Action Highlights

The third weekend in September marks the annual global movement to Clean Up The World. It’s funny how living on a small island makes your world shrink and your love of the immediate surroundings grow. At B&J Diving Centre, our office is the South China Sea and our playgrounds are the reefs and wrecks around Tioman Island. We are passionate about our dive sites; we want to keep them clean and healthy for all the divers of future generations to come.

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We had a great dive cleanup at Ballast Point Park and Pier.  This is one of the sites that has been adopted by Tampa Bay Green Consortium and semi-annual dive cleanups are conducted here to collect data and develop a trend analysis on marine debris.

At this event, we had volunteers from Eckard College’s Search and Rescue Team students (and other Eckerd volunteers), Stetson University, University of South Tampa, University of South Florida, Tampa Young Men’s Service League, RICOH, and other local volunteers.

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DIVE ARMY spent the week of 13 September- 21 September 2014 in Freeport, Grand Bahamas.

This week there were 8 certifications in AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, 8 AWARE Shark Conservation, 8 AWARE Sea Turtle Awareness, 3 AWARE Invasive Lionfish Tracker, 2 AWARE Dive Against Debris.

DIVE ARMY also hosted a DIVE against Debris collecting over 25 pounds of debris from the oceans.

 

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Ocean Encounters and a team of 16 volunteer divers remove over 96kg of debris off the Lions Dive House Reef near Bapor Kibra, Curacao!  This event was part of an Island Wide Curacao Clean Up Day... where over 200,000 people participated!!

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We had a great morning this morning with the Dive gainst Debris Dive at Harbour Village Marina and the dive site something special.

 

We had a team of 20 people diving and surface support helping bring the trash to the skip we had delivered from our local garbage collectors Selebon.

 

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Thank you to everyone who helped out yesterday on the Lembongan House Reef Cleanup DIve - we were a team of 13 divers that headed out and managed to collect 50kg of rubbish! All data has been recorded and sent in to Project AWARE and all particpants received Project AWARE certificates to thank them for their time and efforts. Tanks, boats, equipment and staff were all provided by World Diving Lembongan and divers were asked to make a small donation to Project AWARE instead of paying for the dive - we managed to collect just over 1,000,000 Rupiah for the cause - Awesome!!

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It was great fun joining the Calypso Team this 18th September for Dive Against Debris. IDC candidates, divers and staff all jumped in to remove trash from underwater. Marine debris does more than just spoil the beauty of our oceans; it is also a silent killer, choking and entangling marine animals and smothering coral reefs. Removing it is vital to the health of the reefs.

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Calypso divers, IDC candidates and staff all jumped in to Dive Against Debris this 18th September!

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FORT LAUDERDALE --  Over 120 volunteers consisting of local divers, snorkelers, surfers and beach-goers participated in the first annual  SOS Ocean Clean-Up to help support the Project AWARE movement for a trash free ocean and environment. Volunteers collected over 92 pounds of trash!  The 4 hour event was held Saturday, September 6, 2014 on East Las Olas Blvd & A1A along Fort Lauderdale Beach followed by a Volunteer Awards & After Party at Quarterdeck’s sponsored by SweetWater Brewing.

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0n Saturday September 13th, 24 of my diving friends and myself completed another Dive Against Debris Lake clean up at our favorite beach dive site at Lake Pleasant in Arizona.  In a 2 hour period my team pulled out approx. 50 aluminum cans, 40 plastic bottles, plastic bags, pieces of plastic sheeting, shoes, gloves, fishing lures, fishing line, rope, a large piece of carpet, a couple metal poles, a 5 gallon plastic bucket and a lot of miscellaneous trash.  After we hauled our trash up the hill back to our cars we had a potluck BBQ with tons of great food and new friends.

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