Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Dive for Earth Day 2010 at Matava and Mad Fish Dive Centre

KADAVU, FIJI ISLANDS - 27 April 2010 - Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco-Adventure Resort and Mad Fish Dive Centre are again proud to have been actively involved in Project AWARE’s Dive For Earth Day 2010.

Project AWARE's Dive for Earth Day
Project AWARE’s Dive For Earth Day 2010
Earth Day has raised environmental awareness on a global scale for forty years. For ten years divers have put the ocean on the Earth Day map. Globally the oceans cover seventy per cent of the planet's surface and contain ninety per cent of the mass of life on earth. Thousands of dive volunteers in more than 115 countries have helped protect underwater environments and educate local communities for Project AWARE's Dive for Earth Day.
 
2010 is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, an international campaign designed to raise environmental awareness on a global scale.

Underwater environments are under numerous threats including pollution, debirs, climate change, overfishing, and coral bleaching. Dive for Earth Day is an extraordinary opportunity to take action and help address the underwater issues that concern you most.

Over the last 10 years, the Project AWARE Foundation have joined this effort to focus attention on aquatic environments, and named this ‘Dive for Earth Day‘.

Why?

With the oceans covering more than 70% of the Earth’s surface and providing habitat for 90% of all life on the planet, one aim is to highlight the issues facing this particular environment, including pollution, debris, climate change, overfishing and coral-bleaching. Human activity is costing the Earth. And despite the oceans’ vast expanse, our marine debris is taking its toll on aquatic eco systems.


Matava and Mad Fish Dive Centre's Efforts on Kadavu, Fiji Islands
 
A very successful rubbish filled day was had by all on Vesi Beach in aid of Project AWARE’s Dive For Earth Day 2010.

10 school children from local Vacalea Primary School joined together with all 13 members of our dive group from Poland along with all the staff from the resort and dive centre at Matava to clean up the beautiful Vesi Beach

Over 10 sacks of marine debris were collected including shoes, fishing nets, plastic bags and even a plastic chair! Then the sun shone for us as everyone enjoyed a BBQ, lolling around in the sea and plenty of touch rugby.

"At Matava, and Mad Fish Dive Centre we are of course both happy and proud to be involved in this global event and  in the South Pacific and indeed the World" said Matava Director, Richard Akhtar. " The educational value to the local scholl children should not be underestimated and they thoroughly enjoyed their day!"

Matava - Fiji's Premier 
Eco-Adventure Resort Mr Akhtar finished by saying "We would like to thank all friends and clients of Matava especially the dive group of Poles who were in-house and participated. They have all contributed to the success of our ecotourism principles and the resort and we look forward to exciting times ahead."

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