Three boats ferried the five divers out to the Browns Bay Reef while the other group walked around the beach and reserve to pick up any rubbish they could find. The result was good and not a lot of rubbish was collected.
The Browns Bay Reef is in excellent condition with plenty of fish life, a few small crayfish, big sponges, only the occasional kina, healthy looking kelp and a variety of small fish and star fish. This years cleanup netted very little bootie which is a great result to think there is a lot less rubbish washing around the reef at the moment.
The divers collected a couple of anchors and chains, also a large net and rope with buoys attached. Other than that the area we were diving had very little fishing line or other debris.
The group walking around the beach found the usual cigarette butts and bits and pieces of rubbish, but once again considerably clean. It has been Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week with a big cleanup around different areas which is great to see. If only people would take more pride of our beautiful Country and surrounding Seas.
The Club raised $200 to donate to ‘Project Aware’ Dive Against Debris, NZUA got behind it this year and were hoping to raise $10K throughout New Zealand Dive Clubs and Shops. The last time I checked the NZUA website they were up to $1,128 a long way to go to their $10K target.
Ren and Chris Waring very kindly offered their home for a Club BBQ.
Thank you to the divers Martin Saggers, Brian Stafford-Bush, Margaret Howard, Charlie Hazelden and Yuin Foong. Also thank you to those who bought their boat Bruce Nixon, Richard Humphries and Charlie Hazelden.
The boatmen and beach helpers were John Freeman, Tarryn Young, Jill Hazelden, Ren Waring, Peter Howard, Kiri Humphries, Denis and Trish Adams. The weather was kind and we had a very successful day.
Margaret Howard Report