|Cleaning up TCI’s ocean one dive at a time!|
|Thursday, 30 June 2011 09:59|
Two environmentally conscious Providenciales residents put a twist on beach cleanup when they went down under to clean up the sea.
The duo, Lynn Robinson and Kevin Bethel, donned their scuba gear last weekend and took to the oceans for a unique cleaning.
Their mission started at the Bight Children’s Park and slowly works its way to the Turks and Caicos Club and back to the Children’s Park. In the course of two hours, the pair found copious amounts of ocean poising garbage.
Recovered trash included scores of beer bottles and cans; plastic bottles, plastic forks, spoons and knives; drinking glasses; toys; towels and much more.
The avid scuba divers regularly swim the route in preparation for the 2nd Annual Turks and Caicos “Race for the Conch” Eco-SeaSwim, which will be held along the shores of Grace Bay beach on July 9. The twosome were determined to clean the stretch of ocean and hope that other residents and visitors will be inspired to do their part in cleaning TCI’s oceans.
“We care so much for our underwater environment, and it disheartens us that both residents and tourists can be so careless in the proper disposal of their waste,” Robinson said. “We urge everyone to please take care when visiting our beautiful beaches, cut down on the use of single use plastic, dispose of trash properly and help keep Turks and Caicos clean!”
As much as 10 percent of the 260 million tons of plastic produced worldwide annually ends up in the oceans and saturates the water and becomes a toxic part of the marine ecosystem.
According to the U.K.’s Marine Conservation Society, a national environmental nonprofit, more than a million seabirds and 100,000 mammals and sea turtles die globally each year from entanglement in, or ingestion of plastics.
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