Again we got the usual Eco Warriors together for another clean up of Haad Salad Reef on Koh Phangan, a few days previous to this I took Dan on a peak performance buoyancy specialty and learnt that alot of coral on the east side of the reef around 3-7m was covered in nets, bottles, anchors and plastic bags. So I set out on a mission to assemble the Eco Warriors lol That being said its not exactly hard becuase we all love diving haad salad reef with good vis and recently we have been blessed by the gods of diving visibility.
Today we had a great cleanup at one of our favorite dive spots, the Rompeolas, which also turns out to be one of the more popular spots for locals to hang out and do some fishing. We cleaned over 36,000m2 underwater thanks to the help from our 16 volunteers. The activity went on without a hitch. Everyone made their dive plan, and dove it in buddy teams. We even had Scallywag the Vieques Diving Dog help us out with the cleanup! Around 120lbs of trash were collected and sorted. What was the item we found most? Cans. Specially beer cans and fishing line with hooks and sinkers.
I can say that. Not because there were 26 of us, not because we had an entire boat to ourselves and not even because it was yet another sunny day in Utila. Today was a good day because our Dive Against Debris yielded less debris than we actually anticipated. That's a win for the Bay Islands and its reefs!
Our Finathon is finally done and it was a great success. Huge thanks to Lisa Smith, Nancy Grodberg, Haydie Callaghan, Carol Ward, Jamie Graham, Meggie O'Neil, Jim Kenney, Mike Fagan and Michael McCallion for swimming and diving in support of this Finathon. Our success wouldn't have happened without all of you and you all have my sincerest thanks. Special thanks go out to our deck support in Laura McGlynn and Mike Merriman and to our cheering section with Jackie Avery, Joe McCallion, Rylee McCallion and Rich Wallace and of course, thanks to the W
Unseasonably warm temperatures above water drew an enthusiastic group of divers today. Water temperature was a balmy 39F. A small amount of debris was retrieved from this site much to the pleasant surprise of everyone! The site is located within city limits and most believed more debris would be present. The dive had some very interesting aspects to it, such as whether a large structure was a barge or a wreck. We had several items which divers debated on whether or not to remove; you could see the debate on there faces. A rather large glove that had a large clump of eggs an kelp attached.
What better way to end the year than by teaming up with a group of local enthousiasts to give back to mother nature. On December 30th, 2013 Bay Islands College of Diving teamed up with the Utila Iguana Research and Breeding Station to give the beautiful little Airport beach a much deserved make-over.
Utila's newly elected mayor, Troy Bodden, reacted swiftly to the Facebook call to action to provide a truck and driver for the day to bring about 25 volounteers to the north-east side of our beautiful island.
A keen group of divers braved the -10 c weather (-15c windchill) to clean up the Prospect Wharf area today! A good time was had and approximately 100lbs of debris was removed from our ocean! Good job to all and see you next month!