Underwater Vision's 2nd Dive Against Debris day was a success. The 5 participants started early, at 7am, when we headed out to the dive site here on Utila. The excitement ran high and we were ready for the day.
Due to the pleasant weather we'd had over the past few weeks before our event, we did not find as much debris as we thought we would. While being a bit disappointed about the little amount of debris found, we were nevertheless glad to find our reef less cluttered then we initially had expected.
The Calypso Diving team got together for a Dive Against Debris on our White Beach house reef this Sunday at 1pm. Our two PADI Divemaster interns commencing their pro training joined us for their first Project AWARE dive. During the dive, we were pleased to see some lovely sightings on the house reef, including two pairs of robust ghost pipefish and a seahorse! Within an hour the team had also collected an estimated 7 - 8 kgs of trash ranging from plastic and tin cans to a lens cap and a bracelet.
Another successful day here on Koh Tao. On the 28th of January 14 instructors, DMT's and fun divers conducted a land and underwater clean-up of over 2 and a half hours, covering 4,500 square meters and collecting over 50 kilos of trash! One exciting observation was only 3 batteries were collected. Does this mean that batteries are being disposed of in the proper way? We hope so!
On Saturday, January 14, 2012 Jupiter Dive Center in Jupiter, FL held a Project Aware Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty Course. Students gathered at the shop in the morning for class and then headed offshore for a 2 tank dive. Specialty Instructors Heather Anderson and Amy Lesh led the class
Our objective was to get rid of as many trash and debris that we could find in Dahab's Bannerfish Bay. On Saturday morning, 13 divers and 4 non-divers were present to do so: 5 underwater buddy teams and a beach cleanup team to make the entrance to the dive site and the dive site look beautiful and welcoming again!
Congratulations to the intrepid divers who joined Al Mahara Diving Center on Friday 30th December 2011 in the ghost net removal exercise!
The day started with a safety briefing by Darren Drewery, PADI Instructor who talked about the importance of clearing the abandoned fishing lines and nets as they can cause divers to get entangled as well as marinelife. Previous trips to the MV Jassim wreck off Abu Dhabi caused divers to take action as plenty of abandoned lines were encountered.