Action Highlights

July 5th, the day after a major American holiday.  We expected rubbish build-up from post-celebration activities, but what we found was beyond belief.

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Saturday 21st June this year, marked the 8th Annual Reef Day event at The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island; in collaboration with WWF Malaysia. The theme this year was “Love the Ocean, Respect the Reef”.

The management and staff of Mataking Island were joined by WWF Malaysia, Green Semporna, Reef Check Malaysia, Wanita Pulau Omadal (WAPO), guests from the resort, students from SK St Patrick and SJK Sin Hwa in Tawau and SK Pekan Semporna and children from nearby Kalapuan. The PGA and Army based at Mataking also gave a hand.

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Thank you everyone for your help and support this reef cleanup.  The good news is that the amount of marine debris collected on the reef today was much less than our previous cleanup at this reef. This is great news and indicates that there is a degree of marine debris collection going on among the divers that dive this site throughout the year. I know that a few of the local dive shops request the divers pay attention and pick up any marine debris they find when they dive Spanish Rocks Reef, so this is good news for all.

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As with Action Scuba, we are a 100% AWARE dive store, during dive #4 of the PADI Search & Recovery specialty I always bring my students to pick up trash as part of the performance requirements.

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On May 10, 2014, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Dive Shop held their annual Splash for Trash event at Himalaya Bay.  Trash was collected both underwater and on land.  Approximately 733 lbs. of trash was collected on land in the areas bordering the ocean in the 10 hour period. Eighteen people participated this year.  Items collected included:

634 - plastic bags, food wrappers, cups and plates

733 - styrofoam cups, bowls, plates, food containers, meat trays

177 - glass beverage bottles

151 - Aluminum beverage cans and pull tabs

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We did a DAD at La Jolla Shores on 5-14-14 and, luckily, did not see too much debris, but brought back a little. Too little to weigh, which is unusual: last time, we brought back quite a bit of material. Will log that dive as well. 

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We've had a busy few weeks with the influx of whale sharks in Utila so our snorkel cleans had fallen by the wayside a little. However we brought it back today with a whopping 54 pounds (25 kilos) collected between just 6 of us! MORE

Thanks to all for participating in our Earth Day Cleanup at Mosquito Pier. We removed more than 40lbs of monofilament (wonder how many miles that is?), lots of cans, bottles and 2 old lobster traps (we were able to release all the critters that were trapped in them).

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We had another successful underwater cleanup on Sunday April 26th.  We were rained out on Saturday but nine volunteers cleaned up different parts of Little Pond in Morton Park, Plymouth MA on Sunday where we have conducted underwater cleanups at for many years.  Each year the pond looks better and this year we all saw more groups of small fish and more Turtles in different areas of the pond.  Many Thanks to all of our volunteers that made a differece this weekend!

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On Saturday, April 19, 2014, seventy-seven volunteer divers gathered at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Dive Inn for the latest quarterly clean up dive.  The dive site being targeted for a “spring clean” was the South Pier.  South Pier was definitely in need of a clean 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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