On September 28th, for the first time ever, all three of our resorts combined to do a simultaneous Dive Against Debris in support of Project Aware’s Debris Month of Action. This is what we are calling our Dive Against Debris – Triple whammy clean-up!
All of our joint efforts managed to bring in an amazing 677 kilos of marine debris, collected from sites in Bunaken, Lembeh and Nusa Lembongan.
As part of Project Aware’s Debris Month of Action, our team in Nusa Lembongan took to the seas armed with trash bags and hauled in over 70kg of trash! Well done guys!!
Visit our Facebook page to find out more about our conservation efforts in Lemgongan.
Highly sought for their fins, meat, oil, teeth and cartilage, sharks have a high price on their heads. Demand for shark fins, lacking fishery management and virtually non-existing regulations for almost all shark trade are pushing many shark species to the brink of extinction.
The heat is on to give decimated shark populations the protections they deserve. And Project AWARE is targeting the power of one of the world’s largest, most effective wildlife conservation agreements to do it – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
While CITES has helped to save a myriad of terrestrial species like the African elephant, the effort to add sharks and marine fish to CITES is still relatively new territory, resulting in difficult battles.
Help by Signing the Petition! You can join tens of thousands of AWARE divers and shark advocates who are serious about shark protection. Sign the petition and urge your friends and colleagues to do the same. Sign the Petition here
Help by Joining us for Shark Shout Out 2012 Activities in Bunaken and Lembeh – we are running a number of things at our resorts that allow you to be involved.
Get educated! We show a Special Shark documentary or Shark Quiz in the evenings. We also have a weekly Shark Guardian presentation, below is a trailer/introduction to this presentation.
Take a course! Two Fish Divers have already donated USD500 to PADI to certify all our instructors so that they can offer the new PADI Shark Conservation Course, this donation has been handed over to the Project AWARE – Sharks in Peril project.
(Note – we were the first PADI center in Asia Pacific to make 100% of their instructors able to teach Shark Conservation Speciality courses! Check out the event on Facebook here)
The PADI Shark Conservation Course costs €20 for 2 dives & manual PLUS €30 for the PADI certificate. All proceeds from the certification will also be donated to the Project Aware – Sharks in Peril Project.
On our Instrcutor Course (IDC), we are also including the PADI Shark Conservation instructor speciality course for FREE. This means that all our new instructors can teach PADI Shark Conservation Courses themselves wherever they end up working, thereby helping to “spread the message”.
Make a donation! Brendon (our Course Director) and Liz (our resort manager in Bunaken) are running an organisation called Shark Guardian, this is dedicated to the conservation of sharks by reaching out and giving presentations at schools. Be the first to become a Shark Guardian Member by donating EUR20-50, you will:
We hope that you will join us in Bunaken or Lembeh and get involved in Shout for Sharks!
As divers, we do love nature and underwater life and Two Fish have decide to start contributing to protect this underwater life as much as we can by supporting this Debris Month of Action.
What is marine debris?
Marine debris is any manufactured or processed solid material that, regardless of size, finds its way into the marine and coastal environment. These include materials discarded into the sea or on beaches; brought indirectly to the sea by rivers, sewage, storm water, or winds; accidently lost or deliberately discarded at sea; or deliberately left by people on beaches and shores.
Why should I participate in Dive Against Debris?
Because the underwater world needs your help. You will be contributing to a global effort to build a complete picture of the impacts of marine debris. The information you collect and report will help change local and regional waste policies. Also, removing debris during your Dive Against Debris makes the ocean cleaner, healthier and safer for marine life. More than 260 marine species are affected by marine debris. Sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, fishes, seabirds and many other animals ingest or get entangled in trash. As a result, marine debris kills many thousands of marine animals every year. Additionally, you can help educate your friends and colleagues about the issue of marine debris. The simple act of telling your family and friends about your Dive Against Debris will increase awareness of this issue and can help move us towards a world where we reduce, reuse and recycle to stop marine debris.
How will we be participating in Dive Against Debris?
Two Fish Divers will be supporting this Debris Month of Action in both locations; Bunaken and Lembeh by:
- Giving weekly presentations about marine debris
- Beach Clean-ups
- Underwater clean-ups
- Reporting of data for debris found during clean-up events
Of course the actual cleaning-up of trash and debris is very important, but the big drive from this is reporting the data from these clean-up events. By reporting the data we hope to have a better understanding of the impact of marine debris, and help to drive changes in how waste is managed both locally and globally.
More info at Project Aware.