On 4 November 2017, Guardians of the S.E.A.A. embarked on our second bi-annual reef cleanup at Pulau Hantu with 22 divers – 10 Divemasters from S.E.A. Aquarium and 11 public divers, all of whom have at least an Advanced Open Water certification.
The divers reached an average depth of six metres and covered a total area of about 6,648 square metres in two dive sites around Pulau Hantu. Underwater visibility was better than expected, and the divers spotted many beautiful marine life.
Several divers commented that the dive sites appeared slightly cleaner than before. It seems that their observation coincided with the result of the cleanup this time round. Compared to our first reef cleanup earlier in June where we picked up 63kg of marine trash, this time round, there was a 6kg reduction.
We picked up a total of 158 items, including 38 plastic bags, 36 plastic cups/plates/cutlery and 34 glass bottles. Data on the trash collected was handed to Project AWARE’s flagship citizen-science programme Dive Against Debris®, which collates information on the distribution of marine litter around the globe.
A big thank you to all participants. If you wish to be part of our next reef cleanup or other Guardians of the S.E.A.A. events, sign up as a member of Guardians of the S.E.A.A. if you haven’t already.