Don’t forget the sea on Earth Day

The Earth got some love in Cayman last weekend when hundreds of volunteers took the roadsides and beaches to clean up garbage. This weekend, it’s the sea’s turn.

Divers and snorkellers will be taking to the water on Sunday, 21 April, as part of two separate clean ups.

Divetech is inviting divers to don their regulators and BCDs and fan out along the reefs at both or either Lighthouse Point and Cobalt Coast – depending on weather and sea conditions – to remove debris, fishing lines and whatever they find that doesn’t belong.

Divetech will donate free tanks and weights to divers taking part between 1 and 4pm on Sunday.

Jeni Chapman of Divetech advises people to call in the morning to check which site the clean up will occur. “It’s been a few years since we’ve managed to have the clean up at both sites. Usually it’s one or the other, but it’ll be at both if the weather is good,” she said.

She’ll be handing out latex gloves as well as mesh bags into which divers can place the garbage. “When you’re not looking at fish, it’s amazing how much you’ll find down there, unfortunately,” she said.

Prizes for most unusual piece of garbage, the largest piece of rubbish and the most collected will be awarded at Cobalt Coast with happy hour drink specials from 4pm onward.

The strangest piece of garbage collected on previous dives? A Mr. Coffee coffee maker, minus its glass carafe.

Divers can just show up at the event, but should call Divetech at 946-5658 to check the location.

Mangrove clean-up

Also on Sunday, conservationist Guy Harvey is organising a pre-Earth Day clean up of the mangroves along the North Sound.

He is bringing his own boat and inviting volunteers to come along to clean up the area.

Volunteers can join a boat that’s already going out or can bring their own boats.

“We’ll go right into the mangroves to remove debris and garbage,” Mr. Harvey said.

Last month, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation took part in these mangrove-lined lagoons of the San Juan Estuary in Puerto Rico and helped remove 28,000 pounds of garbage.

To get more information on the mangrove clean up or to take part, contact Stacie Sybersma on [email protected]

Earth Day this year falls on Monday, 22 April. The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “The Face of Climate Change”.

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