A team of Aquarists from Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park took their care of our local sea to the next level this week, by taking part in a shore diving beach clean.
The idea came about when keen divers and conservationists Phill Manning and Kico Iraola, who work at the park, took a sea dive near Weymouth Beach and came across areas of littered waters. They regularly take part in organised land beach cleans, but wanted to do more to help and so organised their first ever underwater beach clean on Chesil Beach.
“This Summer, divers from Weymouth SEA LIFE will be taking part in a series of shore diving beach cleans along the Dorset Coast, collecting and documenting the rubbish we find,” said Kico, Curator at the aquarium. “We’re hoping to make this a regular event and so if any local dive clubs would like to organise a dive team and get involved in rubbish collection, we would love to hear of your progress and log the rubbish you collect during your dives.”
The team’s first dive took place on Wednesday the 26th June along Chesil Beach where they collected a lot of ropes and fishing wires tangled amongst the sea bed. Cutting them free and collecting the debris was labour intensive, so they are keen to do more diving beach cleans over the summer.
Weymouth SEA LIFE managed their dive team, and ask that all divers act responsibly; managing equipment and safety.
For further information or to report any rubbish collected from the local waters, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
See a short video from the dive here: