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Curaçao Dive Centres Take Action Against Marine Debris

chata cleaunup pisk1000Curaçao's dive centres are banding together to clean up the island's reefs, pictured here at Piaskado (photo: The Dive Bus)

Dive centres in Curaçao have banded together to clean up their reefs – each centre is adopting one dive site and running monthly clean-up dives. 

The centres have formed The Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association’s (CHATA) Dive Task Force and are asking visiting divers to join their reef cleaning dives.

The CEO of CHATA, Miles Mercera said:  'Our ocean and dive sites are an important component of our tourism product. It is a shared responsibility of the whole community to conserve and positively contribute to our natural resources, such as our ocean and dive sites for the benefit of our future generations. The commitment of the Dive Task Force to the Dive Against Debris and Adopt a Dive Site initiatives is an important step towards the creation of awareness regarding the negative effects of marine debris on the island and ultimately the conservation of our ocean. However, to create sustainable change, we need the commitment of the entire community; government, private sector and citizens alike to come together and support this great initiative by the CHATA Dive Task Force'

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Divers at Pierbaai after their cleanup (photo: The Dive Bus)

'The commitment of the Dive Task Force to the Dive Against Debris and Adopt a Dive Site initiatives is an important step towards the creation of awareness regarding the negative effects of marine debris on the island and ultimately the conservation of our ocean. However, to create sustainable change, we need the commitment of the entire community; government, private sector and citizens alike to come together and support this great initiative by the CHATA Dive Task Force'

'However, to create sustainable change, we need the commitment of the entire community; government, private sector and citizens alike to come together and support this great initiative by the CHATA Dive Task Force'

To date, The Dive BusCURious 2 DiveOcean Encounters Diving and Scuba Lodge Dive Center have adopted their own dive sites through the Project AWARE programme of taking responsibility for a local dive, and CHATA hopes that more will join in the near future.

 

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Divers cleaning up at the popular dive site of Tugboat (photo: The Dive Bus)

If you’re a certified diver resident on Curaçao, or planning a holiday there in the future, you can join one of the CHATA Dive Task Force members for a free monthly Dive Against Debris clean-up to collect and remove marine debris and report important data. Click the link for more information and the current schedule.

 

 

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