Action Highlights

This month Project Aware are celebrating the Debris Month of Action. In support of this worthy cause, the Dive Matters Team met early on Saturday 10th September at Dover Harbour, Kent.

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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

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Today we went diving/ snorkelling in Magana with the intention to clean up there. We could only find 4 kilos of debris including a bottle of Jack Daniel's. This made us very happy especially as onshore winds at this dive site tend to bring over some plastic bags etc. Despite a onshore wind also today, the beach, the surface and the sea were clean! :) 

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It was a rainy and cloudy morning on 5th September 2011. It was also an early 7am start on the 'day of rest' a Sunday! We packed up our car with diving gear and headed for the Jurassic Coastal town of Swanage, hoping that the sun would come out to play!

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Melbourne beach and underwater cleanup was conducted last Sunday at Williamstown Breakwater. The event went very well thanks to the organisation of Vision Divers. Vision Divers Jess, did a wonderful job with the raffle tickets, BBQ and keeping everyone in line. Peter also worked the BBQ well and gave a very detailed brief of what to lookout for when in the water.

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Our divers had a great day on Saturday at our annual Underwater Clean Up at Petone Wharf, Wellington, NZ. The sun was shining and the water was still in double figures - only just at 10 degrees! One of my Dive Master trainees helped to organise the event & briefed the 15 divers and 6 other volunteers who attended the event.

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As the weather cleared up on a casual Sunday evening, August 21, fourteen strangers gathered to share an experience which unknowingly created a sense of purpose in the world, and bonds that would last forever. The busy dive shop provided a place to meet, the ocean provided the site, the divers provided the passion to protect it.

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We were delighted to receive joint 3rd in the recent Global Scavenger Hunt and so I started badgering all the English newspapers in Malta in the hope that someone would realise the importance of this award. Our friends at Gozo News published the article (as they always do) but then there was silence.

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Our July Project AWARE beach clean up at our beach house dive centre on Gaya Island in Kota Kinabalu was a 329kg success! That's how much rubbish our 30 volunteers removed from the beaches, mangroves and shallow reefs near the dive centre.

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Saturday 30-07-2011

What a fantastic day it was!

It started with our monthly reef clean up, this time with Save Koh Tao and many other dive Centers!

We had a sing-up of 20 people to clean the reef of Aow Leuk on Koh Tao. It was a joint operation with Dive Centers like Crystal, Big Blue and many more...

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