Together with Red Sea Environmental Centre (RSEC) and Sinai Divers Backpackers, Cyan Planet picked up more than 5 kg of trash during a dive against debris in Dahab, Egypt.
In 2011, Project Aware launched a the program "Dive Against Debris" to protect the marine ecosystems and keep the oceans clean.
Since then, thousands of divers all around the world joined the movement and collected over a million pieces of trash. Project Aware collects the data of all the dives against debris, to monitor the distribution and types of trash. Take a look at their map with a counter of trash pieces collected.
The Sinai Divers adopted Bannerfish Bay with this clean-up dive, meaning they will carry out monthly Dive Against Debris surveys, and report types and quantities of marine debris found underwater each month from the same location.
Bannerfish Bay lies right next to the tourist promenade and its countless restaurants of Dahab, and is thus strongly influenced by human impact. Unlike the top 3 most frequently found trash types recorded by Dive Against Debris, which are plastic fishing lines, plastic fragments and glass beverage bottles, our by far most collected type of trash were cigarette filters. Surprisingly, we also found a lot of cloth fragments, even a whole carpet! And, speaking about still useful things that were collected, we also discovered a shoe and sunglasses - the latter are now proudly worn by one of the RSEC members.
So, sometimes diving against debris does not only reward you with the good feeling of contributing to clean oceans, but sometimes even with very unique and still usable pieces that will remind you of the effort you took for the ocean!