Phuket dive company Scuba Cat Diving organised an underwater clean-up at Racha Yai island on June 17, collecting a whopping 280 kg in 80 minutes of diving.
General Manager of Scuba Cat Diving Sarah Kench said, “It was great to see such a turn out, MV Scuba Fun (the company’s boat) was full to capacity, with 25 people split into four teams to help remove trash from our valuable reef.”
The teams first headed to ‘Bay 4’ of Racha Yai Island, where they quickly set about retrieving a huge fishing net that had become entangled in the reefs.
Mrs Kench said, “After lunch on board the boat we decided to move to another bay on Racha Yai Island where all the fishing boats come in to shelter when the sea is rough. This was a great decision; as there were nets, ropes and lines everywhere.”
All the debris collected was registered with environmental group Project Aware to help them with their ongoing marine-based data collection.
Mrs Kench said that the money raised through the event, after covering the cost of fuel, transport and food, would go to contributing to the organisation of future events.