Super Divers Phuket PADI 5 Star Dive Center arranged a dive site clean-up day aboard MV Freedom Dolphin.
Action began with the leader of the project giving a briefing to the volunteers onboard about the importance of keeping our oceans clear of rubbish and sharing some of the quite astonishing facts about the amount of debris, that ends up in our oceans every year.
The cleanup was on a purely voluntary basis and we are delighted to announce that everyone on board got involved to do their bit to raise awareness, gather rubbish and other items which don’t belong in our ocean. A huge thank you to the 40+ volunteers who took part!
Some of the plastic and rubbish collected during the day
Plastic and Rubbish Collected fro Phuket Scuba Diving Sites
The really amazing news is that we gathered very little debris, a testament to the great job that all those that dive at our sites around Phuket are conscious to collect anything that shouldn’t be in the Sea. The small amount we did recover will now be registered with Project Aware broken down into type, amount and which dive site the cleanup took place at.
Plastic and fishing line were the main culprits of the day *sigh* but not to be too disheartened, we feel proud that we raised awareness of this global issue and how every little bit really does help!
Super Divers team promoting PADI Project Aware in Phuket
Marine Debris has become a huge environmental problem!
As quoted by Project Aware: ‘Marine debris is not only unsightly, it’s dangerous to sea life, hazardous to human health, and costly to our economies. Marine animals become entangled in debris, and even mistake it for food, often with fatal results. Divers, swimmers and beach goers, can be directly harmed by encounters with marine debris or its toxins. The environmental damage caused by plastic debris alone is estimated at US$13 billion a year’.
Video Credit: Project Aware – The Ugly Journey of Our Trash
Sobering facts in this video about the impact we have on our planet.
We will continue to complete regular clean ups at our dive sites, help to raise awareness and educate to keep our oceans free of debris.