Seabed clean-up at St Paul’s Bay to­day

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Liv­ing on an is­land brings us Mal­tese in con­stant con­tact with the sea – our beau­ti­ful blue Mediter­ranean.

On a calm sum­mer day, for many, noth­ing could be more serene and re­lax­ing than en­gag­ing in some ac­tiv­ity with the marine en­vi­ron­ment, even if it is just sit­ting on the shore, watch­ing the sun set while eat­ing a de­li­cious piece of hobz biz-zejt.

Un­for­tu­nately, at this point in time, the sea is taken too much for granted. While the sur­face may seem to be as it has al­ways been, be­neath the waves, right down to the sea bed, it is a dif­fer­ent story.

It is dis­tress­ing to see, es­pe­cially around coastal ar­eas, where prom­e­nades al­low the crowds to ap­proach the shore line, that the sea bed is choked with all sorts of lit­ter and other rub­bish – some­times of large pro­por­tions.

The dis­tress grows when it is ev­i­dent that this sit­u­a­tion could have been eas­ily avoided by sim­ply dis­pos­ing of this rub­bish safely in­stead of per­sist­ing in this be­hav­iour.

Last June the At­lam Subaqua club and the Malta Free­d­iv­ing Club or­gan­ised an un­der­wa­ter clean up at St. Pauls bay as part of World Ocean day cel­e­bra­tions – and the amount of rub­bish col­lected in just three hours was as­tound­ing!

The large skip pro­vided was not enough, and due to time and re­sources con­straints, much rub­bish had to be left on the sea bed. The clean-up work needs to con­tinue!

To this end, as part of the cur­rent Na­tional Clean Up Day cam­paign, the At­lam Sub Aqua Club http://www.at­lam.org/,

https://www.face­book.com/groups/132565648913/ is or­gan­is­ing another clean up toady in the har­bour area of St Paul’s Bay. The meet­ing place is next to the slip­way, at 0900. Divers and helpers on shore are re­quired. The divers must be cer­ti­fied to CMAS two star / PADI Ad­vanced or equiv­a­lent. Cylin­ders will be avail­able free of charge, thanks to our spon­sors Strand Div­ing Ser­vices and Scu­bat­ech. Snorkel­ers and free­d­ivers are also in­vited to at­tend.

The or­gan­is­ers can be dwardu72@gmail.com.

Also on face­book at St Paul’s Bay –un­der­wa­ter cleanup https://www.face­book.com/search/top/?q=st%20paul%2 7s%20bay%20-%20un­der%20wa­ter%20cleanup con­tacted on 9987 2950 /

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