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A new world record for largest underwater cleanup

Date: 08-Jul-19
Author: Liam Taylor

Underwater cleanups may help reduce the amount of waste already in the ocean, but ultimately we need to stem the flow of marine plastic debris at source.Image: Amy Humphries/Unsplash © Amy Humphries/Unsplash

Underwater cleanups may help reduce the amount of waste already in the ocean, but ultimately we need to stem the flow of marine plastic debris at source.Image: Amy Humphries/Unsplash

A group of over 600 scuba divers last month broke the world record for an underwater cleanup, retrieving over 9,000 items of marine debris.

The 15th annual Save Deerfield Beach cleanup event was orchestrated by diving operator Dixie Divers in collaboration with the Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach. The event drew 633 divers from the United States, Europe and South America, breaking the previous record of 614 cleaning divers set in 2015 in Egypt’s Red Sea.

During the event 544 kilograms of trash was removed from the Deerfield Beach Pier by scuba diving participants, the majority of which consisted of discarded fishing gear such as lines, nets and weights. The city of Deerfield Beach, Florida has committed to handling the recycling and responsible disposal of all debris retrieved.

The results of the cleanup will be recorded by ocean conservation group Project AWARE as part of its Dive Against Debris program, which aims to give scuba divers the motivation to remove marine debris from the seafloor and report data on the types, quantities and locations of materials collected. To date, the citizen science program has attracted over 50,000 contributing divers from 114 countries.

A number of campaigns and events have highlighted the plight of the world’s oceans in 2019, including World Ocean’s Day in early June.

 

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Liam                                              Taylor
Author: Liam Taylor

Liam is Planet Ark's Communications Coordinator. Prior to joining Planet Ark Liam spent his time studying global environmental issues, travelling Southeast Asia on the cheap and working for a sustainable property management company in Bali, Indonesia.



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