269 KILOS OF RUBBISH!!
28 beverage bottles
124 clothing, shoes
4 bait containers
15 cleaner bottles
66 fishing lines
8 fishing lures
21 plates, cups, knifes….
31 food containers
6 light bulbs
13 plastic sheeting
34 building materials
20 metal buchets
MANY THANKS TO THE VOLUNTEERS! Fendi, John, Eli, Rian, Ronald, Tina, Laura, Martin and Lene!!
Friday 22nd April 2011
All the guests at Two Fish Divers Lembeh helped to first do a beach clean up in the front of the resort, then after that off to the Police Pier Reef for an underwater cleanup!!!!
Special thanks again to all those who helped on the day: Hugo, Phil, Nickie, Budy, Cenk, Gabi, Luk, Pierre, Sharon, Fabien , Udo, Christian, Alfred, Harry, Torsten & of course all of the Two Fish Divers Lembeh team as well – well done guys the amount of trash collected was pretty amazing!!!! Some of the more unusual finds were a roll of linoleum, game console controllers & one complete dinner set!!!!!!!!
Today 22th of April is the international DIVE FOR EARTH DAY!!
As divers we do care about ocean protection, so to contribute Two Fish Bunaken organize a underwater clean up.
After having done a briefing providing an explanation of how to recover the trash, as well as what should be recovered and what should be left behind, the dive took place this afternoon in Bunaken village pier. We arranged the buddy teams and both staff and guest jumped into the water with a mesh sack ready to began our search for debris and trash. After one hour underwater working together for a common good we all came up with full sacks. However it was to late for some of the rubbish found underwater at it was already part of the reef!!
Tomorrow we will report our event data to Proyect Aware
Thank you for celebrating the ocean planet with us!!
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So far, the hotspot has skipped North Sulawesi Area. And with the the likely movement of the hotspot from North of Phillipines towards Palau, potentially, Bunaken will not be affected by the bleaching. However, it does not mean that the reef does not need our help.
the Philippines, Palau, and Guam.
In the same way that people who are in shape can fight and recover from disease, corals that are tough and healthy are more likely than weaker corals to survive stressful events, such as Acanthaster outbreak, or coral bleaching. Here are some sugestions that you can do as a dive operator.
1. Ask snorkelers and divers not to touch, step, or kick the corals. Make sure divers have good buoyancy and
that their dive equipment is securely attached. Consider keeping beginner divers at a distance from bleached corals.
2. Help maintain healthy populations of herbivorous reef fish, such as parrotfish, rabbitfish, surgeon fish, rudder fish, as well as sea urchins. Consider reducing the removal of these species. These creatures play an important role in removing algae, which can overgrow
areas of the reef that had mass mortality. Algae‐free areas are crucial for baby coral to settle and grow.
3. Be informed about the bleaching and the hotspot movement (in Indonesia, around April‐June, and October‐December). Help us to understand the extent of a bleaching event by informing us about the bleaching and non‐bleaching areas among your dive sites. Therefore we can have preliminary information on
which areas are stronger than others.
4. Help us to monitor the condition of affected and unaffected dive sites. Monitoring gives us clues about which areas recover better than others.
5. Help reefs to recover faster by stabilizing substrates through rehabilitation efforts.
6. Help authorities to enforce rules in the area.
7. Encourage your divers to actively reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.