Phuket marine cleanup nets tons of debris

17 Aug 2013

Organisers say that more than 1,000 people joined forces to support a cleanup of Phuket’s most popular dive sites on Tuesday. The event was organised by the Go Eco Phuket group and was held to commemorate the 81st birthday of the country’s Queen Sirikit.

The army of volunteers and scuba-diving enthusiasts congregated at the island’s Chalong Pier before heading out to various destinations in the locality. The total haul for the day’s cleanup operation was a massive 4,356kgs of debris and discarded waste.

Go Eco Phuket’s Kerry Leach stated that she was satisfied with the outcome of the cleanup and also apologised for mixups over registration. She said the organisers hoped to resolve the glitch and people should find it easier to register for the 2014 cleanup.

Ms Leach continued by saying that there were more Thai volunteers this year when compared to 2012. She added that some of them were students at academic institutions on the island such as Phuket Rajabhat University.

The day’s operations also saw the volunteer force install two anchor lines at the popular Racha Yai dive site. Maitri Inthusut, the governor of Phuket, said at the conclusion of the day’s activities that he would like to see similar events take place every year to highlight the importance of preserving the island’s pristine marine environment for future generations.  

Local officials and bureaus together with the regional branch of the Thai Marine and Coastal Resources Department supported Go Eco Phuket’s innovative cleanup. Go Eco Phuket is comprised of dive shops, dive related businesses and divers based on the island.  

The 1Stop Phuket guide to diving gives a rundown of the delights of the activity in the locality.

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