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African divers blue o two colona
underwater world cleans up
shark’s Bay dive Point Euro divers
desert divers
dive Point
Aquarius
the 2010 International clean-up day. (www.aquariusredsea.com) Euro divers gathered together a 50-strong team at club Med El
Gouna and Grand hotel hurghada to remove more than 200kg of
hurghada-based colona divers reported on similar plastic waste
debris from the dive sites of El sawa and Magawish. (www.euro-
stories to other dive centres by filling six dive crates with discarded
divers.com).
rubbish from a surface clean up of the Magawish swiss Inn resort,
where the dive centre is located. (www.colona.com) dahab-based desert divers marked the Project AWArE day and the
last day of ramadan on the 19 september by cleaning up Wadi Gnai
dive-Point, located in the southern part of hurghada, collected
(a desert valley 15km south of dahab) in preparation for the Big Feast.
an astonishing 400kg of rubbish topside and underwater near its
The southern area is popular with divers. dive clothing company
coral Beach hotel resort. A total of 15 guests joined its staff to pick
seven Tenths funded the rubbish truck to pick up around 500kg of
up many plastic bags and bottles, as well as old ropes, cans, three
rubbish from the valley. At sunset, everyone who took part shared
canisters of oil and old engine parts. (www.dive-point.com)
their last ramadan breakfast in traditional Bedouin style. read more
In the sinai resort of Nuweiba a team organised by African divers about desert divers’ contributions to the environment in Green Team,
also collected an impressive 400kg haul of rubbish from beaches and page 20-21.
underwater sites in the area. It estimated that 1km of fishing line was
last year 90,881 volunteers from 110 countries participated in
cut off some of the most frequently dived reefs in the area.
Project AWArE’s International clean-up day. data collected by
‘The rubbish was mostly plastic bottles and bags, but also divers during International clean-up day is reported in the ocean
shattered glass, metal tins, polystyrene and some building rubble,’ conservancy’s Marine debris Index demonstrating data collected
said African divers managing director daniel Pikarski. (www. and tallied by volunteers worldwide. underwater data is also used in
africandiversnuweiba.com.) a special report on marine litter by the united Nations Environment
Program, called Marine litter: A Global challenge.
The dahab Environmental support centre organised two clean-ups
of its local area with the help of instructors and guides from many ‘When divers go out as volunteers and collect data, as well as the
cdWs centres. It cleaned up rubbish blown on to the reefs and shores trash itself, they are having an impact in the long run in finding a
around the laguna following the holiday of Eid, which coincided with solution to the problem,’ said Jenny Miller Garmendia, director of
the Project AWArE official date. (www.dahab-info.com/vr) Project AWArE. www.projectaware.org
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