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Divers and shoreline volunteers needed Saturday on International Cleanup Day

Date Posted: 2008-09-19

Okinawa’s military diving community and local residents are being called upon to celebrate International Cleanup Day on Saturday.

Tsunami Divers Dive Club is appealing to the public for help in targeting underwater and shoreline debris in local areas. Project AWARE Foundation, the dive industry’s leading environmental organization, is coordinating underwater clean up events, and urges divers and volunteers to jump into their wetsuits, pull on their gloves and make a splash for trash.

“Project AWARE is pleased to support Tsunami Divers dive club,” says Jenny Miller Garmendia, Director of Project AWARE Foundation. “Divers are the guardians of our underwater environments, and they often see first hand the effects of marine debris on our delicate ecosystem.” She called Saturday’s event “a fantastic example of how people can work together to take action.”

“It’s not too late to get involved,” says Tsunami Divers president Jeff Mares. “If you’re interested, go to our website, www.tsunamidivers.com, or email us at EZ@tsunamidivers.com.” He says participants do not have to be divers to be involved, as many volunteers are sought to “simply pick up trash along the shoreline.”

Plans call for cleaning up the Snabe Seawall, one of the most popular dive sites in Okinawa. “We’ll have a table set up at the south end of the sea wall to coordinate our efforts,” Mares says. The clean up begins at 8 a.m. and runs through 2 p.m. For those choosing to clean up underwater, Tsunami SCUBA will provide a free tank rental or air fill to complete the dive.

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