Divers continue their efforts to help protect the reefs on Curacao. Starting in 2017 with the initiation of a project by the Curacao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) in partnership with PADI’s Project AWARE Adopt a Dive Site initiative, local dive operators were encouraged to adopt their house reefs.
The uptake in the program has grown from 4 initial participants to 12, and the program has further expanded with Dive Against Debris events taking place across the whole island.
In 2017, there was nearly a trash dive per week, with 47 dives happening over the year, that resulted in 1,517kg/3,344 lbs of debris being collected. Organizers are looking forward to 2018 and are expecting that participation and activity to increase. According to Miles Mercera, the CEO of CHATA:
“Our island’s subaquatic life is one of the many things that sets our island apart from the others in the Caribbean. So, it is of immense importance that we all work together as a sustainable community to conserve our ocean. The commitment of the Dive Task Force to the Dive Against Debris and Adopt a Dive Site Initiatives is the first step for sustaining and spreading awareness of our island’s ocean life. With the assistance and teamwork of the entire community I am certain that we can make this initiative bigger, create a sustainable change and provide the upcoming generation a healthier ecological marine life.”
You can find out more about the activities on Curacao here.