In early January 2013, the personnel of the Bay Islands Conservation Association, BICA, discovered that a huge abandoned fishing net had drifted from the open sea onto “Raggedy Cay”, one of the popular dive sites on Utila’s West End, and was so big they were unable to lift or remove it, particularly as initial reports stated that the net was at a depth between 30 and 70 meters / 100 to 200 feet and as big as a volleyball court.
One of the beautiful things about diving is the diversity of the people who are passionate about the sport. People with all different points of view and life experiences can be found donning fins and masks to take that plunge in another world. While diversity is one of the things that makes diving great, it also makes it all the more impressive when divers unite to solve a problem like shark finning. The FINathon hosted by Patriot Scuba was a perfect example of this. They are a small shop in Occoquan, VA with a big passion for the ocean. So when they heard abou
On 30 Nov the Blue Guru dive team snorkeled 30km to end finning: shark finning.
Despite a perfectly timed thunderstorm adding to the challenge of snorkeling around 2 islands, our Finathon was a great team event.
Our 3 Divemaster trainees kicked off the Finathon quickly completing their timed 800m snorkel by circumnavigating the smaller of the 2 islands. The rest of the dive team followed at a more leisurely pace!!
Taught the AWARE Shark Conservaton Specialty in October for the first time and what a great course it is. I was already a Shark Awareness Instructor in the Bahamas however being back in the UK teaching made me notice the huge decrease we see of sharks around the coast here. The presentation slides are fantastic and its great that you can add your own slides about local sharks to make it even more relevant for your divers.
First, I really want to thank all of those who helped make this event a success. We had divers, safety observers, kayak surface support, and data collectors. As a result of all of your efforts, we collected over 1,500 pounds of debris from the waters! Everyone did a great job, and I thank you all.
Over the month of September, the Calypso team and guests removed 62kg of debris from the beach and house reef.
Candidates preparing for their Instructor Development Course (IDC) also joined the dives as part of their Pro Foundation and Prep program. By learning about the Dive-Against-Debris methods, new PADI Instructors will now be able to better organize their own events too.
We were rewarded for our removing, sorting and reporting efforts with some lovely marine life sightings too: the seahorse population on the house reef seems to be growing!
MMW 2012 was another incredible success This year with tons of rubbish collected and many environmental and community projects completed. The openeing ceremony, which was attended by The District Officer of Semporna, Mr Ibnu Haji Baba, the Panglima of Mabul, the PGA, the participating dive operators (Mabul marine committee), the people of Mabul and guests of the resorts, started on the 29th of September kicked off with local dances and environmental shows and Speeches from the District Officer, the Panglima and Scuba Junkie who have chaired the successful event for the last 2 years.
On September 19th 2012 DiveVersity Holiday Beach organized a “Dive against Debris” as part of the Project AWARE Debris Month of Action Rally. After extensive planning and coordination the event turned out to be a huge success. More than 100 volunteers gathered and cleaned a 2 mile stretch of Curacao’s coastline, both underwater and on the shore.