Divers clean up Seychelles marine park as part of global clean-up campaign

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A team of four divers cleared debris in the Providence region located in the Ste Anne Marine Park about 5 km from the main island of Mahé. (Seychelles National Parks Authority)

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(Seychelles News Agency) – Seychelles launched the Clean Up the World Campaign on Friday with a diving cleaning in the marine park of Ste Anne.

A team of four divers cleared debris in the Providence region located in the Ste Anne Marine Park about 5 km from the main island of Mahé.

The Marine National Park, a favorite spot for snorkeling, includes six islands: Ste Anne, Moyen, Ronde, Longue, Cachee and Cerf. It was the first such park to be established in the Indian Ocean in March 1973.

This is the second dive clean-up organized by the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) to mark the Clean Up the World campaign. The premiere took place last year with the help of Whitetip Divers Dive Center.

Environment Minister Flavien Joubert told reporters after the dive that “we want to take a new approach with the campaign to not only clean up communities but also clean up our sea because the sea also needs water. Warning”.

Joubert added that “the impression we have is that there is a lot of fishing going on in this area, leaving behind a lot of associated debris.”

Among the rubbish the group was able to collect were old ropes, fishing nets and an old anchor.

The waste collected during the dive is cleaned. (Seychelles National Parks Authority) Photo license: CC-BY

The crew said closer to shore they found many empty PET bottles and other trash associated with people visiting the area.

“It shows that we haven’t changed our behavior yet. We are not yet aware that we cannot throw away a place, but rather we should take our waste and take it with us and not throw it in the sea.” , Joubert said.

One of the divers on the clean-up expedition, Dominic Thelermont, said “as long as we have the resources we plan to continue the work we have started.”

In addition to the dive clean-up, other activities have been planned this weekend to mark the annual global event, and the added incentive to let people dump their household and community waste for free at the 8am Providence landfill. at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

“We are encouraged to see that despite the current situation, people are actually participating in the clean-up exercises that are taking place in the different neighborhoods as well as in some other selected locations,” Joubert said.

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