Divers and shoreline volunteers needed for Bay of Islands marine debris clean-up
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IntroductionThe Bay of Islands diving community and local residents are being called upon to take the plunge as volunteers during Seaweek 2010 on Friday 12 March and clean-up marine and shoreline debris.
Date: 02 March 2010
Take the plunge during Seaweek 2010 to cleanup marine debris.
The Bay of Islands diving community and local residents are being called upon to take the plunge during Seaweek 2010 on Friday 12 March and clean-up marine and shoreline debris. Everyone can have fun and help contribute to a healthy, clean underwater environment.
Your local dive centres and dive boats Dive Ops, Dive North, Porpoise Dive, Keridive, Bay of Islands Underwater Club, Guardians of the Bay of Islands and the Department of Conservation’s Bay of Islands Area office, need your help to target underwater and shoreline debris around the pest-free islands that make up Project Island Song. So - jump in your wetsuits, pull on your gloves and take the plunge to cleanup marine debris!
Six million tonnes of debris enter the world’s oceans every year wreaking havoc on underwater creatures and environments every day.
This year’s seabed and foreshore clean-up is being done in conjunction with the world-wide efforts of Project AWARE Foundation. All rubbish collected will be analysed and the results sent to Project AWARE for inclusion in their international database.
Remember: The islands of the eastern Bay of Islands are now pest-free. You can help keep them that way. Before leaving the mainland, stop, check your gear and boat for pests and then go and have fun!
The Bay of Islands’ underwater and shoreline clean-up will be held on and around Motuarohia, Urupukapuka, Waewaetoria, and Moturua Islands.