Action Highlights

Acquazzurra, a PADI 5 Star IDC Center in Rome, in cooperation with the municipality of Trevignano Romano and the beach resort Ultima Spiaggia, on September 15th organized a Dive Against Debris clean up day of the Bracciano Lake.

The event was a huge success: 42 people joined the event and 81,4 kg of marine debris have been successfully removed and disposed.

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Only divers have the skills to remove underwater marine debris so on Sunday 8th September 2013 at 5pm, 21 local divers got together for a Dive Against Debris event at Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas. The location was the coral reef surrounding the Anthony Bell shipwreck. Divers, working in teams, removed roughly 70lbs of debris including fishing line, lures, hooks, foam insulation, plastic pipes, plastic fragments, beverage bottles, rope, cloth and metal items.

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We had 29 volunteers of that 19 divers, 4 kayakers, 1 snorkeler and beach support.

Great group, great results - total weight between 380 - 395 kg of that 4 bags of recycling!

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On September 28, 2013, Green Smile, a NGO focusing in environmental protection will conduct a coastal clean-up action together with us.

The action will involve 100 divers to take part in the underwater clean-up and around 400 people to participate in the beach clean-up action, making total of 500 participants altogether. Together with this effort, Green Smile (www.greensmile.or.id) will also perform a campaign to fight marine debris at Jakarta's main road on September 15, 2013. With this effort we wish to gain more public awareness towards clean ocean and our future.

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Our FINathon, Swimming Against Finning, went really well! We were able to raise almost $1800!!

Not enough for a full head of aqua (Miranda was aiming for $1K before she would die her hair aqua) since she was a smidgeon short, but the store did raised over $1,000, so there are talks with her hair dresser about an aqua chunk/slice/section or some other similar consolation coloring.  

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On Sept 1st 2013 The Northeast Aquanauts Dive Club joined efforts with The NYSD & The NYPD to do our part for our dive site. Beach 6th Street in far Rockaway is our clubs home for local shore diving and since SANDY hit Long Island our dive site was in bad shape. Our members cleared over 2000 pounds of sand off the traffic circle and sifted the trash from that sand then properly relocated the sand.

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September begins! Unfortunately despite all of our preparations to start our underwater cleaning the sea had other ideas ... the Northern wind is back and the waves are now a few meters high. Since we had two repeat customers who wanted to dive one more morning with us, we decided to give it a go and went out on the boat earlier this morning. Silva Reef was our best protected option for dive sites, but still the visibility was down to less than 5 meters with a lot of surge.

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It looks like our regular cleanup efforts are working, we are finding less and less.

Here is a link to the Asbury Park Press coverage of my Project AWARE debris removal dive. The link includes an article and video.

http://www.app.com/article/20130825/NJNEWS/308250038/Manasquan-High-Scho...

 

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March 2013, a time to celebrate. The first step for the protection of manta rays was put into place, with Appendix II protection under CITES.

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Today was a great day to be a diver, as despite the rainy conditions, over 80 people from the 3 main local dive shops came out to support Gullivers Lake, our local dive quarry, for the largest ever post-storm clean up dive. After a dreadful storm ripped through Flamborough last week, Gullivers was closed for 6 days while the park was cleaned up. And while the topside looked

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