Divers to tackle underwater debris

KOTA KINABALU: Local scuba divers will ‘Dive Against Debris’on December 7 at Mamutik Island,Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

As part of Borneo Divers’ commitment to protect the ocean, trained divers not only remove underwater debris such as plastic bottles, fishing line and other debris, but also identify and document everything they see underwater in a larger effort to prevent marine debris.

Marine debris – or trash in the ocean – makes its way to the underwater environment by tonnes.  Borneo Divers along with their project partners and divers around the world are demanding a permanent reduction and prevention of the garbage which we created that damaged the sensitive marine ecosystems – even in some of the most remote corners of the globe.

Scuba divers are uniquely positioned to tackle the global marine debris issue, to take action everyday and prevent debris from entering the ocean.

In conjunction with Project AWARE ‘Dive Against Debris’ underwater clean up and awareness project, 18 contestants of the Miss SCUBA International Pageant 2011 will be joining Borneo Divers to make this project a meaningful and memorable experience.

Borneo Divers will take this opportunity to exhibit and fight against global warming through the use of organic enzyme as substitute to adhesive cleaning to create awareness among the 250 targeted participants led by Wong Tack, president of Sabah Environment Protection Association (SEPA).

Dive Against Debris, organized worldwide by Project AWARE foundation, a non-profit organization mobilizing divers to protect the ocean, has an underwater approach that is totally unique.

It is a year round, citizen science program to tackle trash beneath the surface and address its negative impact.

For additional information on Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program and to join the global movement for ocean protection, visit www.projectaware.org and you may contact Borneo Divers at 088 222226 or 013 8809227 to participate in the 7th December 2011 campaign.

Borneo Divers has in past many years exhibited other awareness program such as “No Plastic Bags”, “No Plastic Bottles” and “No Fish Feeding” that were supported and endorsed by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun. The campaigns were launched and kicked off in Project AWAREs.

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