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AWARE Week 2018 - Mission Exotic Completed in Malapascua!

Mission Exotic: Fishing net retrieved!
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During the past AWARE week (15th-23rd September 2018), Exotic team has found and retrieved a huge fishing net stuck underwater at Pawikan Hole--one of our local dive sites in Malapascua with beautiful corals.

Mission Exotic: Fishing net retrieved!
Mission Exotic: Fishing net retrieved!

It took two rice sacks to fill and we had to weigh them separately because it was too heavy! The total weight is 11.7kg+36.7kg=48.4kg--almost 50kg!!!

First Sack Weight is 11.7kg
First Sack Weight is 11.7kg
Second Sack Weight is 36.7kg
Second Sack Weight is 36.7kg

Because of the scale and condition of the fishing net, limited bottom time and not-so-ideal diving conditions, we decided to work together as a team to retrieve it and lifted it up using DSMBs rather than cut it into pieces to bring up separately. This way it is more efficient and less likely to get the fishing net fly away with the current then stuck again somewhere else.

Team work is the dream work!
Team work makes the dream work!
Using DSMB to lift up fishing net
Using DSMB to lift up fishing net

Once it's on the surface our experienced boat crew would come over and picked it up. It took us about half an hour to get the whole net untangled from the coral reef and safely up to the surface, despite the difficult conditions.

Boat crew lifting up fishing net on the surface
Boat crew lifting up fishing net on the surface
What a big pile!
What a big pile!

Good job to our local dive team: this is time and effort well spent to protect our beautiful ocean and dive sites. Yes it is important and meaningful, but it is also fun and challenging! Please join us for more dive against debris here at Exotic, together we can make a change!

Exotic Team on a Mission!
Exotic Team on a Mission!

 

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