September's Debris Month of Action saw thousands of divers across the world gear up and dive in to remove dangerous rubbish, nets, fishing traps and household waste from our ocean. From the islands of Fiji up to the waters of Devon, UK and all the way back to Brazil and South America, divers everywhere rallied together for one month of action to draw attention to our ocean’s silent killer: marine debris.
In Thailand on the island of Ko Haa, a group of Scubafish divers recently rescued three sea turtles struggling for their lives.
It was the end of a beautiful day diving when the boat captain spotted something unusual floating on the surface of the water. As the divers got closer they found a huge discarded fishing net with three entangled turtles, trapped and struggling to breathe.
Qualifiers keep dropping with Go-Eco Phuket as the environmental group prepares for its official launch on September 30 with the biggest reef cleanup of any kind in the world.
“On September 30, the eyes of the world will be attracted to Phuket,” Tony Andrews, Thailand’s West coast PADI Regional Manager and Project AWARE Ambassador, said at a press conference with Phuket government officials at Kata Beach Resort today.
22nd and 23rd September 2012. Come and join us for our annual clean up weekend. Something for everyone - underwater clean up for divers, trade stalls, raffle and fun for everyone. Bring your friends and family to help out. We need divers to help clear the underwater debris, and people to help on land with clean ups and data logging. There will be prizes throughout the weekend and a raffle with loads of prizes. All money raised will go directly to Project Aware.
Our third underwater clean up around Falmouth. Castle Beach is located at the north west corner of the bay. Debris gets blown in on a south easterly wind but doesn't get blown out again. On recent visits we have removed lots of plastic bags from the area but it will need more divers to do an effective job.
So come along and meet some local divers to do something worthwhile underwater.
They did it again, but bigger and better! As part of September's Debris Month of Action, Bubbles Dive Centre, the one and only 100% AWARE dive centre in Gozo, Malta, joined by their customers and fellow divers coordinated their biggest Dive Against Debris event to date.