side of Thailand, Ocean Divers are getting back into our regular beach cleanups. The beaches are quite clean during the high season due to the off shore wind, but as the Southeast Monsoon weather cycle begins the wind and waves shift. This in turn brings the floating marine debris onto our beaches.