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Bonaire Dive Week – Clean-Up Dive at Te Amo Beach

We were happy to once again to participate in Bonaire Dive Week this year, which took place from May 17-24, 2017.

We hosted four very enthusiastic divers for a clean-up dive at our Adopted Dive Site – Te Amo Beach. We are very fortunate that this site is generally very clean – like most of the sites outside of the Bonaire Harbour. However, Te Amo is a very popular beach for fishing from shore or having a family BBQ so some debris does end up on the reef.

On Thursday afternoon, May 18th, our volunteer divers met at Port Bonaire. They began with a briefing from our crew members Zara and Sarah about how to safely remove debris from the reef. They were also instructed how to correctly remove fishing line without damaging delicate creatures such as sponges.

Once everyone was ready, the buddy teams entered the water and quickly began collecting debris. Zara and Sarah helped the divers to carry the bags out of the water.

In total, 161 pieces of debris were removed from the reef. This included (among other things):

2 balloons

50 plastic bottle caps

50 cigarette filters

5 plastic food containers

4 pieces of plastic cutlery and 2 pieces of metal cutlery

5 straws

5 pieces of rope

10 pieces of fishing line

5 pieces of clothing

4 diapers

1 condom

Te Amo is a sea turtle nesting beach so the presence of balloons and fishing line were very concerning. Luckily, thanks to our volunteers, all this waste is now off of the reef and has been disposed of responsibly.

The next quarterly Dive Friends Bonaire underwater cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, July 8th, 2017. If you won’t be able to attend, join us every first Wednesday of the month for the Dive Against Debris Specialty course.

Additional information about the cleanups is available at: http://www.divefriendsbonaire.com/eco-activities/. All are welcome to join in. For more information about the Debris Free Bonaire initiative, visit www.debrisfreebonaire.com. For more information about Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program, visit http://www.projectaware.org/project/dive-against-debris.
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Clean Up Dive April 2017

 

This past Saturday, April 8th, we gathered a huge group of divers and cleaned up under the South Pier during our quarterly underwater clean-up. We had 105 volunteers remove over 700 Kg of rubbish from the reef. In addition to the numerous dive teams, we had several on-land support teams and the Dive Friends Bonaire crew to help divers in and out of the water as well as sort and count the garbage!

Our crew began bright and early to set everything up at our Dive Inn location. Everything was ready when the volunteers showed up to sign in and hear the briefing. Dive Friends Planning & Logistics Manager Daniel Molenaar carefully instructed the divers not to remove any living creatures from the reef and to leave items behind on which coral was happily growing. He also explained how to correctly remove fishing line without damaging delicate creatures such as sponges. Discarded fishing line poses a serious threat of entanglement and drowning to endangered sea turtles, as well as other marine life. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire is targeting the issue with additional “line clean up dives” with tanks supplied by Dive Friends, but it requires constant vigilance around all of the piers of Bonaire.

The dive teams quickly headed into the water and in no time at all the first bags of trash were being sorted and counted. As soon as the diver as snorkels hit the water, it was immediately clear how necessary this clean-up was. The pier has received a lot of garbage in the past year and we made a great effort to remove as much as possible.

Once on the surface, our on-land support teams sorted the trash and every piece was counted for Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program. They also responded quickly if any marine creatures had accidentally been collected and returned them to the reef.

In total, we removed 1003 items from the reef! This included 25 plastic beverage bottles, 35 pieces of plastic dishware and cutlery, 12 ceramic dishes, 14 metal plates, 12 gas bottles, 28 aluminum cans, 30 metal bottle caps, 99 glass beer bottles, 11 glass jars and 76 other glass fragments. We also removed 20 pieces of metal wire and barbed wired along with 278 pieces of fishing line with an estimated distance of 1 Km. Furthermore, we have a lot of people walking around with missing clothing and shoes as we collected 8 pieces of clothing plus 6 underwear, 4 sunglasses, 20 hats and 7 flip-flops. We even found some weird stuff like 2 rakes, a WEB road sign, 2 tarps, a Yamaha boat motor cap and 5 flags! Thanks to all our volunteers, all this waste is now off of the reef and has been disposed of responsibly.

That evening, all volunteers and their families were invited to a potluck BBQ and raffle at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Hamlet Oasis. Dive Friends Front Desk Assistant Veer Shutte gave a wonderful speech summarizing the collection results and then handed out the raffle prizes. Dive Friends Bonaire provided drinks and main courses, while participants supplied side dishes. Hamlet Oasis is also the location of the Debris Free Bonaire plastic collection container, so volunteers learned more about the coastal clean-up initiative targeting marine plastic that washes ashore on Bonaire’s east coast. Sponsors for the event include: Bonaire East Coast Diving, Diver’s Paradise, La Cantina, Ocean Reef, Polar Pro, Caribbean Dive Trading, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Selibon, Bonaire Harbour and Dive Friends Bonaire Retail.

The next quarterly Dive Friends Bonaire underwater cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, July 8th, 2017. If you won’t be able to attend, join us every first Wednesday of the month for the Dive Against Debris Specialty course.
Additional information about the cleanups is available at: http://www.divefriendsbonaire.com/eco-activities/

Clean Up Dive January 2017

 

Dive Friends Bonaire has been hosting our world famous quarterly underwater clean-up for over 10 years. This past Saturday, January 28th, we hosted the first Clean-Up Dive of 2017 at Yellow Submarine and Karel’s Pier!

Once again, we have a fantastic turn out with 120 volunteers in the water! Of course, in addition to that, we had several on shore crew members and volunteers helping to collect, sort and count all the waste.

Like the past few years, our January clean-up site was Karel’s Pier. Everyone met up at our Yellow Submarine location first to receive a detailed briefing about how to safely remove trash. Then everyone grabbed their tanks and equipment and headed down the boulevard to the pier. Almost as soon as the divers hit the water, the first bags of trash were being brought up.

The volunteers had been carefully briefed not to remove any living creatures or disturb trash that had been down there long enough to become someone’s home. They were also very careful when removing fishing line as it can easily cut into delicate sponges if the proper techniques are not used. Once the trash was out of the water, a team of surface volunteers sorted and counted all the items for Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program. They also double checked all the garbage (especially beer bottles) to ensure that no marine creatures had accidentally been collected before disposing of the waste responsibility.

As usual, we had a wonderfully successful clean-up dive! We removed 2527 items of marine debris from the reef. This included 209 plastic cutlery and dishes, 88 pieces of fishing line, 53 straws and 218 other plastic fragments. As Karel’s Pier hosts a lively bar and restaurant, we also found 174 aluminium beverage cans, 641 glass beverage bottles, 44 ceramic cups and plates, 442 glass fragments and 1 menu. Other items included: 6 tires, 1 pair of rubber gloves, 2 cow bones, 1 screw driver, 24 fireworks, 54 pieces of rope, 73 cloth fragments, 11 pieces of clothing, 7 towels, 2 sunglasses and a bikini top. One lucky diver found a $20 bill and a slightly less lucky diver found a gun!

Discarded fishing line poses a serious threat of entanglement and drowning to endangered sea turtles, as well as other marine life. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire is targeting the issue with additional “line clean up dives” with tanks supplied by Dive Friends, but it requires constant vigilance around all of the piers of Bonaire.

After everyone had showered and changed out of their dive gear, all the volunteers gathered for a Pot Luck BBQ and raffle at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Hamlet Oasis. With the help of our sponsors, we provided drinks and the BBQ meat, while all the participants brought their favourite side dishes. Hamlet Oasis is also the location of the Debris Free Bonaire plastic collection container, so volunteers learned more about the coastal clean-up initiative targeting marine plastic that washes ashore on Bonaire’s east coast.

Sponsors for the event include: Between2buns, Bonaire East Coast Diving, DAN World, La Cantina Restaurant, Karel’s Pier, Oasis Guesthouse, Ocean Reef ITC Bonaire, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Selibon, Trident Dive and Van Den Tweel.

The next quarterly Dive Friends Bonaire underwater clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, April 8th, 2017.

Additional information about the clean-ups is available on our Eco-Activities page. All are welcome to join in.

For more information about the Debris Free Bonaire initiative, visit http://www.debrisfreebonaire.com.

For more information about Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program, visit http://www.projectaware.org/project/dive-against-debris.

Clean Up Dive October 2016

It’s that time of year again! We just hosted the final quarterly underwater clean-up for 2016. This past Saturday, October 22nd, we cleaned-up Front Porch after the large Regatta festival that occurred the week before. We had 101 volunteers remove almost 800 Kg of rubbish from the reef. In addition to the numerous dive teams, we had several on-land support teams and the Dive Friends Bonaire crew to help divers in and out of the water as well as sort and count the garbage!

This time we chose to do something a little different and the entire event was held on Coco Beach by the Front Porch dive site entrance. We set up a large tent and delivered all the tanks and supplies to the beach. Everything was ready when the volunteers showed up to sign in and hear the briefing. The dive teams quickly headed into the water and in no time at all the first bags of trash were being sorted and counted.

Dive Friends General Manager Carolyn Caporusso carefully instructed the divers not to remove any living creatures from the reef and to leave items behind on which coral was happily growing. She also explained how to correctly remove fishing line without damaging delicate creatures such as sponges. Discarded fishing line poses a serious threat of entanglement and drowning to endangered sea turtles, as well as other marine life. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire is targeting the issue with additional “line clean up dives” with tanks supplied by Dive Friends, but it requires constant vigilance around all of the piers of Bonaire.

Once on the surface, our on-land support teams sorted the trash and every piece was counted for Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program. They also responded quickly if any marine creatures had accidentally been collected and returned them to the reef.

In total, we removed 1855 items from the reef! This included 322 pieces of plastic, 210 pieces of rubber (21 tires!), 111 bottle caps, 128 glass bottles and 148 glass fragments. We also have a lot of people walking around with missing clothing and shoes as we collected 34 pieces of clothing, 167 flip-flops and shoe fragments. We even found some weird stuff like 1 condom, 1 diaper and 4 bones! Thanks to all our volunteers, all this waste is now off of the reef and has been disposed of responsibly.

That evening, all volunteers and their families were invited to a potluck BBQ and raffle at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Hamlet Oasis. Dive Friends Bonaire (with help from our sponsors) provided drinks and main courses, while participants supplied side dishes. Hamlet Oasis is also the location of the Debris Free Bonaire plastic collection container, so volunteers learned more about the coastal clean-up initiative targeting marine plastic that washes ashore on Bonaire’s east coast. Sponsors for the event include: Treasure by the sea, Bonaire East Coast Diving, Oasis Guesthouse, Coco Beach Bar, Bonaire Villa Makoshi Penthouse, Villa Onima, Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), King Kong Bonaire food truck, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB), Selibon, Van Den Tweel.

The next quarterly Dive Friends Bonaire underwater cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, January 28th, 2017. If you won’t be able to attend, join us every first Wednesday of the month for the Dive Against Debris Specialty course.

Additional information about the cleanups is available at: http://www.divefriendsbonaire.com/eco-activities/. All are welcome to join in. For more information about the Debris Free Bonaire initiative, visit www.debrisfreebonaire.com.

For more information about Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program, visit http://www.projectaware.org/project/dive-against-debris.


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Clean Up Dive July 2016

Dive Friends Bonaire has been hosting our world famous quarterly underwater clean-up for over 10 years. This past Saturday, July 9, 2016 we had a grand total of 121 volunteers!! In addition, we had on-land support teams of the Dive Friends Bonaire crew to help divers in and out of the water and our non-diving team to sort and count the garbage!

The cleanup site for July’s clean up dive was Town Pier. After signing in at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Yellow Submarine and receiving a safety briefing, the mass of volunteers gathered their gear and drove down the boulevard to the clean-up location. Not long after the first divers entered the water, the first bag of trash was brought to the surface.

The volunteers were very careful not to remove any living creatures and left those items behind on which coral was happily growing. They also took extra care when removing fishing line as not to damage any delicate sponges nearby. Once the trash was out of the water, a team of surface volunteers sorted and counted all the items for Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program. They also ensured no marine creatures had accidentally been collected before disposing of the waste responsibility.

The clean-up dive was very successful: over 2491 items of marine debris were removed! The most significant items removed were 331 pieces of fishing line, 419 glass bottles, 589 glass fragments, 88 cans and 103 cloth fragments. Other items included: 14 bandaids, 12 hats, 79 paper/cardboard fragments and 13 paper bags.

Discarded fishing line poses a serious threat of entanglement and drowning to endangered sea turtles, as well as other marine life. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire is targeting the issue with additional “line clean up dives” with tanks supplied by Dive Friends, but it requires constant vigilance around all of the piers of Bonaire.

On Saturday evening, after the clean-up dive, all volunteers and their families were invited to a Pot Luck BBQ and raffle at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Hamlet Oasis. Dive Friends Bonaire (with help from our sponsors) provided drinks and main courses, while participants supplied side dishes. Hamlet Oasis is also the location of the Debris Free Bonaire plastic collection container, so volunteers learned more about the coastal clean-up initiative targeting marine plastic that washes ashore on Bonaire’s east coast.

Sponsors for the event include: Beachcomber Villas, Bonaire East Coast Diving, Van Den Tweel, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Selibon, La Cantina Restaurant, Freestyle Pop Up Restaurant, Trident Dive, Ocean Reef ITC Bonaire and DAN World.

The next quarterly Dive Friends Bonaire underwater cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th, 2016.

Additional information about the cleanups is available at: http://www.divefriendsbonaire.com/eco-activities/. All are welcome to join in.

For more information about the Debris Free Bonaire initiative, visit www.debrisfreebonaire.com.

For more information about Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program, visit http://www.projectaware.org/project/dive-against-debris.


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Bonaire Dive Week Wrap-up

Have you ever dreamt of diving in the world famous Bonaire Marine Park? Does diving with Ocean Reef IDM Systems sound exciting to you? Or are you interested in the Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask? If your answer to all the above is a resounding ‘YES!’, I recommend you keep reading!

From May 18 through May 24 we celebrated Bonaire diving with the Bonaire Dive Week. With a wide variety of activities, such as free dip-dives with Ocean Reef IDM Systems, snorkel excursions at Te Amo Beach and a Clean Up Dive at Cha Cha Cha, divers and snorkelers got the chance to enjoy our world famous reefs and contribute to a debris free ocean at the same time!

The Bonaire Dive Week started off with a grand opening at our Dive Inn location, followed by an ARIA Snorkel Excursion at Te Amo Beach. In addition to being a dive site within Bonaire National Marine Park, Te Amo Beach is also very popular amongst snorkelers. Not only is the reef at Te Amo located very close to shore, the sandy beach also makes for a super easy entrance! Not surprisingly, Te Amo is an all-time favourite for first time and experienced snorkelers alike! Moreover, the Ocean Reef ARIA Full Face Snorkel Mask makes snorkeling fun for everyone! It not only allows you to breathe through your nose and mouth, the ‘dry-top’ also prevents water from getting into the snorkel!

Besides snorkel tours and free dip-dives, we also celebrated Bonaire diving with festivals, lectures, workshops and a Clean Up Dive. On Sunday, May 22, 2016, 15 Bonaire Dive Week participants joined a Clean Up Dive at Cha Cha Cha Beach. After collecting tanks at Dive Inn and learning more about what items should be collected, the divers entered the water at the beautiful sand beach in front of Dive Inn. An hour – and a very successful dive – later, the divers returned with no less than 80 items of marine debris!

The most significant items removed by the volunteers were cups and plates (12 in total!), food wrappers, strapping bands, bottles, jars, rubber bands and metal caps and lids. The divers furthermore found a number of towels, cloth fragments, books and newspapers, and last but not least, flip flops!

Dive Friends Bonaire also hosted underwater live streaming events at our Dive Inn house reef. On Friday and Sunday, Luigi Eybrecht (Bonaire Marine Park Ranger) and Carolyn Caporusso (General Manager at Dive Friends Bonaire) told us more about the Ocean Reef IDM Systems, the pristine Bonaire Marine Park and the famous Dive Friends Bonaire Clean Up Dives… from underwater! If you’d like to learn more about these underwater talks, which were a definite first on Bonaire, have a look at the Dive Friends Bonaire YouTube channel or follow the links below.

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And, last but not least, we gave the people of Bonaire the opportunity to call a diver and guess what dive site he was at! Congratulations to all of you who phoned and guessed right!

Clean Up Dive April 2016

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, 82 volunteer divers collected their tanks from Dive Friends Bonaire @ Yellow Submarine and headed over to Te Amo Beach to conduct a Dive Against Debris dive. In addition to being a dive site within Bonaire National Marine Park, Te Amo Beach is a popular site for food trucks, parties and BBQs. The jetty and the fuel pier are both used frequently by fishermen. Therefore, the beach and dive site were definitely in need of a little love from the mix of local residents and visiting tourists who all wanted to help the environment of Bonaire.

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Te Amo Beach is also popular with visiting mother sea turtles. It needs to be monitored regularly during nesting season by volunteers from Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire to prevent baby sea turtles from being disoriented by the lights from Bonaire’s Flamingo Airport during a hatching. Sea turtle nesting season will be beginning soon, so this is all the more reason to make sure that the reef and beach are free from hazards and debris.

Asko Zuidam of Dive Friends Bonaire provided a safety briefing to address what items should be collected and explained that anything with coral growing on it or creatures living inside of it should be left behind. Dr. Sue Willis from Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire also gave an explanation of how to carefully remove fishing line so as not to damage delicate sponges or corals.

After the briefing, the divers entered the water at the beautiful sand beach. Some divers swam over to the Fuel Pier and some divers cleaned around the jetty. When their bags were filled with marine debris, they brought the bags to the surface and handed them over to the Dive Friends crew who were working as shore support. Volunteers checked once again to be sure that no marine creatures had been inadvertently included. Then, everything was counted, tallied for Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program, and disposed of responsibly.

Internationally renowned aquatic filmmaker and oceanographic explorer Mr. Fabien Cousteau was a special celebrity guest volunteer at the clean-up dive. He spent some time talking with the team from the STINAPA Junior Rangers about their dive activities and what items of debris that they found.

The debris collected by volunteers definitely reflected the beaches popularity with revelers and fishermen. Over 564 items of marine debris were removed. The most significant items removed were 148 pieces of fishing line and 52 fishing weights. Other items included: 68 items of plastic cutlery, 5 food wrappers, 56 plastic fragments, 8 plastic bags, 30 glass bottles, 9 cans, 10 plastic bottles, 11 pieces of rope, 9 fishing hooks, 2 pairs of underpants and much more.

Discarded fishing line poses a serious threat of entanglement and drowning to endangered sea turtles, as well as other marine life. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire is targeting the issue with additional “line clean up dives” with tanks supplied by Dive Friends, but it requires constant vigilance around all of the piers of Bonaire.

That evening, all participants and their families were welcomed back for a Pot Luck BBQ and raffle at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Hamlet Oasis. Dive Friends Bonaire (with help from our sponsors) provided drinks and main courses, while participants supplied side dishes. Hamlet Oasis is also the location of the Debris Free Bonaire plastic collection container, so volunteers learned more about the coastal clean-up initiative targeting marine plastic that washes ashore on Bonaire’s east coast.

Sponsors for the event include: Beachcomber Villas, Bonaire East Coast Diving, Van Den Tweel, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Selibon, La Cantina Restaurant, Freestyle Pop Up Restaurant, Trident Dive,
Ocean Reef ITC Bonaire and DAN World.

The next quarterly Dive Friends Bonaire underwater cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, July 9th, 2016.

Additional information about the cleanups is available at: http://www.divefriendsbonaire.com/eco-activities/.
All are welcome to join in.

For more information about the Debris Free Bonaire initiative, visit www.debrisfreebonaire.com.

For more information about Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program, visit http://www.projectaware.org/project/dive-against-debris.

Clean Up Dive January 2016

The Largest Dive Friends Bonaire Clean Up Ever!

Dive Friends Bonaire has been hosting our world famous quarterly underwater clean-up for over 10 years. This past Saturday, January 23, 2016 we’re proud to say that had the biggest turnout EVER with 135 volunteer divers! We also had additional on-land support teams of the Dive Friends Bonaire crew to help divers in and out of the water and our non-diving team to sort and count the estimated 1 ton of garbage collected!

The cleanup site was Karel’s Pier, on which the popular local hangout Karel’s Beach Bar is located. After signing in and receiving a safety briefing from Asko Zuidam of Dive Friends Bonaire, the mass of volunteers gathered their gear and drove down the boulevard to the clean-up location. The boulevard is a one way street with very limited parking so the volunteers exhibited excellent coordination and teamwork while they quickly unloaded the vehicles to prevent blocking traffic for too long. This spirit of cooperation continued throughout the dive as bag after bag of trash was brought to the surface.

The volunteers were very careful not to remove any living creatures and left those items behind on which coral was happily growing. They also took extra care when removing fishing line as not to damage any delicate sponges nearby. Once the trash was out of the water, Dive Friends Staff collected the bags and brought them to Dive Friends Bonaire @ Yellow Submarine where a team of surface volunteers sorted and counted all the items for Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program. They also ensured no marine creatures had accidentally been collected before disposing of the waste responsibility.

As mentioned above, the clean-up site is host to a popular beach bar resulting in a lot of beverage containers being collected (687 glass, 23 plastic and 122 aluminum) in addition to 351 plastic and 635 glass fragments. 11 ceramic and 192 plastic pieces of cutlery/tableware were also found and some people also lost their shoes (3) or sunglasses (8).

Karel’s Pier is also a popular area for mooring fishing boats resulting in 103 pieces of fishing line, 46 pieces of rope, 2 tires, a plastic buoy and several large metal pieces from boats. In total 2,714 pieces of debris were removed from the reef, with a total estimated weight of 1000Kg!

The day finished with a massive BBQ and raffle for the volunteers and their families at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Hamlet Oasis. The drinks and main courses were provided by Dive Friends Bonaire and the volunteers each brought a side dish potluck style. Of course, plastic cutlery and dishware are not environmentally friendly so the Dive Friends staff spent several hours doing the dishes for everyone afterward.

Proud sponsors for the event include: Beachcomber Villas, Bonaire East Coast Diving, Van Den Tweel, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Selibon, La Cantina Restaurant, Freestyle Pop Up Restaurant, Trident Dive, Ocean Reef ITC Bonaire, Lavacore, Suunto and DAN World.

The next quarterly Dive Friends Bonaire underwater cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 9th, 2016. Don’t miss it!

Thank You Clean Up Dive Volunteers

In 2015, Dive Friends Bonaire hosted four Clean Up dives at various sites around the island. Thanks to our 442 volunteers, a whopping 5,782 piece of marine debris were removed from the marine environment of Bonaire. And we’d like to thank our volunteers for each and every piece!

Thanks for each and every piece. You had a major positive impact on our environment!

We just want to take the time to acknowledge the work that you’ve done. Plastic bags look a lot like jelly fish when floating around in the water and can be eaten by sea turtles. You, our volunteers, removed 23 of them. Fishing line is a major entanglement issue that can trap and drown marine life. Thanks to our volunteers there are 680 less pieces of dangerous fishing line around threatening the lives of sea turtles and other marine life. There are now 339 less plastic cups, 39 less pieces of rope, 626 less plastic fragments, 295 less cans and 1,169 less bottles in the ocean. Not to mention 9 less plastic straws…doesn’t really sound like a lot – but if you’ve seen this video of a sea turtle with a straw stuck up their nose….any little bit that we can do from stopping this from happening again is worth it! Yuck!

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All of our collected debris has been entered into a global database with Project AWARE and this information is being used to drive policy change to ensure heathy, debris free oceans for generations to come.

Thanks volunteers – you’ve made a difference!

Clean Up Dive October 2015

On Saturday, October 18, we had 116 volunteers join us at Dive Friends @ Dive Inn for the last quarterly clean up dive of 2015 under South Pier. This time the bearded wonder Asko was gallivanting around Thailand so Carolyn (the non-bearded wonder) took over for the safety briefing. There was plenty of trash to remove including: 365 glass bottles, 398 glass fragments, 154 plastic fragments, 90 plastic cups, 424 pieces of fishing line, 29 ropes, and much much more.

For as much trash as they have removed from the ocean, our volunteers have eaten just as much food at our sunset BBQ and raffle at Dive Friends @ Hamlet Oasis. In keeping with the spirit of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” Dive Friends Bonaire does not use disposable plates and cutlery, so the DFB crew also spent a lot of extra time cleaning up after the clean-up.

We couldn’t do it without the help of our many great volunteers. Thank You! We’d also like to thank our Sponsors for the event: Beachcomber Villas, Bonaire East Coast Diving, Van Den Tweel, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Selibon, Alejandra Riquelme, Trident Dive, Ocean Reef, Debris Free Bonaire, LavaCore.

Additional information about the cleanups is available at: http://www.divefriendsbonaire.com/category/clean-up-dives/. All are welcome to join in.