Our FINathon, Swimming Against Finning, went really well! We were able to raise almost $1800!!
Not enough for a full head of aqua (Miranda was aiming for $1K before she would die her hair aqua) since she was a smidgeon short, but the store did raised over $1,000, so there are talks with her hair dresser about an aqua chunk/slice/section or some other similar consolation coloring.
On Sept 1st 2013 The Northeast Aquanauts Dive Club joined efforts with The NYSD & The NYPD to do our part for our dive site. Beach 6th Street in far Rockaway is our clubs home for local shore diving and since SANDY hit Long Island our dive site was in bad shape. Our members cleared over 2000 pounds of sand off the traffic circle and sifted the trash from that sand then properly relocated the sand.
September begins! Unfortunately despite all of our preparations to start our underwater cleaning the sea had other ideas ... the Northern wind is back and the waves are now a few meters high. Since we had two repeat customers who wanted to dive one more morning with us, we decided to give it a go and went out on the boat earlier this morning. Silva Reef was our best protected option for dive sites, but still the visibility was down to less than 5 meters with a lot of surge.
Today was a great day to be a diver, as despite the rainy conditions, over 80 people from the 3 main local dive shops came out to support Gullivers Lake, our local dive quarry, for the largest ever post-storm clean up dive. After a dreadful storm ripped through Flamborough last week, Gullivers was closed for 6 days while the park was cleaned up. And while the topside looked
Ocean Encounters together with Curacao Sunscape Resort & Spa sponsored a dive against debris on Saturday August 10th, 2013. Volunteers from the US FOL, Ocean Encounters staff, local environmental enthusiasts, and Sunscape guests collected debris both on the surface and underwater. The site was chosen due to the drainage canal ajacent the resort which collects debris from around the island during the rainy season, and deposits it on our fringing reef system.
Scuba Junkie would once again like to thank all staff, DMTs and guests that got involved in our latest round of reef and beach clean ups on Pulau Mabul. Scuba Junkie employ a team of dedicated beach cleaners for the area in front of the resort, however other beachs on the island are often neglected and volunteers are needed to help collect the rubbish that often accumulates. Around 50 staff and guests helped clean an area of beach on the far side of the Scuba Junkie jetty while 10 staff carried out reef cleans on the Scuba Junkie house reef and Panglima.
Of the 57 participants that raised funds for the Project AWARE Finathon, some swam with fins, mask and snorkel, and some without.
One swimmer signed up after seeing our youtube movie post about shark finning - he had no idea of the danger sharks face!
The swim course was in front of a popular beach (Mambo Beach) so a lot of passers-by got curious and asked us what was going on, which makes us feel that we reached quite a few people with information about shark finning. A lot of people still don't realize that there are really not that many sharks left!