Focusing on preventing debris underwater – One dive at a time
Local scuba divers and Skopelos Dive Center will Dive Against Debris today Saturday the 20th of September at Trahili bay on Skopelos. Trahili bay can be reached when you take the big dirt road that is in a big bend of the road before Panormos. After a couple of kilometers you reach the shore and the bay. As part of Skopelos Dive Center’s commitment to protecting the ocean, trained divers not only remove underwater debris such as plastic bottles, cans, nylon bags, fishing lines, etc, but also identify and document everything they see underwater in a larger effort to prevent marine debris.
The information below is from their press statement.
Marine debris – or our trash in the ocean – makes its way to our underwater environments by the ton. Skopelos Dive Center along with divers around the world are demanding a permanent reduction in and prevention of the garbage we create that damages sensitive marine ecosystems – even in some of the most remote corners of the globe.
“Our aims are: to aware local and guest divers in environmental issues, to clean up the beach and the bottom, to report the data from the survey dive and to initiate a temporal monitoring for the marine derbis”, Kostas Danis- Dive center’s manager, says. Skopelosnews has asked Kostas to take pictures and report back what was found at Trahili bay. Around 10.30 they will start to dive.
Scuba divers are uniquely positioned to tackle the global marine debris issue, to take action every day and prevent debris from entering the ocean. For more information on the ”Clean Up and Marine Debris Survey at Trahili”, visit https://www.facebook.com/SkopelosDiveCenter or contact us (email@example.com , 0030 6940 448000).
“A small cove with sandy bottom at one of the remotest parts of Skopelos. We like visiting this place because of its small beach and the bright colors underwater. Unfortunately there is a lot of trash in and out of the water”, a local diver comments.
Dive Against Debris, organized worldwide by Project AWARE Foundation, a nonprofit organization mobilizing divers to protect the ocean, has an underwater approach that’s totally unique. It’s a year- round, citizen science program to tackle trash beneath the surface and address its negative impacts.
For additional information in Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program and to join the global movement for ocean protection visit http://www.projectaware.org.
Skopelos Dive Center, support among others safe and response diving practices, conservation initiatives and field research in the extremely important and sensitive aquatic ecosystem of N. Sporades.
Project AWARE Foundation, a registered non-profit organization, mobilizes the world’s divers to protect our ocean planet – one dive at a time. Join the growing movement of divers striving toward a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet. http://www.projectaware.org