Dive Against Debris taking place this Sunday at Marsalforn

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Dive Against Debris taking place this Sunday at MarsalfornBubbles Dive Centre in Marsalforn is inviting scuba divers to join them at their Dive Against Debris event this Sunday. The focus of the dive will be to remove the vast amount of discarded rope from the sea bed in the bay.

In the 2011 Dive Against Debris event, an 8-strong team armed with mesh collecting bags spent an hour collecting rubbish from the sea bed. The result was an estimated 25 kilos of a variety of marine debris including plastics, 20 metres of discarded rope, glass bottles, batteries, cigarette lighters, clothing, scrap metal, a boat throttle and what appeared to be the top of roof water tank.

The event is one of a series of actions which the Bubbles Dive Centre said forms part of its commitment to protecting the marine environment.

“Marine debris is responsible for the death of thousands of marine animals and seabirds every year. For example sea turtles digest plastic in the water mistaking it for jellyfish. Ingesting plastic leads to a slow and painful death for the turtle. At Bubbles Dive Centre we have made a commitment to working with divers to address marine debris issues locally and contribute to the global view of marine debris underwater,” says David Hayler-Montague, Director of Diving at Bubbles Dive Centre.

Donna Hayler-Montague, owner at the Centre said, “we would love to see as many people as possible participating in this important campaign and we welcome all divers to come and join us on Sunday. We will supply air and any equipment divers need for free.”

For more information or if you would like to book your place for the Dive Against Debris event in Marsalforn taking place this coming Sunday, the 26th of August pop into the dive centre or email info@diving-gozo.com or contact Bubbles Dive Centre on 2702 8299.

Dive Against Debris, organized worldwide by Project AWARE Foundation, a nonprofit organization mobilising divers to protect the ocean, has an underwater approach that’s totally unique. It’s a year-round, citizen science program to tackle trash beneath the surface and address its negative impacts.

For additional information in Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program and to join the global movement for ocean protection visit www.projectaware.org.

Photo shows the results from the Dive Against Debris at Marsalforn in 2011.

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