What to do on a sunny morning when the dive shop is quiet, all the chores are done and the temporary management want to go for a dive with a difference? Why not Dive Against Debris? That's what we did at Nautilus Watersports on Monday 18th April and it was a great way to spend the day.
On Saturday, April 9, 2016, 82 volunteer divers collected their tanks from Dive Friends Bonaire @ Yellow Submarine and headed over to Te Amo Beach to conduct a Dive Against Debris dive. In addition to being a dive site within Bonaire National Marine Park, Te Amo Beach is a popular site for food trucks, parties and BBQs. The jetty and the fuel pier are both used frequently by fishermen. Therefore, the beach and dive site were definitely in need of a little love from the mix of local residents and visiting tourists who all wanted to help the environment of Bonaire.
Sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems, because they maintain a balance the prey species populations, and keep the ocean healthy by removing ill or diseased animals. They are also an important resource supporting local economies through fishing and as an attraction to dive tourists. But sharks are in a global decline and we need to raise our voices and spread the message of our sharks.
The date is Saturday, 26/03/2016. The time is about 10:00 and the volunteers are starting to arrive at Diveness. We are so happy for our today’s cause! We are going to help at the protection of the environment.
We are 11 divers and 10 volunteers for surface support.
About 12:00 we‘re starting our action. We split our divers team in three teams with one leader each. We split the cleaning area in three and start the action!
We collected about 100 kilos of debris and reported to Project Aware for further analyzation and statistics!
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
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.
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.
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.
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