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.
Another day on the water for the crew of Jack's Diving Locker - blue skies, warm water, 100' visibility, sharks in a lava tube, green sea turtle, but there's more. Time to clean up the ocean, too! 100% AWARE means doing what you can to get rid of marine debris.
Much success was had in our Anchor clean up of Crocker Reef. Crocker reef is located just off shore in Islamorada (Florida Keys). Its a very popular fishing spot and anchors get fouled up often in the beautiful corals. So the Islamorada Dive Center along with support from the REEF Foundation in Key Largo, brought up 12 anchors loaded with chain and line, totaling and estimated 600lbs. Numerous other items were cleaned off the reefs as well. Please contact Islamorada Dive Center for or next clean up in May!
What a monumental month March has been – on so many levels! We kicked off our 2013 Bangkok school tour at the end of February and over the next 10 days presented at 9 different International schools, targeting over 2,000 children, 50 teachers and 50 parents in 13 full presentations and 10 breakout/discussion/question and answer sessions!
We conducted yet another Dive against Debris and beach clean here on Mabul yesterday with the help of staff, guests and the local community. This one will appear on ASTRO TV as Rohan was interviewed on sharks, waste management and environmental projects. The evening was finished off with a S.E.A.S. Shark presentation for our guests....! Thanks again to all who helped!!
The reef clean-up trip was a huge success this weekend. We had a great turn out and collected a huge amount of trash. The party after was a great way to relax and unwind after a fun afternoon of diving. I am looking forward to setting up more trips like this in the near future. Hope everyone else had as good of a time as I did.