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On Sunday, the Bubbles Dive Centre team, customers and fellow divers completed a ‘Dive Against Debris’ in Marsalforn Bay focusing on removing discarded rope.
The event, which is part of an International Project AWARE campaign, involves divers not only removing underwater debris but also the identification and documentation of everything collected underwater in a larger effort to prevent marine debris.
“Not only did we bring up a vast amount of discarded rope,” says David Hayler-Montague, Director of Diving at Bubbles Dive Centre, “but also a car seat, cans, plastics, metal pipes, clothes and even part of an intravenous drip which is very dangerous and hazardous waste.”
All the rubbish that was removed from the bay will either be recycled or disposed of correctly to make sure it no longer causes damage to the marine environment. Details of the debris have been recorded and sent to Project AWARE for analysis alongside data from similar events held around the World. This data will help drive changes in policies and infrastructure at local, regional and international levels.
“This was our biggest ‘Dive Against Debris’ to date and once again we organised this event to not only clean up the sea bed, but also to raise awareness of the problem in an effort to reduce the devastating impacts of debris”, Donna Hayler-Montague said, owner of Bubbles Dive Centre.
Nana Andersen, who organised Sunday’s event added “as divers we take so much pleasure from the sea, I hope this event will encourage all divers to work together to keep the seas clean.”
Dive Against Debris, is organised worldwide by Project AWARE Foundation, a nonprofit organisation mobilising divers to protect the ocean, has an underwater approach that’s totally unique. It’s a year-round, citizen science programme to tackle trash beneath the surface and address its negative impacts.
For additional information in Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris programme and to join the global movement for ocean protection visit www.projectaware.org.