Action Highlights

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, 82 volunteer divers collected their tanks from Dive Friends Bonaire @ Yellow Submarine and headed over to Te Amo Beach to conduct a Dive Against Debris dive.  In addition to being a dive site within Bonaire National Marine Park, Te Amo Beach is a popular site for food trucks, parties and BBQs.  The jetty and the fuel pier are both used frequently by fishermen.  Therefore, the beach and dive site were definitely in need of a little love from the mix of local residents and visiting tourists who all wanted to help the environment of Bonaire. 

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Sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems, because they maintain a balance the prey species populations,  and keep the ocean healthy by removing ill or diseased animals. They are also an important resource supporting local economies through fishing and as an attraction to dive tourists. But sharks are in a global decline and we need to raise our voices and spread the message of our sharks.

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The date is Saturday, 26/03/2016. The time is about 10:00 and the volunteers are starting to arrive at Diveness. We are so happy for our today’s cause! We are going to help at the protection of the environment.

We are 11 divers and 10 volunteers for surface support.

About 12:00 we‘re starting our action. We split our divers team in three teams with one leader each. We split the cleaning area in three and start the action!

We collected about 100 kilos of debris and reported to Project Aware for further analyzation and statistics!

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I've taken on a fundraising challenge to raise funds and awareness for ocean protection. I've joined Project AWARE's Disneyland Half Marathon Team to help secure a brighter future for the health of our ocean and specifically declining shark and ray populations

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Lighthouse Bay is located on the North East coast of Koh Tao and renown for the beautiful corals and aquatic life along the reef.

Recently Sunshine Divers Divemaster Candidates conducted their Eco Dive along with guests for the Underwater Clean-up on the 13 March 2016. Conditions for the site were calm to enable divers to collect up to 35 kg of trash.  This included plastic bottles of up to 227 bottles along with fishing nets and candy wraps.  These items are of course a concern for the aquatic life where animals become entangled.

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My first Dive Against Debris! Twelve other divers and I collected 575.7 pounds of debris from this fishing harbor along the Straight of Juan de Fuca. A highlight for me was pulling out a beer can with a full grown helmet crab (Placetron wosnessenskii) inside. We had to cut it open to get her out. She must have wondered in as a little crab and had grown too big to ever get out again. We also saw lots of nudibranchs, algae, sea stars and crabs. Hopefully, with less plastic and entanglement hazards, the wildlife can now enjoy a healthier marine habitat.

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Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan, one of the 10 ASEAN Green Hotel Awardee organized the second Dive Against Debris,  supported by the City of Lapu-Lapu and the different organizations including Task Force Kalikasan and CFARMwhich. The event was participated by more than 80 divers from different dive shops – Scotty’s, Boyla, Sea Knights; government agencies – PCGA, PNP, LLCDRRMO, CENRO and Korean Divers from the Korean Diving Association, Coral Blue and the resort’s dive representatives from various operational department.

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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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