On Sunday 19th February we held DIVE FOR DEBRIS in partnership with Project AWARE.
Divers came and joined us on a clean up operation at one of our local diving sites, Manly Cove, inbetween Manly Wharf and Oceanworld.
As well as divers two representatives from The Two Hands project came down to help with cleaning up the beach and surrounding area. www.twohandsproject.org
In total 1140 individual items of rubbish were collected, heres just a snippet of those items - MORE
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!