We played our part and cleaned up small 3 small areas of Koh Tao and collected as much rubbish as possible. With teams from Mojo Divers, Sairee Cottage Diving, Roctopus Dive, Goodtime Adventures, Scuba Junction and joined by Coral Gardening.
It started off with lectures at Goodtime Adventures from Vera and Frank on their Coral Gardening organisation and how they create artificial reefs and its impact on the local environment. Here’s the YouTube link to part of their presentation on bycatch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=Vb-oRZB1noo.
Alan gave a lecture on “Luminous beings are we…” something about Yoda and cleaner shrimps. You had to have been there and maybe next time you will.
After lunch we split into three teams; a land cleaning team led by Chris who want to Meks Mountain and Fraggle Rock; a diving team on the Scuba Junction boat who went to Shark Bay & a diving team on the Sairee Cottage boat who went to Lighthouse. The weather was a little windy but still collected a lot of rubbish from Shark Bay, a lot seemed to be ropes & rice sacks that had become caught on corals and strangely some male underwear.
A shower and break afterwards we all met again at Banyan Bar for a free BBQ and beer and a proper party with live music from Simon Wright, its not all work work work you know. #getinvolved