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underwater world cleans up
divers across Egypt headed out in force to clear reefs
of many tonnes of discarded waste for Project AWArE
annual clean-up day, which is part of a global event.
The 2009 International clean-up day is traditionally well
supported by red sea operators who often lead the way
BLUE received the following clean-up reports from cdWs dive centres:
in encouraging staff and guests to donate underwater liveaboard operator blue o two had divers from all three of its boats doing
time to collecting waste and recording data. their bit for the clean-up. MY blue horizon divers lifted waste from The
Aquarium dive site off hurghada. Around 10 kg of rubbish was collected by
This year plastic shards and cigarette butts were
the 20-strong team, including fishing line, electric tape, nets, newspaper,
singled out by Project AWArE as being among the
clothes, cable ties, and broken mask and fin straps. Between 0kg and 40kg
most dangerous garbage threat to the health of marine
of waste was removed by another team of 20 by M/Y blue Fin. The divers
ecosystems. The organisation said it estimated that
were operating at The Barge site, near small Gubal Island, hurghada.
about 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are thrown away each
year, and many of these find their way into the earth’s
completing the clean-up of a further 5kg to 10kg of rubbish at nearby Abu
waterways, oceans and into fish and bird food chains.
hashish dive site was a 16-diver team on board M/Y blue Melody (www.
cigarette butts were found to be big offenders by
volunteer divers collecting rubbish from the jetty of
Aquarius diving club brought together 40 volunteers from its red sea
centres to help with the effort on the shore as well as below the surface. The
shark’s Bay in sharm el sheikh. Much of the waste was
most common items found by its divers were fishing lines and plastic bags.
thought to have been discarded overboard by boat
Aquarius diving club spokesperson rehab El Gindy said: ‘We had teams
cleaning at ras umm hesiwa in Makadi Bay where they collected six bags of
organised by dive centre shark’s Bay umbi Village
trash, mostly made up from plastic bottles. Teams went to Palm Beach on
and joined by other guests and staff from sinai scuba,
the unused land next to the hotel, where we found enough plastic bags to
colona divers in sharm and the cdWs, the shark’s Bay
keep Metro (Egyptian supermarket chain) in business for ten years.
clean-up day saw everything from hundreds of plastic
bottle seals to tyres and ropes being lifted by divers. All
‘Also, we went to Giftun Island and only found 15kgs of total rubbish which
participants were treated to free beverages, lunch and
we were really surprised at, especially when you consider the amount of
people that visit the national park on a daily basis.’
cake at umbi Village for their efforts.
The dive centre said it is hoping to enrol the help of around 100 divers for
Issue  october / November 2009
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