By Reef Check Thailand Coordinator, Dr. Suchana Apple Chavanich
On September 30, 2012, Reef Check Thailand was proud to be part of the biggest diving event in Phuket – “Go Eco Phuket – Dive Against Debris”. The event was organized by PADI Project Aware with the support from several Thai government offices, PADI dive shops, PADI professionals, PADI divers as well as universities and volunteers. More than 500 divers and 200 volunteers participated in this event. In addition, 14 vessels were generously donated and sponsored by the dive shops for use during the event. Reef Check Thailand generously sponsored one of the Scuba Cat Diving boats. Go-Eco Phuket’s goals were to safely remove debris from the reefs and beaches of Phuket and other surrounding islands, and to build a network of eco divers to raise awareness and find solutions to local problems. At the end of the underwater cleanup, about 15 tons of debris was removed.