Action Highlights

I've taken on a fundraising challenge to raise funds and awareness for ocean protection. I've joined Project AWARE's Disneyland Half Marathon Team to help secure a brighter future for the health of our ocean and specifically declining shark and ray populations

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Lighthouse Bay is located on the North East coast of Koh Tao and renown for the beautiful corals and aquatic life along the reef.

Recently Sunshine Divers Divemaster Candidates conducted their Eco Dive along with guests for the Underwater Clean-up on the 13 March 2016. Conditions for the site were calm to enable divers to collect up to 35 kg of trash.  This included plastic bottles of up to 227 bottles along with fishing nets and candy wraps.  These items are of course a concern for the aquatic life where animals become entangled.

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My first Dive Against Debris! Twelve other divers and I collected 575.7 pounds of debris from this fishing harbor along the Straight of Juan de Fuca. A highlight for me was pulling out a beer can with a full grown helmet crab (Placetron wosnessenskii) inside. We had to cut it open to get her out. She must have wondered in as a little crab and had grown too big to ever get out again. We also saw lots of nudibranchs, algae, sea stars and crabs. Hopefully, with less plastic and entanglement hazards, the wildlife can now enjoy a healthier marine habitat.

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Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan, one of the 10 ASEAN Green Hotel Awardee organized the second Dive Against Debris,  supported by the City of Lapu-Lapu and the different organizations including Task Force Kalikasan and CFARMwhich. The event was participated by more than 80 divers from different dive shops – Scotty’s, Boyla, Sea Knights; government agencies – PCGA, PNP, LLCDRRMO, CENRO and Korean Divers from the Korean Diving Association, Coral Blue and the resort’s dive representatives from various operational department.

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I did a night dive with two friends on the Reef Balls Dive Site on 19 February.  This is a site that we had cleaned up last year on 24 July and is the home to about 8 turtles.  When we dived the site we were saddened to see a lot of underwater trash in the areas where the turtles like to sleep, particularly in the north-eastern corner of the sandy berms.  So the three of us decided to undertake a Dive Against Debris on Friday 26 February in order to clean up that area of the dive site and reduce the risk to our friends the turtles.  We collected 15 kg of trash in th

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Today we did our first dive against debris.  We did it at White Star Quarry  since we were going to dive there any way and had five participants.   It was a great day with the water temperature at 40 degrees and the air temp at 40 as well .  I took my camera along since there wouldn't that much trash that we would be able to find.  Being a popular place for divers, this place gets picked up regularly and the trash just disposed of.   I find that as a whole divers are pretty good about picking up trash in the places they frequen the most.

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Today I arranged an impromptu Dive Against Debris for a site that I surveyed last year, a site that I have wanted to repeat after witnessing a slow build up of trash.

After staffing an IDC last week where there were numerous Project AWARE themed presentations, I made loose arrangements with candidates to conduct this dive with the newer interns to help promote these events.

The 3 interns were all awarded the specialty rating 'Dive Against Debris' as a result of looking through the student materials and taking part in debris collection dives and data recording.

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Dive Friends Bonaire has been hosting our world famous quarterly underwater clean-up for over 10 years. This past Saturday, January 23, 2016 we’re proud to say that had the biggest turnout EVER with 135 volunteer divers!  We also had additional on-land support teams of the Dive Friends Bonaire crew to help divers in and out of the water and our non-diving team to sort and count the estimated 1 ton of garbage collected!

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In the end of 2015 I organized a fundraising to help SAVE our Sharks and the result is fantastic! In total an amount of 360 $ was raised! 

The fundraising had 2 different parts:

1. 1 Day event on location where people could donate on location through buying second hand clothes/scuba gear, play funny games etc.

2. Donation online through myoceanchallenge.

I want to thank everyone who supported the fundraising to help SAVE our Sharks! A new year has begun, so stay tuned for the next Shark AWARE fundraising to come.

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Today 6 of us met at a local fishing location in Crystal River, FL called the Mullet Hole. It was very cold this morning compared to the weather we've been having lately.

We split into 3 buddy teams and spread out around the fishing site. Today we mostly found soda bottles and aluminum cans. I expected to see quite a bit more fishing debris. The bottom was covered with an algea that when disturbed silted the water so we had to be careful about disturbing the bottom.

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