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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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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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Thomas Koch’s Aqua Hands hosted a FINathon fundraiser event on December 7, 2014 at the beautiful Long Center Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida.  In attendance were seventeen children and their parents and everyone had a grand time, both in and out of the pool!  They were pleasantly surprised  by the famous Phinley, the mascot of the Clearwater Threshers baseball team.   He has made a promise to return for the second annual Aqua Hands FINathon in 2015 and it is hoped his appearance will eventually become a tradition. 

 

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This was Co.Co Dive’ s first Finathon and also a first ever in Sarawak. It was a cold and wet start to the day, we were at the dive shop at 5am collecting everything we needed for the day to ensure the children would be comfortable for their swim; masks, snorkels, fins & wetsuits.    As we arrived at the school it was pitch black the rain had let up slightly so we we’re a little happier. Joanna, from Project Aware, had called the day before and promised me that the sun always shines for these events so my fingers were crossed. MORE

12/6/2014 Ocean plus Dive Company orgnized a Beach and Underwater Clean up. Lot of friends joined with us. For our beautiful island, for our beautiful ocean. Every care, every help is counts!

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Today was a great opportunity to give something back to Wellers Rock, one of our main training sites, by participating in Dive Otago's Dive Against Debris and Specialty Course. 20 divers braved a ominous looking forecast to do their bit to preserve our marine environment. Of those 20, 4 of us took the extra challenge of completing the Dive Against Debris Specialty course.

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