Posts Tagged ‘Dive Against Debris’

Dive Against Debris in Tenerife

Monday, December 14th, 2015

12Dive Dive against Debris 12122015We are very proud to announce that 12Dive, the PADI 5 Star IDC Centre in Tenerife, organized the second Project AWARE Dive against Debris in Tenerife.

After a very successful first Dive against Debris in Tenerife on the 12th of September 2015, the two owners of 12Dive in Tenerife, Mark Vanderhaegen & Alejandro Huitron de Velasco decided to organize, exactly three months later, another successful Beach Clean-up and Project AWARE Dive against Debris.

The event happened on the 12th of December 2015 on the Playa La Caleta in Adeje – Tenerife and was again a very successful happening.

 

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More than six million tons of marine litter is estimated to enter the ocean each year. Once there, our trash accumulates and includes everything from plastic bags, food wrappers and drink bottles to car batteries, fishing nets and industrial waste. Pervasive debris kills wildlife, destroys habitats and threatens our health and economy. Found in even the most remote ocean places, once underwater, debris can remain for generations. Together, we can stop marine debris by taking local action and supporting policy change.
Together we can make a difference – together we can save our oceans, the environment and at the end our beautiful blue planet!

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12Dive is a great example how it can be done and how to involve a lot of people in this
movement. Thanks to 12Dive and their commitment to take care of our oceans and of our world – we can make a difference and a better world.

A Plastic Poem from Steve Andrews in 2010:

Plastic packaging and plastic rings,

Plastic bags for more plastic things,

Plastic bottles for the water you drink,

But plastic causes death so stop and think!

Millions of sea birds and turtles painfully die,

After eating plastic that floats on by,

Plastic thrown away and out of reach,

Ends up as plastic sand on a plastic beach,

Plastic sold for consumer cash

Fills our oceans with plastic trash.

Copyright © 2010 Steve Andrews

 

Thank you 12Dive in Tenerife to be such a strong leader to fight against pollution in the oceans.

The world needs more like you guys!

12Dive AWARE

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Wow what an amazing day at Alcala!!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Articel and Media supplied by Martin from 12Dive in Tenerife

IMG-20150904-WA0003Wow what an amazing day at Alcala!!

Perfect weather, clear, sunny and hot, just how we all like it here in Tenerife!!
The day started off as you would imagine when you’re organising a big event, trying to sort out where the gazebos were going, when the sound guy’s would arrive, arranging electricity, (the phrase running around like headless chickens come to mind!). Within one hour we had managed to transform Alcala jetty into an organised thing of beauty, music playing, BBQ fired up and everyone smiling, happy, ready and raring to get the clean up on the way and to get as much rubbish as humanly possible!

11169074_10153585370019417_2155641005228847472_oFirst though was the serious bit of paperwork and a full dive briefing conducted in two different languages, by our very own joint owner Alex. Once completed everyone was split into small sized groups and was advised which area they would be cleaning.

Geared up and ready to go diving all volunteers were given a pair of safety gloves and a mesh bag to collect the trash. Group by group at 10 minute intervals, giant strided into the water and descended into the bay, with land support ready to collect anything they found and place it in to the skip.

11998991_10153581682559417_2352410590523200441_nAbout 45 minutes after the first group went down the teams started came back with bag after bag of cans, glass and plastic bottles, rope even tractor tires, sun loungers and large metal frames (from what I don’t know), by the end of the day we ended up collecting approximately 75kg of rubbish.

11951468_10153585366904417_158263078759772866_oThe best part of the day (besides collecting all the rubbish of course) was that after you finished diving there was a great atmosphere and buzz around, people knowing they had done something really special to help the local environment and after all our hard work it was time to relax with a burger and beer or ice tea.

We at 12dive would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in this very successful beach and underwater clean up in Alcala!!

 

Special thanks to all our sponsors:

PADI and Project AWARE

Ayuntamieno En Guia de Isora.

Venture Restaurants.

Gourmetland.

Creventy andTenerife shows.

Palm Beach Surfing Experts.

Gomera Producciones.

La Huerta Design.

Oasis FM radio.

CW canaries weekly news paper.

Bubles filling station.

Akustito Cocktails.

Aqualung.

Espiritu de Buceo, with the firedepartment.

Transporte Sanitario for the Ambulance.

Firio Hielo.

Eco oceanos.

MAEL

NA Arte

Tied Tiempo radio

Radio los Gigantes Y Televisión los Gigantes.

Radio Sur.

This time around we are going to be cleaning La Caleta beach on Saturday 12th December from 9.30am. We would like to welcome everyone to come down and help out, divers and non-divers alike. We know this event is going to be bigger and we hope with your help we can make it even more successful than the last.

If you are a certified diver and want to help on the underwater clean up, please bring proof of your certification and insurance, if you don’t have insurance, don’t worry you can purchase a day’s insurance from us for only 6Euros.

Non divers will take part in the beach clean-up, and once we have all finished there will be a BBQ, Bar and Music on site. With an excellent response from people wanting to sponsor the event, check out our 12dive Facebook page for regular updates on what other exciting things will be happening on the day!!!

 

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Project AWARE Success at DEMA 2015

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Dive Against Debris Workshops DEMA 2015The annual DEMA Show put on by the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association is more than just a scuba diving trade show – it’s the dive industry’s event of the year.

With diving equipment manufacturers, training and certification organizations, apparel producers, travel companies and philanthropies from across the globe in attendance, it’s a chance for all members of the dive industry to connect, collaborate and innovate.

Project AWARE has been honored to attend the DEMA show alongside PADI with great success in past years, and this year was no exception.

As we’re just now catching our breath after a whirlwind week of travel, meetings and Dive Against Debris training workshops, we’d like to take a moment to say, THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of our supporters – dive centers, scuba instructors, ocean enthusiasts and marine conservation advocates – you helped make our presence at the 2015 DEMA show an incredible success.

Not only did we enjoy meeting many new members of our dive community in the Project AWARE booth, we were absolutely blown away by the attendance at our first-ever Dive Against Debris training workshops. Close to 200 of you attended! You asked pertinent data-reporting questions and worked together to find solutions. You listened intently and learned techniques and best practices for reporting more frequent, more accurate Dive Against Debris data. We shared our Dive Against Debris action kits with you so that you now have not only the knowledge, but also the tools to get the work done. We’re grateful to have shared that experience with you, and cannot wait to see your Dive Against Debris efforts expand in the coming year. You are our newest Dive Against Debris ambassadors.

Our community of empowered citizen scientists is growing, and now more than ever, we’re positively impacting our ocean environments through Dive Against Debris. Thank you to our dedicated community that makes this possible.

Activate your inner citizen scientist! Participate in Dive Against Debris today and join the growing number of Dive Against Debris Instructors.

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Dive Against Debris: Royal Couple Take a Stand Against Marine Litter

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Ocean Plastics Awareness Day

PADI Diver and Dive Against Debris champion, Rob Thompson, is delighted to have been given the opportunity to discuss the growing problem of plastic in the ocean with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the Ocean Plastics Awareness Day on July 22nd.

“It was a great honour to represent the diving communities’ interest in the marine litter crisis at the Ocean Plastics Awareness Day” commented Rob Thompson, leader of the Dive Against Debris Volunteers UK group.

In full diving gear, members of the Dive Against Debris Volunteers UK group shared their unique views on what lies beneath the waves highlighting what for most people is out of sight, out of mind.

As shown on the Dive Against Debris Map, plastic items are consistently the top items reported by scuba divers – accounting for almost 70% of all debris items reported since the Dive Against Debris programme launched in 2011.

Hosted by Surfers Against Sewage, the Marine Conservation Society and Clean Cornwall, the event brought together groups and NGOs committed to fighting back against the onslaught of marine litter, one of the biggest ocean issues of our time.

The global annual plastic production has boomed from 1.7 million tons in 1950 to almost 300 million tons today. Far too much of that plastic ends up in the ocean, killing marine life and destroying habitats.

Solutions to the marine litter problem and the Ugly Journey of our Trash are not possible without partnerships, large and small, and a groundswell of support for change.

Join the fight against marine debris, conduct regular Dive Against Debris surveys and teach the Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty Course to help build an army of debris activists in the UK and around the world. Go to projectaware.org for more information.

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