Bunaken Beach and Dive Site Clean Up by The Whole Community

Bunaken clean up 20 Jan 17 pic 2
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!

Dive Against Debris With Our Bunaken Guests

dive against debris with our Bunaken guests!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.

A Record-breaking Beach Clean-up In Amed

Record-breaking clean up in AmedThis 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).

‘Muka Kampung’ dive site in Bunaken adopted

Two Fish Bunaken adopted the dive site ‘Muka Kampung’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.

Week Three – Marissa’s Divemaster course in Lembongan and Bunaken

Divemaster course in LembonganWell, 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.

Dive Against Debris on my Eco Divemaster Internship

Dive Against DebrisAs 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.

We make a US$10 donation for every PADI course

100 percent aware PADI courses

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!

TRIPLE WHAMMY EARTH-DAY ACTIVITES

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.

Two Fish Bunaken Snk COTsBUNAKENOn 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.

STOP the Western Australian SHARK CULL

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.