Action Highlights

"Sasamat Lake has to be the dirties lake in BC" says Les Newman, owner of Langley Diving and PADI Course Director.  "We have been coming here every fall for years and this year we set out to have more people, bringing out more garbage, raising more money for Project AWARE than ever before."

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Last year’s clean up in Zurrieq cleared up the seabed from a large amount of litter, fishing nets and tyres.  This year we are happy to note that the amount of everyday litter (cans, glass bottles, plastics, chains etc.) has really reduced.  Finally, the common person is respecting the sea.  However we are very disappointed with the fact that the main item that was hauled out of the sea was once again rubber Tyres. 

 

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Taking Out the Trash

Coron, Palawan, Philippines - September 20, 2014 – The newly formed Coron Dive Professional Association with Neptune Dive Center took to the water to join in the International Coastal Clean Up Day.  The dive site chosen was Alcatraz, a small island surrounded by a nice coral reef slope.   A mooring buoy was also installed at the same time to stop dive boats from anchoring on the reef. 

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The third weekend in September marks the annual global movement to Clean Up The World. It’s funny how living on a small island makes your world shrink and your love of the immediate surroundings grow. At B&J Diving Centre, our office is the South China Sea and our playgrounds are the reefs and wrecks around Tioman Island. We are passionate about our dive sites; we want to keep them clean and healthy for all the divers of future generations to come.

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We had a great dive cleanup at Ballast Point Park and Pier.  This is one of the sites that has been adopted by Tampa Bay Green Consortium and semi-annual dive cleanups are conducted here to collect data and develop a trend analysis on marine debris.

At this event, we had volunteers from Eckard College’s Search and Rescue Team students (and other Eckerd volunteers), Stetson University, University of South Tampa, University of South Florida, Tampa Young Men’s Service League, RICOH, and other local volunteers.

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DIVE ARMY spent the week of 13 September- 21 September 2014 in Freeport, Grand Bahamas.

This week there were 8 certifications in AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, 8 AWARE Shark Conservation, 8 AWARE Sea Turtle Awareness, 3 AWARE Invasive Lionfish Tracker, 2 AWARE Dive Against Debris.

DIVE ARMY also hosted a DIVE against Debris collecting over 25 pounds of debris from the oceans.

 

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Ocean Encounters and a team of 16 volunteer divers remove over 96kg of debris off the Lions Dive House Reef near Bapor Kibra, Curacao!  This event was part of an Island Wide Curacao Clean Up Day... where over 200,000 people participated!!

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We had a great morning this morning with the Dive gainst Debris Dive at Harbour Village Marina and the dive site something special.

 

We had a team of 20 people diving and surface support helping bring the trash to the skip we had delivered from our local garbage collectors Selebon.

 

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Thank you to everyone who helped out yesterday on the Lembongan House Reef Cleanup DIve - we were a team of 13 divers that headed out and managed to collect 50kg of rubbish! All data has been recorded and sent in to Project AWARE and all particpants received Project AWARE certificates to thank them for their time and efforts. Tanks, boats, equipment and staff were all provided by World Diving Lembongan and divers were asked to make a small donation to Project AWARE instead of paying for the dive - we managed to collect just over 1,000,000 Rupiah for the cause - Awesome!!

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It was great fun joining the Calypso Team this 18th September for Dive Against Debris. IDC candidates, divers and staff all jumped in to remove trash from underwater. Marine debris does more than just spoil the beauty of our oceans; it is also a silent killer, choking and entangling marine animals and smothering coral reefs. Removing it is vital to the health of the reefs.

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