A sea full of garbage

Doors, oil drums, glass and engine parts were just some of the objects found by volunteers taking part in a sea and shore clean-up last month. 

Sea clean-ups were carried out in the mangroves off the North Sound and at dive sites outside DiveTech’s two West Bay operations at Cobalt Coast and Lighthouse Point for Earth Day. 

Stacie Sybersma, who works with conservationist Guy Harvey, took part in the mangrove clean-up the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation organised. 

“For me, the most disturbing piece of trash was a Mobile Oil drum with oil inside. We also collected two doors, lots of plastic bags, plastic bottles, glass bottles and fishing line, among other things,” Ms Sybersma said. 

The team that took part in that clean-up collected about 1,000 pounds of trash, she said. Among the volunteers were Triple C students Valentina Cantelli and Ashley Wood, Mr. Harvey, his wife Jillian and daughter Jessica, Ms Sybersma, St. Matthew’s University veterinary student Ian Kolbaba, Mariasol and Mark Danzinger, and Nali Shaw.  

Over at DiveTech, 63 divers took part in the clean-up, as well as 40 volunteers who cleaned the beach at Cobalt Coast. Among the volunteers for the beach clean-up were primary school children who came with the Lightbearers Pathfinders Club. 

“The most unusual thing that came back was an outboard engine that still had the throttle cable attached,” said Jeni Chapman of DiveTech. 

Divers also found on a reef during the West Bay clean-up a 1-inch thick, 10-inch long piece of safety glass weighing about 5 pounds. 

She said more than 500 pounds of garbage was collected and 23 rubbish bags were filled. 

Also found during the DiveTech clean-up was 100 feet of fishing line, 30 toothbrushes, 23 combs and 37 single flip flops. “We didn’t find any matched pairs of flip flops,” said Ms Chapman. 

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  1. This will never change untill someone makes the locals accountable. Did you watch the Batabano parade? Disgusting. I watched one of the floats and every 20 seconds a red solo cup was thrown of the vehicle. They didn’t have a garbage can on the float or in my opinion a bunch of irresponsible people on board. This even went on long after the parade was over.

  2. Every person arriving to Caymann Islands should watch a 2-3min video about ocean pollution, like this one, for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qT-rOXB6NI. It could start right on a plane or in customs area, while people are waiting for their turn. This will show that Cayman Islands do care about protecting their environment. Every child should watch this type of video. Every hotel that don’t use biodegradable products (cups, straws, containers), should pay an extra clean-up tax. Every visitor of Hanauma Bay in Hawaii goes through a mandatory film watching that teaches them about ocean life preservation. But honestly (and sadly) we are beyond of point of no return. Two things are infinite-universe and human stupidity; and I am not sure about universe A. Einstein

  3. Well done guys and gals, cracking job.

    Just a quick comment though, the sea here is far from ‘Full of garbage’. Having dived around the world, Cayman is certainly one of the cleaner seas.
    Indeed, I always pick up trash I spot during dives but often this is just one or two pieces. Some countries I would take a mesh sack and half fill it every time – it is precisely because the sea is not too far gone that makes these efforts worthwhile.