At the same time as the annual Earth
Day Clean Up a Reefball Project was introduced by John Walch
(Coral Propagation Expert) and Todd Barber (Chairman of the Reef
Ball Foundation) at Racha Island. This
project is under the patronage of the Ministry of Natural
Resources and Environment and the ceremony was officially
by HE Suwit Khunkiti, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. For more information about this very
interesting project please have look at http://www.reefball.org/
The official part of the
Clean Up Day took place at The Racha, a new 5* location at Bungalow
Bay on Racha Islands. They provided the transport from the beach to
the resort, though a lot of people preferred to walk.
After lunch buffet traditionally the
13 students from the DOCT Divemaster Program were honored by
receiving their certificates from HE Suwit Khunkiti, Minister of
Natural Resources and Enviroment, PADI Regional Manager Rick Ray,
Holger and Andrea from DOCT.
Final point of the day was when HE
Suwit Khunkiti inspected the garbage - on the first glimpse it was
recognizable that almost all of the garbage can be related to
fishery, from fishing nets, ropes, fishing lines with hooks to oil
filters and dumped batteries.
|Collection Data - provided by Niphon Phongsuwan
from Phuket Marine Biological Center
|Fishing gears (such as fishing net, hook line)
The Divers from Phuket Marine
Biological Center (PMBC)
|Soft drink can and beer can
|Other metal materials
|Plastic and foam
These two joint events – DOCT
Earth Day Clean Up and Reefball Project
got a great coverage by the press. We spotted: Andaman News, Channel
11, Channel V, various radio channels, SingTai, Scuba Globe, Phuket
Gazette, Tip and Bubble Vision.
Summarising we want to thank
all sponsors, participants and organizers for this successfull day !
The DOCT Committee