Tampa, FL – June 4, 2014. Tampa Bay Green Consortium (TBGC) will conduct a Dive Against Debris event and a beach cleanup on Saturday, June 21 at Spanish Rocks Reef, Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island. TBGC and Keep Manatee Beautiful will conduct a coordinated beach cleanup during this event. As part of TBGC’s commitment to protecting the ocean, trained volunteer divers not only remove underwater debris such as plastics and fishing line, but also identify and document everything seen and collected underwater in a larger effort to prevent marine debris. This, in coordination with the beach cleanup, will help ensure adult female turtles do not become trapped by beach debris during their attempts to lay a nest, which increases the difficulty of the already arduous nesting process. This event will also remove debris on the beach or in the water that can entangle or trap emerging sea turtle hatchlings, preventing them from ever reaching the sea.
Dan Fisher, President of TBGC, has sponsored Dive Against Debris events for over five years and feels positive about the dive cleanup and stated that “As turtle nesting season starts in the Anna Maria Island area, we want to ensure minimal entanglement injuries and maximum nestings this year. We will also use this opportunity to record the debris data collected here in the Tampa Bay region which will be used to inform, persuade and empower policy makers and other stakeholders to establish and improve integrated solid waste management practices.”
Dive Against Debris, organized worldwide by Project AWARE Foundation, a nonprofit organization mobilizing divers to protect the ocean, is an underwater survey of marine debris, the first one written specifically for volunteer divers that combines underwater cleanups with critical data collection that helps address marine debris problems. On June 21st, volunteer divers, kayakers and data collectors will assist in the debris collection. Supporting this event, World of Water and Scuba Quest dive shops will provide free air tanks for volunteer divers and North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is providing food and drink for the volunteers.
For more information on the dive cleanup visit TampaBayGreenConsortium.org or contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Tampa Bay Green Consortium:
Through strategic alliances, partnerships and people, the Tampa Bay Green Consortium, a 501(c) non-profit organization, provides the guidance, resources, and tools to help increase environmental awareness within the community to promote the sharing of knowledge, people and resources needed for environment projects focusing on sea turtle conservation, marine debris, and environmental education