The team cleaned up the coral reefs near
According to California based Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and Ocean Conservancy - an international group for oceans protection - the Reef Cleaning Day is observed on 25 September but in some countries, other bodies observe Reef Cleaning Week at the end of September, instead of allocating a specific date.
This year, hundreds of thousands of scuba divers and volunteers joined hands to clean reefs in 100 countries. The largest volunteer effort to clean up beaches and sea bed was first launched 25 years ago.
KSDC collected fishing nets, old anchors, plastic bags, soft drinks cans, a tin of chewable tobacco and a knife pricked in a coral.
According to PADI, approximately 6 million tones of debris entered into the world's oceans which turned the water bodies into a huge junkyard. Removing and documenting the junk from diving and other sites is a huge challenge. Ocean debris is already killing sea turtles, small fish, reefs and sea gulls. Thus, cleaning this threat is a crucial task not only to ensure healthy oceans but for the marine life as well.
“Scuba divers not only enjoy the colourful life under the sea but they also play an important role in conservation of rich marine life at reefs. KSDC is doing all its efforts to promote scuba diving and to preserve the biodiversity,” said Yousuf Ali, a PADI master instructor and head of KSDC founded in 1989.
“We arrange reef cleaning activities twice a year, once in March and then in September,” he added.
Coral reefs near Charna is a great diving site which holds a spectrum of marine life such as barracuda fishes, Grey sharks, eels, Angle fishes, urchins, sea fans, oysters, ray fishes and rare Green turtles. It is as beautiful as any other diving site in the world.
“Plastic bags and wrappers of pan and gutka are the killers of marine life at
Charna waters are important for commercial fishing due to rich marine life; however, it is turning into a junkyard due to the garbage thrown there by fishermen and picnickers. The area is not only home to different flora and fauna but many types of corals are also found near the island.
Ali and Khan are both frequent divers at this island. After the 2005 Tsunami in the
“There are more than 60 types of corals found near Charna waters and many new corals started to flourish after the tsunami which need attention from the marine experts. So the conservation of reefs is now more important than it was in the past,” said Ali.