The low season is a great time for getting all the dive school staff out for a clean-up. On September 24th we joined with other dive schools through the Save Koh Tao Marine Branch for a big clean-up in Sairee Beach.
After three months of trying to get to Sairee to conduct a clean up of one of Koh Tao’s busiest beaches we finally made it there thanks to a lull in the weather. With the wind blowing from the west these last few months and Sairee being exposed and shallow we were constantly pushed to the east side of the island.
So, although this is not my first Project AWARE dive that I have coordinated, here is my first blog: We had 100 local Tampa Florida volunteers and scuba divers participate in a combined event last Saturday, 17 September 2011, at the Jules Verne Park at Ballast Point Pier.
So it all came together on the day... having been in Dahab yesterday, I had spent a large chunk of time on my phone organising transport for our divers, making sure we had mesh bags on hand, and that everyone was still up for our house reef clean up this week.
I went to King Fisher Pond on Sept 10 to complete a Dive Against Debris dive. I deliberately choose the south entry of the Pond, to see the area that is more heavily used by fishermen and kayakers vs the north end that is used by divers. My buddy team surveyed an area about 100' by 100' for 40 minutes. We came up with 4.3 pounds of debris, which as you might suspect consisted primarily of beer cans & bottles (only 1 soft drink can was found), fishing line, plastic caps from water bottles, a lot of cigarette butts obviously flicked out into the water (at least t