plastic

Datum: 
Sep. 01/11
Location: 
Emperor Divers Nuweiba
Egypt
28° 58' 34.5072" N, 34° 40' 34.5468" E

On every dive we will collect rubbish this month, as we always do. But this month being the Project Aware Dive Against Debris month, we hope to find even more volunteers showing their love for a clean ocean. We will also organise beach clean ups and rubbish collections in areas of our village where wind can easily "feed" the sea, in particular with plastic bags and bottles. Every Friday we will have a special offer on 3rd dives. Please check for updates. We look forward to seeing you :)  

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So today's little dive on the House Reef was a real success - I collected 2  bags full of trash / treasure... which amounted to - 17 plastic water bottles, 18 bottle caps, 2 plastic shampoo bottles, 4 food wraps / pots, 1 metal can and 2 flip flops - I'm just not going to comment on the flip flops any more!!! Great visibility on the dive and I also saw a lion fish, leopard flounder, lots of butterfly fish and a a spotted puffer! At the moment I feel like a real eco warrior - protecting the ocean planet one dive at a time! 

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Woo hoo!! Day 3 of my pledge to collect trashy marine treasure was a great success. Back out on the House Reef and today's haul was: 16 plastic drinks bottles, 1 plastic shampoo bottle, 16 plastic food pots (yoghurt pots), 1 flip flop (I still don't understand the amount of flip flops out there!), 1 piece of nylon rope and a badminton shuttlecock?????? Job done for the day. Back out with my collection bag tomorrow - one person can make a difference - in just 3 days that's a lot of plastic.......

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Crescent Bay, Laguna, CA

Beautiful dive site, without the anthropogenic debris. Thought I was coming upon a large jellyfish, until I got closer and saw the silver inseam down the middle. I stuffed this into my bag on my last dive there, along with an old soda top and a piece of caution tape from the Laguna PD. Perhaps I should have handed it back to them with a citizens lawsuit.

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So here’s my first weekly eco blog about diving around Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida!! This week I dived at the new manta point and was delighted to see a new young manta ray there but was soon disappointed when I noticed it had fishing line attached to its right pectoral fin and trailing down it’s back. The manta was still and alone when I saw it and I tried to approach slowly hoping to be able to cut the wire so it wasn’t trailing – I couldn’t get close enough though and the manta slowly swam out into the blue.

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So here’s my first weekly eco blog about diving around Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida!! This week I dived at the new manta point and was delighted to see a new young manta ray there but was soon disappointed when I noticed it had fishing line attached to its right pectoral fin and trailing down it’s back. The manta was still and alone when I saw it and I tried to approach slowly hoping to be able to cut the wire so it wasn’t trailing – I couldn’t get close enough though and the manta slowly swam out into the blue.

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This year we conducted 2 beach clean ups, a reef clean up dive & a Coral Watch survey snorkel, all on 22nd April - Dive For Earth Day. We were busy!! These activities were conducted with the involvement of: diving & non diving guests; Blue Guru & Golden Buddha Resort staff and 2 local Thai fishermen.

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Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, Malaysia held a cleanup in November 2010 month at Gaya Island with one very clear message “ Say No to Plastic Bags”. With help from the Asian Tourist International College the group of 30 volunteers collected 280 Kilograms of plastic, 10 kilograms of plastic bottles and 89 kilograms of tyres.

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