By Stefanos Evripidou
LOCAL DIVING centres are taking part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most participants in an underwater clean up across multiple venues today.
Peter Crane from the Scuba Tech Diving Centre in Protaras told the Sunday Mail yesterday that the record-breaking attempt will be undertaken by two local diving centres in association with the Global Underwater Awareness Association (GUWAA).
The global event, which started yesterday and ends today, is taking place across the world in 80 countries after being officially opened by Prince Albert II of Monaco.
“We at Scuba Tech Diving Centre will be working with Windmills Divers to bring up as much rubbish as possible from our local dive site, Green Bay,” said Crane.
“Our seas are often littered with used drinks cans, cardboard and plastic bags, which are detrimental to the marine life off our coast line. This year in particular, we are seeing quite a number of turtles around the Cyprus coast and plastic bags are often mistaken for jelly fish by these majestic creatures but when they try to eat them, they suffocate,” he added.
Crane noted that divers from the centre often try to bring up bits of rubbish from every dive they do, but today’s organised event will focus solely on the removal of litter from the sea.
“The underwater record attempt involves over 80 different countries with divers from many walks of life, all working together to try and raise awareness for the health of our seas and oceans,” he said.
The attempt began yesterday internationally and ends this evening.
The Cyprus divers have arranged to begin their beach clean up at Green Bay, Protaras today at 10am, and will provide free air fills for any divers taking part.
According to the GUWAA website, the 2nd World Underwater Protection and Cleanup Day is focused on “reducing the amount and impact of land-based litter and solid waste in lakes, rivers and seas as well as its ecological, economic, health, social and security impacts which irresponsible waste management can cause globally”.
For more information, go to the GUWAA website at: http://whiteflagint.com/guwaa/.