Sunday, 27 May 2012

GUDC Cleans Up The Seaway!

Team Clean-Up with the spoils of our efforts. Photo: Ryan Pearson
By Ryan Pearson
A heap of members from the Griffith Uni Dive Club took time out their busy schedules to do some good for the marine world today. Here's our story...

22 of us ventured down to the end of the spit, onion bags in hand, gloves on, and with a mission in mind... to save some critters by removing the mountains of discarded fishing line, hooks, and other trash that has accumulated in the seaway. 

Nicolas Rakotopare picking up one of many tangles of discarded fishing line. Photo: Ryan Pearson
The vis had dropped a bit from the 15m it was earlier in the week, but that didn't make it any harder to find things to collect... fishing line is everywhere down there! About an hour later, we all surfaced, bags full, to a well earned BBQ prepared by Ben (thanks Benny!).

We had a few visitors including Megan from the Save Our Spit Association, and the Sarah Shark crew were there to film a video of our exploits, so keep an eye out for that, and thanks to Devocean Dive for all of your help and gear. All in all it was a great day, thanks to everyone who came and helped out.

Here's some pics of the crew in action, and some of the marine life. Enjoy!
Some Giant Trevally. Photo: Ryan Pearson

This poor Giant Trevally was struggling to swim with e lure in his face, and a sinker dangling off him on fishing line. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Sarah Shark and friends doing their part in the clean up. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Shawtima doing her 'peace'. Photo: Ryan Pearson
Nico. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Caragh Nelson taking out the trash. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Chef extroardinaire Ben Murray getting his hands dirty. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Diwi did Ok too! Photo: Ryan Pearson

Surface time. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Kieren Curry... the alien from the deep. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Hugh doing some filming. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Simon with his large contribution. Photo: Ryan Pearson
 
Giant trevally under the sand pipe. Photo: Ryan Pearson
A large school of Bigeye Trevally. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Bigeye trevally. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Bags too heavy to carry. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Shary getting trashed. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Smoko time. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Returning with bags full. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Julie looking stoked! Photo: Ryan Pearson

Steve keeping watch. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Team clean-up! Well done guys! Photo: Ryan Pearson

3 comments:

Shawtima McLoughlan said...

It's amazing what a group of like-minded individuals can achieve in one afternoon. Big thanks for capturing a really success event!

Caragh Nelson said...

This is awesome Ryan! Photos are amazing!

Caragh Nelson said...

So awesome Ryan!