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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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February 2, 2015 DIVE ARMY completed an AWARE Dive Against Debris. Thanks to Rainbow Reef Dive Center.  At 1230 pm 15 participants that included a PADI Course Director, 2 PADI Master Instructors, a bunch of MSDTs, Instructors and Dive Masters headed out to Molasses Reef to dive the Deep ledge to clean up the reef.  A lot of monofilament line, braided line, ropes, traps, and weights were found.  This is indicitive of a fishing community as one would expect to find in the keys.

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After few weeks of discussion about where to organize my next Beach Cleanup, I ended up realizing that it was right here , at our doorstep, that we should do something! I went to talk to the Azanzi Hotel manager, who promised me to send some of his staff. I got in contact with Theresia, from Zanzrec, the recycling company. She is always willing to help and this project was a good opportunity. I went on making flyers, and deposited them in the surrounding hotels, on the east coast of the island. I put some more of them in town.

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I started 2015 attending a New Years Day dive at Sand Harbor State Park located at Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  The New Years Day dive is an annual event that brings local Nothern Nevada divers and dive centers together for a day of diving and friendship.  I represent Tahoe Dive Center at this annual event and was diving with a divemaster who regularly works with me.

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Hin Wong is a beautiful bay on the island of Koh Tao but unfortunatly each year the winds and tides bring along a whole bunch of marine debris which colect on the small beach at Hin Wong.

We are lucky on Koh Tao to have such a great comunity spirit so it was easy to find people interested in helping to clean up what we could.

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Today I did the first Dive Against Debris Survey together with Maike Vlassak. We took out 11kg of trash and sorted and reported it here. Not bad for a first try! Ready to teach next year!

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Tampa Bay Green Consortium’s President, Dan Fisher, is the 2014 recipient of Keep America Beautiful’s top accolade, the Iron Eyes Cody Award.  Dan will officially receive the award at Keep America Beautiful’s 62nd annual National Conference in Washington, D.C., January 27-29.   

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On the 5th December of December 2014, twelve gap year students and two carers from around the U.S arrived at Easy Divers on the small island of Nangyuan in the gulf of Thailand.

The group was part of an organization called Adventures Cross Country (ARCC) who had spent 3 months traveling around Thailand volunteering within the community.

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