What an amazing surprise to find out we made front page news of the Edmonds Beacon and MyEdmondsNews! for our dive against marine debris at the Port of Edmonds. This time last Saturday our first divers were gearing up to get in the water to raise awareness about marine debris and plastic in our ocean right here in Edmonds, Washington. Shawn Hayes, a senior at Meadowdale High School approached me to be his advisor on a Project Aware Underwater Clean-Up. This set things into motion and the next thing I knew, my Scuba Diving Camp was running it's first of many future dives against marine debris.
We are dumping as much marine debris and pollution into our ocean as resources we are taking out. Raising awareness about this issue is very near and dear to me. I traveled to the North Pacific Gyre, more commonly known as The Garbage Patch, aboard the SEAPLEX expedition with Scripps Institute of Oceanography for Project Kaisei in 2009. Plastic Ahoy! just released about the expedition. Being able to work together with my scuba diving friends and the Edmonds community to raise awareness about marine debris was incredibly rewarding and I am already looking forward to our next event.
We worked together preparing with Marla Kempf and Bob McChesney from the Port of Edmonds. On Monday night I spoke with the commissioners about the project and we are working on a plan of action to keep the momentum going and plan an annual or bi-annual event at the Edmonds Marina. To see the underwater images from the pre-dive I did with Kent Bigger of Underwater Sports, click here.