A community group has launched an incentive for scuba divers to clean up our waterways, while they’re down below.
Anyone taking part in underwater clean ups between Mackay and Tweed Heads, between November 2022 to July 2023, can register for a raffle of almost 50 prizes worth over $5000.
The community group, Sunshine Coast Clean Up Divers, has put together the promotion to help encourage the removal of underwater debris across Southern Queensland.
A Grand prize is also on offer, for a stay at Heron Island Resort worth nearly $1000.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, our oceans are littered with harmful debris and current research estimates that almost 70 per cent of all debris sinks.
“Marine debris pollutes our water, poisons marine life and negatively alters the balance of ecosystems,” a spokesperson from SCCUD says.
“The problem is widespread in Australia; with illegal dumping, run off and increased flooding leading to an ever increasing amount of debris in our waters.”
“SCCUD, with the support of dozens of sponsors, is leading a promotion to address the scourge of hidden rubbish.”
“Underwater explorers are uniquely positioned to lead the removal of marine debris, which is often delicate, costly and even dangerous to engage in.”
“Utilising the existing procedures, support and systems of PADI AWARE’s ‘Dive Against Debris’ program, divers can easily learn about responsible diving, clean up diving and register the debris they find to help inform policy and address marine debris across the planet.”
Operating since 2018, SCCUD has hosted dozens of clean up dive events, engaging 100’s of divers, and removing in excess of 2 tonnes of debris including over 80km of fishing line.