Dive clubs, divers and snorkellers are invited to take part in a litter clean-up… underwater!
Running from 1st August through to 31st October, the BSAC Underwater Litterpick 2012 has been timed to coincide with our annual Beachwatch Big Weekend where volunteers work together to clean up and survey litter on UK beaches. The BSAC Underwater Litterpick gives divers the chance to take the survey underwater to clean up our favourite dive sites.
“Data collected by thousands of volunteers from hundreds of beaches around the UK, and now from underwater, will be published by MCS the following Spring in the Beachwatch Summary Report. This document will be used at regional, national and international levels to raise awareness of the impacts of marine litter, to promote measures to reduce litter at source and to campaign for marine litter legislation” explains MCS Beachwatch Officer Lauren Davis.
Underwater survey results will also be used in the BSAC Underwater Litterpick 2012 report.
MCS and BSAC hope that clubs and divers around the country will deliver hundreds of Underwater Litterpicks over the next three months. BSAC-led Underwater Litterpick events are also in the pipeline, including an event at ScubaFest on the 8th & 9th September in Anglesey.
Speaking at the launch of the initiative, BSAC Chief Executive Mary Tetley called on divers to get behind the campaign.
For more information and to register for the BSAC Underwater Litterpick 2012 go to www.bsac.com/litterpick or call 0500 947202.
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