Action Highlights

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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On the 22nd and 23rd of November, we did 2 dives at Pulau Hantu, to check the stretch of reef for its suitability for further Dive Against Debris actions in 2016.

The first dive was conducted in a southwards direction along the reef whilst the second was in a northwards direction to cover the majority of the extent of the reef.

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October to December is the rainy season in Nha Trang and hence, the debris washout to the ocean in Hon Mun marine park divesites is seen to be occuring. As a staunch marine conservationist and with the 100% support of Rainbow Divers Vietnam, I have embarked the Dive Against Debris event every friday of the week throughout this season to invite all our dive patron with the supervision of our trained DAD dive professional to constantly cleanup this part of the ocean.

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11月19日下午,我们前往Batu Ringgit进行了这次垃圾打捞活动。

一共有20名热心的爱好者参与了这次行动。在这里衷心地感谢大家。

我们这次打捞的垃圾大多是都是鱼线、渔网以及塑料纸和塑料口袋,以及拖鞋之类的生活和渔业垃圾。

而让我们欣喜的是,这一带的海洋在这一两年基本上没有太多的增加的垃圾。当地人看见我们去捡垃圾都很欢迎,而不是漠视。这对我们来说,是最大的鼓舞。

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