Divers’ har­bour clean

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

A WEST Wales div­ing club re­cently held a lit­ter-pick and scav­enger hunt at Burry Port Har­bour.

Four­teen mem­bers of Am­man­ford Sub-Aqua Club, friends and fam­ily joined forces to clear rub­bish from the car park, coastal path and lo­cal beach. Over the course of two hours, six bags were filled with all sorts of weird and won­der­ful items, from fish­ing line and food wrap­pers, to ra­di­a­tor pan­els and even a shop­ping trol­ley!

It wasn’t all hard work, though; the event in­cluded a win­ter ‘rum walk’ through Pem­brey Coun­try Park and a highly com­mended carvery at the Ash­burn­ham Ho­tel, where teams were awarded prizes for their ef­forts.

Dis­carded rub­bish of­ten lies at the bot­tom of the sea, hid­den from most peo­ple’s view. But scuba divers — such as ASAC’s mem­bers — see first-hand the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects it has on beaches, the ocean, and ma­rine life.

For­tu­nately, calls to tackle the prob­lem are in­creas­ing, with de­mands to ban plas­tic, and pleas for ac­tion from renowned nat­u­ral­ist Sir David At­ten­bor­ough.

Closer to home, BBC’s Coun­try­file and Coun­try­file Di­aries have both fea­tured ASAC’s lit­ter­picks along Gower and Burry Port to help high­light the is­sue of lit­ter and ma­rine con­ser­va­tion.

Club mem­ber Danielle Schofield said: “If we see rub­bish on any of our reg­u­lar dives, we’ll al­ways pick it up if it’s safe to do so.

“We of­ten find fish­ing weights, bot­tles, or drinks cans, and many of us have res­cued crus­taceans or fish that have be­come en­tan­gled in ghost nets.”

Am­man­ford Sub-Aqua Club helped clean Burry Port Har­bour

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