Help needed: Blue Water Divers’ marine clean up takes place on June 24 from 2pm to 4pm at Elbow Beach. *MCT Photo
Help needed: Blue Water Divers’ marine clean up takes place on June 24 from 2pm to 4pm at Elbow Beach. *MCT Photo
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20: Bermuda recently joined the world in raising awareness about the serious threats facing our oceans and how we can help to tackle them. In the wake of World Oceans Day, the Bermuda Sun decided to focus on some of the themes and events taking place on the island.

Blue Water Divers and Watersports is looking for volunteers to help with its upcoming marine clean-up taking place on Sunday, June 24.

The Southampton-based dive operation is looking for divers, snorkellers and kayakers to help.

The event takes place at Elbow Beach from 2pm to 4pm and Blue Water Divers will be able to provide kayaks, snorkel and scuba gear where needed.

Snorkellers will be needed to spot the trash from the surface, divers will be dispersed underwater to collect the trash while kayakers will be able to help transport it to the beach.

Volunteers will also be needed to clean up trash lining the beach.

A spokesperson from Blue Water Divers and Watersports said: “Join forces for a clean, healthy ocean. Trash doesn’t fall from the sky, it falls from human hands. And human hands have the power to stop it. You and your friends, neighbours, family, and colleagues can truly make a difference through this remarkable experience of international camaraderie on behalf of the ocean.”

Anyone wanting to hire gear should let Blue Water Divers know in advance —those with their own gear are welcome to join in the effort. Divers have to be certified and have been diving in the past 12 months.

The marine clean-up event has been organized in collaboration with Bermuda Ocean Explorers and Greenhouse Bermuda.

Mickey’s will provide pizza for the hungry helpers and it is hoped that there will be other refreshments available.

The marine clean up is part of a global effort to clean up our oceans. Throughout the year organizations and individuals around the world take part in ocean clean-ups to remove trash and debris from the sea and shorelines, identify the sources of that debris, and attempt to change the behaviours that allow it to reach the ocean in the first place.

Every year, countless marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds, and other animals are sickened, injured, or killed because of dangerous items we allow into the sea. They are poisoned, choked, or entangled in the trash we leave behind, from leaky paint cans to empty yoghurt cups to cast-off fishing line. Trash also poses health threats to humans, contaminates marine environments, and clogs boat propellers.

To sign up for the marine clean-up call Blue Water Divers on 234-1034.