We look out over the wide blue expanse of ocean and see beauty far beyond our clear vision. However, debris is a common problem that continues to be problematic for our marine environment. It is a controllable situation if we just put our efforts into preserving what is considered one of the finest gifts of nature.
You can organize a ‘Dive Against Debris’ in your own local ocean community. Instead of loading your bag with lobsters, fill it with debris so we can preserve the splendor of our underwater world. Project Aware has all the information and tools that you will need to get started. This global effort that the organization has been undertaking is making great strides in cleaning up our oceans and connecting your underwater actions to policy changes and prevention.
Recently, Bonaire became the place to feel the benefits of a movement of divers striving to clean up our outstanding ocean. Dive Friends Bonaire @Yellow Submarine used an absolutely perfect dive morning to carry out their plan with the assistance of 120 volunteer divers. Discarded fishing line poses the most serious threat, especially for the sea turtles. Amazingly enough, over 2,171 items of marine debris were removed including 252 pieces of fishing line, 796 bottles, 139 beverage cans, 134 plastic fragments, 8 toothpaste tubes, 65 plastic cups, 63 cloth fragments, 11 cardboard boxes, 26 ropes and batteries, 39 shoes, 1 Speedo and more. Bonaire is on a continuous mission of coastal clean-up all year round. With backing of sponsors Ouray Sportswear, Bonaire East Coast Diving, Deep Blue Gear, Bonaire Marine Park, Selibon Bonaire Food Group, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Reef Safe Suncare, Your Scuba Store, Body Glove, Native Outfitters and Reef Footwear, it was bound to be a successful day in the water. If it sounds like something you would love to get involved in, the next cleanup event is October 12, 2013. Go to: www.dive-friends-bonaire.com/activities.html#cleanups.
Also coming up is another exciting and exhilarating Dive Against Debris event on Saturday, August 17, 2013, that will take place on Australia’s Gold Coast in Brisbane. This picturesque paradise will be even more inviting once the debris is collected and disposed of with the help of eco-conscious divers.
Making sure we take care of our oceans makes for a much better dive experience. Anyone can take part or organize their own ‘Dive Against Debris’ movement. Find out what you need and how easy it can be at: http://www.projectaware.org/project/dive-against-debris.