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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

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Today we did our first dive against debris.  We did it at White Star Quarry  since we were going to dive there any way and had five participants.   It was a great day with the water temperature at 40 degrees and the air temp at 40 as well .  I took my camera along since there wouldn't that much trash that we would be able to find.  Being a popular place for divers, this place gets picked up regularly and the trash just disposed of.   I find that as a whole divers are pretty good about picking up trash in the places they frequen the most.

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Today I arranged an impromptu Dive Against Debris for a site that I surveyed last year, a site that I have wanted to repeat after witnessing a slow build up of trash.

After staffing an IDC last week where there were numerous Project AWARE themed presentations, I made loose arrangements with candidates to conduct this dive with the newer interns to help promote these events.

The 3 interns were all awarded the specialty rating 'Dive Against Debris' as a result of looking through the student materials and taking part in debris collection dives and data recording.

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Dive Friends Bonaire has been hosting our world famous quarterly underwater clean-up for over 10 years. This past Saturday, January 23, 2016 we’re proud to say that had the biggest turnout EVER with 135 volunteer divers!  We also had additional on-land support teams of the Dive Friends Bonaire crew to help divers in and out of the water and our non-diving team to sort and count the estimated 1 ton of garbage collected!

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In the end of 2015 I organized a fundraising to help SAVE our Sharks and the result is fantastic! In total an amount of 360 $ was raised! 

The fundraising had 2 different parts:

1. 1 Day event on location where people could donate on location through buying second hand clothes/scuba gear, play funny games etc.

2. Donation online through myoceanchallenge.

I want to thank everyone who supported the fundraising to help SAVE our Sharks! A new year has begun, so stay tuned for the next Shark AWARE fundraising to come.

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Today 6 of us met at a local fishing location in Crystal River, FL called the Mullet Hole. It was very cold this morning compared to the weather we've been having lately.

We split into 3 buddy teams and spread out around the fishing site. Today we mostly found soda bottles and aluminum cans. I expected to see quite a bit more fishing debris. The bottom was covered with an algea that when disturbed silted the water so we had to be careful about disturbing the bottom.

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Every week Oceans 5 organises either a Beach Clean Up or a Dive Against Debris action to take care of the environment and keep the harbour clean.

 

On Friday 4th December 2015, a small team gathered together to collect about 25Kg or rubbish.  The usual items, such as straws, flip flops and cigarette butts were collected, however there were some stranger items.  

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Big Blue had another successful Dive Against Debris this weekend. Eight divers collected 223kg of rubbish from the sea floor along the seafront in Port Vila. Thanks to Richard, Russell, Georgina, Jan, Any, Ray, Luaki and Sam who were the underwater crew. Thanks also to Freddie, Erin and David on the boat and to Christina and Michelle on land. 

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A massive thank you to all of the volunteers that got involved in the latest dive against debris event and huge congratulations to Katharina Pleyer for completing her Dive Against Debris Speciality.

 

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The weather was a bit rough in the morning, but nothing to prevent us from going out diving. No, the weather was not our main cause of concern, it was an entirely different issue, a quite unnatural and manmade one, and it was the debris covering the beautiful historic wreck we were going to dive at.

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