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The Florida Keys Community College Scuba Club, Environmental Club, PTK and faculty members teamed up to do a large scale clean up around campus. The cleanup started with a dive against debris in the FKCC lagoon. Ten Scuba Club members geared up and removed over 30 lbs of trash from the lagoon. In the meantime, the other club members walked the perimeter of the lagoon and mangroves surrounding campus. After the dive, all clubs got together and began their journey down College Road which is outlined by mangroves.

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For the second year running All 4 Diving Indonesia & Mermaid Liveaboards have joined forces to host an educational Earth Day 2015 support event for local school children in Bali, 30 kids from ‘Children from the Compassion International Child Development Program’ and C3 Church in Bali on Semawang Beach.

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For today's Earth Day we at Eco Divers Lembeh did a Dive Against Debris on one of our favourite dive sites in the Lembeh Strait, called Bianca. In total we removed 55kg of rubbish - not bad for only 3 divers! We are happy those materials won't harm any marine creatures anymore and look forward to diving there again to see many happy critters! :)

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The FKCC Scuba Club raised over $1,300 for Project Aware during their annual finathon this year! They have worked with other FKCC clubs including the Environmental Club and PTK to organize a large marine debris clean up to honor Earth Day tomorrow! 

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On Saturday, April 11, 2015, 117 volunteer divers gathered at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Dive Inn for the famous quarterly clean up dive.  Many STINAPA Junior Rangers and Sea Turtle Conservation volunteers were in attendance, as well as local and visiting divers.  The dive site being targeted for a “spring clean” was the South Pier.  South Pier is frequently in need of a clean-up dive because it is a popular destination for fishermen as well as the main pier used for cargo deliveries and cruise ships.

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Did a great dive at the Blowhole Sat 11 Apr 15 with 5 other instructors from Dive Oahu.  Picked 20#s of debris out of the ocean.  Mostly fishing gear, but the debris included parts of a lawn chair, the top to a kettle grill, and an Asian soup spoon.  Easy to organize, fun to do, and it makes a difference.  Had lots of interest from the tourists coming to see the Blowhole.  They were "shocked" to see six divers coming out of the surf with mesh bags, a chair frame, and a grill top!

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"Dive Against Debris Clean Up Dives at Hin Wong Bay and Lighthouse - 80 kg of litter including 95 plastic bags, 93 plastic bottles, and 38 aluminum cans.  #projectaware"

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On February 2nd, Rainbow Reef splashed just north of Molasses Reef to see what kind of junk/treasure we could find.  We had 14 divers combing over the area between Sand Island and Molasses Reef.  The divers stayed down for over an hour and we managed to bring up well over 200 pounds of marine debris!  Our most useful find was a brand new Atomic titanium knife.

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On Sunday 1st March 2015 the staff of Divers Down in Grand Cayman were joined by 10 volunteers in conducting a 2-tank clean-up dive trip. The 2 dives were done on sites in the George Town area that are not only popular with SCUBA divers, but also extremely popular with snorkel excursions from the Cruise ships due to their close proximity to the port.

Using equipment supplied by Divers Down and collection bags supplied by Project AWARE we embarked on our debris collection dives, arriving firstly at Cheeseburger Reef and then moving to the Wreck of the Cali for the second dive.

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We had a Pampered Chef party last month as our January social, benefiting Project AWARE.  With just a small crowd we raised $158!!!  

We all had fun, wine and made "sustainable" snacks. We can't wait for next year's annual event :-)

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