Beach & Underwater Clean-up

Posted By: Marty

Beach & Underwater Clean-up - 12/18/08 05:55 PM

White Sands Dive Shop in cooperation with The Project AWARE Foundation’s Go ECO – Explore, Conserve, Observe campaign has adopted a mile of Ambergris Cayes beach. The mile of beach begins at Las Terrazas/Journeys End Resort and extends Northward to Mata Grande. White Sands Dive Shop Manager Emiliano Rivero commented.” The Beach will be patrolled and cleaned regularly of plastics and glass with an emphasis placed on not disturbing naturally occurring beach wash such as sea grasses and drift woods necessary for the prevention of erosion and biodiversity of the area. We are not just cleaning the beach we are protecting it. This barrier island beach is a part of the reef system and were going to treat it with the same respect we give the corals.”

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AWARE ECO educates travelers about keeping natural areas pristine and encourages tour operators to implement environmentally responsible business practices. Tourism is the world’s largest industry and travelers are increasingly concerned about their destination’s environmental condition. San Pedros divers and industry leaders have a responsibility to preserve local resources they depend on every day. Project AWARE ECO Operators Such as Ambergris’s White Sands Dive Shop provides customers with experiences that enhance visitor awareness.
Posted By: Diane Campbell

Re: Beach & Underwater Clean-up - 12/18/08 07:00 PM

Wonderful to hear this will be tended to on an ongoing basis!!

The only strange thing is ...... some local high school volunteers we just finished that mile today. They started on Monday in the middle of Mata Grande, and ended up at Journey's End yesterday. They did say that JE area was fairly clean so Elberts elves probably got there first.

The high school kids have been instructed to do 30 hours of community service during their Christmas Holiday.
Two young ladies asked me to supervise their service - I bought he trash bags, they got to work and Robert Bailey hauls the trash.

Not to knock the efforts of AWARE - I am thrilled that we will benefit by this in an ongoing way - but for today a LOT of credit goes to two lovely high schoolers - Josey Martinez and Esther Medina.

Posted By: Shopgirl

Re: Beach & Underwater Clean-up - 12/18/08 07:12 PM

What a fantastic idea! Similar to what we have in the states in regard to the "Adopt a Highway" program. It is a great way to get the local community involved and create awareness. Hats off to Elbert and his team.
By the way, that is one very TALL man in that picture. grin
Or perhaps his elves are just really short!
Posted By: azbob

Re: Beach & Underwater Clean-up - 12/18/08 07:53 PM

Elbert is probably standing on a chair! wink
Way to go guys! Hopefully, the program will spread around the island. Lots of places already being taken care of.
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