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Earth Day Clean Up 2004

At the same time as the annual Earth Day Clean Up a Reefball Project was introduced by John Walch (Coral Propagation Expert) and Todd Barber (Chairman of the Reef Ball Foundation) at Racha Island. This project is under the patronage of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the ceremony was officially opened by HE Suwit Khunkiti, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. For more information about this very interesting project please have look at http://www.reefball.org/ or http://www.reefball.com/


The official part of the Clean Up Day took place at The Racha, a new 5* location at Bungalow Bay on Racha Islands. They provided the transport from the beach to the resort, though a lot of people preferred to walk.

After lunch buffet traditionally the 13 students from the DOCT Divemaster Program were honored by receiving their certificates from HE Suwit Khunkiti, Minister of Natural Resources and Enviroment, PADI Regional Manager Rick Ray, Holger and Andrea from DOCT.
Final point of the day was when HE Suwit Khunkiti inspected the garbage - on the first glimpse it was recognizable that almost all of the garbage can be related to fishery, from fishing nets, ropes, fishing lines with hooks to oil filters and dumped batteries.

Collection Data - provided by Niphon Phongsuwan from Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC)
Fishing gears (such as fishing net, hook line)
111.33 kg

The Divers from Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC)
Rope
52.80 kg
Glass bottle
15.60 kg
Soft drink can and beer can
6.80 kg
Metal sling
12.80 kg
Other metal materials
16.20 kg
Plastic and foam
74.70 kg
Rubber tube
3.00 kg
Cloth
11.20 kg
Tire
28.00 kg
Other
13.30 kg
Total
345.73 kg

These two joint events DOCT Earth Day Clean Up and Reefball Project got a great coverage by the press. We spotted: Andaman News, Channel 11, Channel V, various radio channels, SingTai, Scuba Globe, Phuket Gazette, Tip and Bubble Vision.

Summarising we want to thank all sponsors, participants and organizers for this successfull day !



The DOCT Committee

 

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