We have the dive site “Muka Kampung” adopted to dive and clean from debris regularly within Project Aware. This month ten guests and staff helped to clean the dive site. Unfortunately, the currents wash up the debris into the shallow part of the reef. Our divers picked up 10.8 kg of debris. Well done everybody…
It is great to see what can be achieved if everybody works together! We had an amazing combined effort to do a beach clean up at Bunaken village and the divesite Muka Kampung on the reef in front of the village. The dive resorts Siladen resort, Cakalang resort, Cica Senang and Two Fish Divers supplied the boats and divers and the people from Bunaken village cleaned up the beach. The 30 divers alone collected an astonishing 200 kg of debris in the 60 min dive!
It has been two fantastic weeks in Amed for my Divemaster course. Although the weather has not been great in the afternoon, the mornings were very sunny but the main thing is; there’s been no time for boredom.
Our guests joined us for a “dive against debris” on our adopted dive site “Muka Kampung” in front of Bunaken village.
Everybody had an amazing dive seeing lots of turtles and did a great job in picking up debris on the way.
12 divers collected 17 plastic bags, 18 plastic beverage bottles, 2 buckets, 3 food containers, 11 cups and plates, 8 diapers, 10 fishing lines, 22 food wrapers, 27 pieces of rope, 9 plastic fragments, 4 glass bottles, 1 beverage can, 1 food can, 4 towels, 1 head torch and 3 shoes. This amounted in a total 8.5 kg of debris which got removed from that beautiful dive site.
This week, our team came out in force to participate in Trash Hero Amed’s largest ever beach clean-up! 105 people helped collect over 300 kgs of trash, much of it plastic that would otherwise have ended up in the sea (thanks to Mataboolan Photography for the picture). Needless to say, the beach in front of the dive centre looks pristine at the moment and we’ll make sure it stays this way. In other news, our IDC candidates are getting ready for their instructor exam and everyone is keeping their fingers crossed for them (not that they need it).
This week, our whole team – from dive guide trainee to assistant manager – got together for an underwater clean-up of our house reef. Amed’s house reef might initially look like a sandy slope, but look closer and you can spot many amazing creatures like the longhorn cowfish or the flying gurnard.
We became an ambassador in the ‘Project Aware’ initiative and adopted the dive site in Bunaken, ‘Muka Kampung’.
Marine debris is the rubbish of our everyday lives, it travels over land, down streams, rivers and storm drains to the ocean. It can drift thousands of miles leaving a wake of destruction in its path. Every year, debris kills thousands of marine animals and sea birds, chokes coral reefs, smothers critical environments and contaminates our beaches and recreation sites. Better information about sources and impacts is extremely important to drive changes in infrastructure and waste management policies. Who is responsible? All of us. Together we can help prevent and clear up this mess for a clean, healthy ocean planet.
Well, the last week of my divemaster course in Lembongan was bittersweet. I was so excited to finally journey to the breathtaking Bunaken I had heard so much about, but could not shake the melancholy I felt for leaving Nusa Lembongan Island. I did however get very lucky, as my last week there was full of guests and scuba diving courses, which meant a lot of daily fun diving for me! I thought eventually I might get tired of the reef walls along the north coast of Nusa Penida, or eventually my wonderment for Mantas might dwindle but I am now quite sure, that is impossible.
My last week in Bunaken has been a real rollercoaster of activities, involving a Project Aware beach clean up, lots of fun dives, a hair cut (!) and my snorkel test to celebrate finishing my course.
This week in Bunaken… We did a small contribution to protecting the coral reefs around Bunaken this week with some underwater gardening – we were building coral reefs! In a joint project with the Indonesian Navy, the Two Fish staff as well as staff from another Bunaken dive centre, spent a day building large artificial reefs.
As rubbish in our oceans is a big problem, and as part of my Eco Divemaster Internship I had to organize a Project Aware Dive Against Debris reef cleaning. So last Friday an intrepid group of 8 divers (some were even volunteers) went to one of the Two Fish dive sites and after I gave my first dive briefing, we descended into what looked to be basically an underwater rubbish dump.
“Dive against debris!” That was my project for my Project Aware specialty in my DM course. I organized the afternoon dive to be a fun and free dive for all guests here at Two Fish to help us go clean up the bottom of the sea! It was great!
On September 29th in support of Project Aware’s Debris Month of Action Two Fish Divers Bunaken, Lembeh and Nusa Lembongan all organised a Dive Against Debris triple whammy clean up! Yep, that’s right – We did a coordinated dive against debris in all of our dive centres on the same day hauling in a total of 119 kilos of marine debris!
This September 2014 Project Aware carries on the tradition of the whole month being Debris Month of Action, and at Two Fish we always support this. Not only during the month of September in fact, we organise clean-up dives all year round, but we up the game a little during September!
Did you know that we make a US$10 donation for every PADI course that you do with us at all three of our locations? In April 2013 we signed up to the Project Aware 100% program, this made us one of the few dive centres in Indonesia that makes a donation for 100% of the PADI courses that it runs. In fact there are only 200 centres around the world that are 100% Aware, therefore we are in a very special group!
Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day, and here at Two Fish Divers we decided to do have TRIPLE WHAMMY EARTH-DAY ACTIVITES! This meant collecting rubbish from the beaches and the sea around all three of our resorts across Indonesia at the same time, our small contribution to inspiring awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment.
BUNAKENOn Earth-Day we planned a clean up of the Crown of Thorns-Starfish at one dive site in Bunaken. The COTs feed on hard coral and their polyps and an adult sea star can destroy about 6 square meters of living reef per year.
More than 200 protesters took their call for the Western Australian State Government to abandon its shark catch-and-kill policy to the Premier’s door yesterday, demonstrating outside his West Perth office.
Why all the fuss? In an open letter to an online newspaper, one of the organisers of the recent demonstration at Perth’s Cottesloe beach, explains.
Not sure if you have been aware, but Western Australia government have announced that they want to cull their sharks by installing baited hooks off Perth’s popular beaches in response to seven fatal shark attacks in three years.
Shark fishermen will patrol WA waters and kill any tiger, bull or great white shark bigger than three metres spotted in the designated zones, while any sharks hooked on the drum lines will be killed and disposed of offshore.
Another reason that we like Shark Savers is that they are also involved in protecting Manta Rays, something that is an important part of the environment in Two Fish Divers Lembongan where we have almost-permanent sightings of these fantastic creatures.
We like Shark Savers and we think that you should too. We just received their 2013 end-of-year summary, here is an extract about their Shark Fin Soup campaign.
We are now 100% Aware in Support of Environmental Conservation!
Last week we introduced the 100% Aware program from the Project AWARE Foundation in all of our resorts. This means that we will make a donation to Project AWARE of $5-10 for every student who completes a recreational scuba diving certification course with us in Buaken, Lembeh and Lembongan!
Celebrating Historic Decisions for Sharks and Rays yesterday at CITES when all five marine proposals to protect sharks and rays received a majority vote!