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Divers delve deep to help protect local waterways

A group of volunteers will delve beneath the surface of Hobart’s waterfront this afternoon (Tuesday, 6 February) in a bid to help protect and conserve the marine environment.

Now in its 10th year, the annual Marine Debris Clean-Up and Dive always secures a major haul of debris including witches hats, seats, shopping trolleys, bikes and wallets.

Tas Uni Dive Club (TUDC) volunteers, both in and out of the water, conduct the annual event.

Around 30 divers, as well 15 support volunteers, will attend this afternoon’s clean-up, which gets underway from 5.30pm between Princes Wharf and Elizabeth St Pier.

“Every year we carry out the clean-up dive it is staggering to see the amount of rubbish which is brought to the surface,” dive coordinator Andrew Bain said.

“To date, we would have pulled several tonnes of rubbish out.”

Further to the removal of rubbish, Andrew said the dives also help to raise awareness of the amount of rubbish which pollutes the waterways.

“It’s vital we all play a part in helping to protect and maintain our local marine environment,” he said.

The Hobart event is one of a series of annual clean-ups held across the State.

As part of the clean-ups, debris is classified and recorded for State and national databases and international records.

This year’s event is supported by Veolia and The Dive Shop.

Published on: 06 Feb 2018 9:48am