On Thursday 27th September Global Vision International Cap Ternay Expedition organised a beach, reef and mangrove clean-up as part of the ‘Debris Month of Action’. The month of activities is organised and promoted by PADI project AWARE to raise awareness of the importance of keeping our coastlines clean. The aim of the month was to get organisations across the globe take part in beach cleans and clean up dives.
The GVI base at Cap Ternay organised and hosted a day full of clean up events. Project partners from across the Island of Mahe including Seychelles National Parks Authority and Save our Seas representatives, joined together with staff and volunteers to collect an amazing amount of debris throughout the day. The day was split into sections with the morning groups sent out on foot across the Cap Ternay Marine Park collecting close to half a ton of rubbish from the beaches and surrounding area.
A wide array of items were found and collected including 12 bags of plastic bottles, a sink, a toilet and an air conditioning unit! After a morning of heavy duty clean up, the volunteers were rewarded by a Creole style BBQ. In the afternoon everyone took to the water to take part in clean up dives within the Baie Ternay Marine Park. Luckily the Baie Ternay park is well maintained and little litter was found, however it was also an opportunity for the Marine Parks Rangers to get out into the Baie and remove some fishing traps and equipment which are prohibited within the park boarders.
Taking part in the mornings events was ‘Akyson pou lanvironnman’ a group of local teenagers who have formed an Action for the Environment club who take part in local environmental activities. As many of this group were too young to join the dives, they instead formed a snorkel group and with the guidance of GVI volunteers enjoyed an afternoon of 'Snorkelling for Debris within the bay.
The day was a huge success with 436Kg of Debris collected. Once the rubbish had be weighed it was separated so that items such as plastic bottles and Tin cans were able to be sent away for recycling.
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