Guardians of the S.E.A.A. cleared record 155kg of marine trash at first reef cleanup of 2018

Our first reef cleanup of the year on 9 June 2018 set a new record. 155kg of marine trash, most of which were discarded glass bottles, was collected by 18 public divers and 6 S.E.A. Aquarium staff divers in the waters around Pulau Hantu Kechil.

Dive supervisor Zulfi Bin Mazlan giving a first briefing once everyone was onboard.
All ready to set sail.
Checking and prepping their gear.

A surprise visitor at the jetty of Pulau Hantu Kechil.
Each dive lasted about 50 minutes and the divers reached an average depth of about 10 metres. Abandoned tyres were picked up on both dives.

Kelly Timmins, Senior Manager of Conservation and Education, sorting the trash with some of the crew.
The bulk of the trash was made up of glass bottles. A total of 100 glass bottles were collected.
Tabulating the total amount of trash collected.
Weighing the bags of trash back on shore. Some of the bags weighed more than 25kg each.

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.

All done and ready to call it a day.
Healthy ocean, healthy us!

A big thank you to all participants who joined us at this meaningful event. Every action counts in our effort to protect our ocean. If you’d like to participate in conservation related activities such as reef cleanup, beach cleanup, workshops and sharing sessions by leading marine biologists, join us as Guardians of the S.E.A.A.. Details here

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