We had a great morning on Sunday and got quite a good haul considering it was a first time for us and we only had approximately 0.5-1m vis. There wasn’t as much debris as I would have expected, especially closer into the wharf but we did come across a bottle pyramid quite far off shore which must be the distance a fisherman can throw a bottle from the wharf, and this will be a point of interest for future dives.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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!