WORD ON ENVIRONMENT: Divers from around the world helped haul in more than 15 tons of rubbish around coral reefs and diving spots off Phuket, making the day a record-breaking effort in the history clean-up dives.
Hundreds of divers got up early and headed out to sea from Phuket on a flotilla of more than a dozen vessels for the ‘Dive Against Debris – 2012′ under the banner Go-Eco Phuket on Sunday (Sept. 30).
Along with the Royal Thai Navy, local government officials and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), many local organizations donated boats, fuel, time and resources to what turned out to be one of the biggest ever reef clean ups in the history of PADI eco-dives.
After a rewarding day of cutting discarded fishing nets from reefs and kinds of other junk from the sea floor, the divers gathered at Kan Eang restaurant in Chalong for a well-earned meal and entertainment with DJ Tank on the turntables and live music from the Legends of Siam, Dark Fiber and the Rockin’ Angels.
Thailand’s top reggae artist Job (Job 2 Do) and southern Thai musician Samart also put on an ‘unplugged’ performance after being flown in from Samui.
Believed to be the first mass reef clean up in the area to involve so many diving organizations, the organizers have promised to put on another eco-dive off Phuket next year.