Project AWARE Underwater Beach Clean Up, 2008

Today was Project AWARE Underwater Beach Clean Up, 2008

And we choose Chaweng Beach to clean up. Under a beautiful sun, we gathered at 10 am in the morning for this years event of Project Aware's Clean up day the biggest worldwide underwater clean up event of its kind, organised by Project Aware.

Ready for action and to take on Chaweng Beach, from left to right Oliver (Divemaster), Jason (Divemaster), Dao (Open Water), Camille (Course Director), Michael (Samui International Diving School shop manager), Ella and Patrick (both Divemaster trainees).

Michael producing a cloud of dust whilst putting some debris in a bag.

Unfortunately the beach is littered with debris and that's what we tackled today.

About International Cleanup Day;

Project AWARE Foundation spearheads global underwater cleanups during International Cleanup Day and year round. This annual volunteer event addresses the devastating impact of marine debris on the aquatic environment.

Project AWARE empowers dive centers and individuals to clean the world’s oceans, lakes, rivers and shorelines. Volunteers take part in practical cleanup solutions and collect data which is vital for change.

International Cleanup Day is held annually on the 3rd Saturday in September but cleanup and data collection activities are supported by Project AWARE, partners and volunteers on an ongoing basis.

In 2007 a total of 358,617 recorded volunteers helped Project AWARE clean 34,560 miles of shoreline and remove seven million pounds of rubbish.

This is the kind of stuff one can find a couple of hundred meters off the beach!

Anybody in need of a second hand car tyre? Plenty of those around Chaweng Beach!

After the dive, still dripping wet and with 3 masks that I found wrapped around my BCD.

Dao after the dive. She and Jason found three bags worthwhile of trash and a couple of buckets along Chaweng Reef.

After the dive, after having collected around 12 bags full of trash, including 3 buckets and a basket, 3 masks, 2 snorkels, dozens of empty glass bottles, plastic bottles, cans, pieces of plastic and fabric in total weighing roughly 75 KG's!


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