On 15 September 2012 we have successfully conducted a series of Dive Against Debris at the Tanjung Benoa (Nusa Dua) area of Bali. There were 19 people altogether, out of which 12 were divers joining the dives while the rest did their part at boat and the beach.
Tanjung Benoa area is tourist busiest area for water sport activities. Hundreds or more beginner divers dive in this area every day. That a lot of marine debris at the beach and underwater. The reason why we choose the Tanjung Benoa (Nusa Dua) area, we have been constantly monitoring the area for debris, coral health and coverage, and trying to locate sharks presents. This was our second Project Aware underwater cleanup since last year.
We conducted underwater clean up dive at Batu Besar (Big Rock) – one of the most popular dive site in this area. At this point we found plastics, fishing nets, drinking bottles, food wraps and much more at underwater environment. On some items the coral growing, some fishes lives in side like on tires, bottles and some cables, but these material now has become a new home for some creatures. So we did not pick up any debris, hence we did some data recording on the debris that were not picked-up as explained in the Project Aware's Dive Against Debris manual.
The Dive against Debris supported by some local dive centers such as Mola Mola DC, Hammerhead dive service
More pictures about this event, please go to Nusa Dua- Bali's Debris Month of Action on Facebook