Dive Against Debris for World Environment Day

On Friday 5th June, World Environment Day, the Big Blue team dived along the seafront at the front of our shop and collected marine debris. The eleven divers collected 785 pieces of rubbish weighing a total of 325Kg.

The majority of the rubbish was related to food and drink with 183 glass bottles, 31 plastic bottles and 107 aluminium cans removed from the seabed. We found 26 plastic cup, plates and cutlery. Considering they were banned just over 6 months ago it shows how long they stay in the marine environment.

Here is a full list of all the items collected

  • 8 Plastic grocery bags
  • 2 other plastic bags
  • 31 plastic beverage bottles
  • 1 other plastic bottle
  • 1 fishing float
  • 7 plastic lids
  • 1 piece synthetic carpet
  • 1 cigarette butt
  • 6 plastic takeaway containers
  • 26 plastic plates, cups, knives, spoons
  • 5 pieces of fishing line
  • 18 plastic food wrappers
  • 1 latex glove
  • 1 plastic mesh bag
  • 5 PVC pipes
  • 2 pieces of nylon rope
  • 5 pieces of scuba gear
  • 8 strapping bands/ cable ties
  • 27 plastic fragments
  • 2 batteries
  • 107 aluminium cans
  • 3 tin cans
  • 1 metal lid
  • 2 metal cutlery
  • 3 pieces of rebar
  • 8 pieces of wire
  • 35 metal fragments
  • 1 pieces of inner tube
  • 3 wood fragments
  • 4 burlap bags
  • 1 cloth bag
  • 10 pieces of rope and string
  • 3 cloth fragments
  • 1 paper bag
  • 8 cardboard boxes
  • 3 pieces of newspaper
  • 10 paper / cardboard fragments
  • 7 items of clothing
  • 2 shoes/boots
  • 1 generator
  • 41 pieces of fibreglass from boat hulls
  • 1 fiberglass pole
  • 3 coconut shells
  • 1 cattle leg bone
  • 1 chain
  • 1 umbrella
  • 1 carabina
  • 1 paintbrush
  • 2 sunglasses
  • 1 hammer
  • 1 calculator
  • 1 phone
  • 1 phone cover
  • 1 garden tool
  • 1 engin part
  • 1 tube of silica
  • 1 role of scotch tape
  • 2 clothes pegs (plastic)
  • 1 photograph

You can find details of all of our Dive Against Debris and information about the programme on the Project Aware website

Cheers!
Sorting and counting the rubbish
We found enough clothes to dress up one of our tanks
Jenifer using the calculator we found to add up the weight of the debris
Bringing the marine debris to shore
We can’t remove all debris. This glass bottle is embedded in coral and we would do more damage if we tried to remove it so it will stay in the reef

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