September is Project AWARE’s Debris Month of Action – a time when thousands of scuba divers around the world unite and take action against marine debris – the ocean’s silent killer. But don’t think of it as just a one-time dive to take out the trash. It’s so much more than that. It’s a rallying cry. A rumble, if you will, with one of the biggest ocean issues of our time – marine debris.
Cars, a makeshift toilet, a full set of golf clubs, a set of false teeth and a pogo stick. These are just some of the unusual items found by volunteer scuba divers who are helping Project AWARE offer a new, underwater view of the problem of trash – much of it plastic – in the ocean.
On Sunday 11th May 2014, Blue Corner Dive will be holding a Dive Against Debris at our house reef, Pontoon. This dive site receives a lot of visitor traffic and a number of big vessels have mooring locations close by, for this reason much rubbish and debris can be found here. Our aim will be to complete a 50 minute dive with the objective soley based on rubbish collection. All debris collected will be weighed, sorted, reported and disposed of and the results will be submitted to Project AWARE online.
We’ve been removing debris from underwater environments together for decades but now, we’re going to share what we’ve found with the rest of the world. More importantly, we’re going to use the information to prevent the trash from our everyday lives from ending up in the ocean in the first place.
That's why Project AWARE launched Dive Against Debris in 2011. With the help of thousands of divers, debris removal efforts have stepped up and divers are actively protecting marine life including sharks and rays that can get tangled in trash.
Thousands of pieces of plastic have been discovered, submerged along the river bed of the upper Thames Estuary by scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Natural History Museum.
The sheer amount of plastic recovered shows there is an unseen stream of rubbish flowing through London which could be a serious threat to aquatic wildlife. The findings, published online in Marine Pollution Bulletin, highlight the cause for concern, not only for ecosystems around the river but for the North Sea, in to which the Thames flows.
Join our newest Divemaster Steve today at 4pm today for a much needed beach clean up and get a free fun dive tomorrow on the Biorocks reef tomorrow where we will collect, sort and log all the rubbish found for Project Aware's Dive Against Debris campaign.
The dive will be a shore dive, so meet us at the dive center around 11:00. See you there!
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Dans le cadre de l'IDC de septembre chez Scubaventure à Vannes, et pour sensibiliser les stagiaires à la défense du milieu sous marin, un nettoyage des débris de la carrière aura lieu sous l'eau et autour de la carrière.