Dive against Debris on our adopted dive site Muka Kampung off Bunaken Island.
We have done many beach and underwater clean ups before but this week we had our first ‘dive against debris’ on our adopted dive site Muka Kampung in front of Bunaken village.
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.
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.