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John Keells 'Dive against Debris' campaign

The International Diving Centre (IDC) and Cinnamon Nature Trails, based at Chaaya Blu Hotel, recently removed 250 kg of abandoned fishing nets and plastics from Swamy Rock reef in the seas off Trincomalee as part of Project Aware's 'Dive Against Debris' campaign.

Both entities have joined forces to take action against marine debris to raise awareness of this issue.

Project Aware has produced an infographic 'The Ugly Journey of Trash' which provides an overview of the amount of marine debris plaguing oceans globally. It states, "over six million tons of marine litter may be entering our ocean each year" and "as much as 70% of it ends up on the sea bed".

The ocean is a resource that is critical to our health and livelihood and yet only around 2% of it is protected, compared to 12% of land.

The scuba community is united in their efforts to conserve the ocean through PADI's Project Aware movement, an initiative described as 'the largest global movement of divers acting in their own communities to protect oceans and implement lasting change'.

The Instructors at the International Dive Centre, Sri Lanka, with Marine Naturalists for Cinnamon Nature Trails and a few other volunteers combining their resources, spent half-a-day diving and cutting away heavy nets, disentangling trapped fish and collecting trash that littered the reef.

They also contributed data through a survey, which Project Aware uses to implement change in waste management policies on a local and global scale.

 

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