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Dive Against Debris; on-going green action!

Saturday October 27, 2012

Last weekend was our ‘Dive against Debris’ weekend. It didn’t go quite as we planned due to a death in one of our staff’s family. We had intended to do a ‘kid friendly’ clean up of Monuriki Island, but have postponed this until early November.

We did however schedule a clean-up of Monu Island. John and Dovi were in charge of this and did an excellent job of collecting 11 bags of rubbish between the two beaches over two mornings. Rubbish drifts ashore on the ocean currents and is not just an eye-sore but also can be harmful to aquatic and birdlife, who mistake bits of plastic for fish and squid.

As a result of Project AWAREs ‘Dive Against Debris’, we have made it a standard on all Monuriki ‘Cast Away’ tours and Sacred Island tours to take a rubbish bag and fill it. It only takes 10 minutes, and our philosophy of ‘little and often’ is very easy to maintain and slot into the trip. It has definitely made a difference of the cleanliness of these islands.

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