Beaches and coral reefs around Bali received a much-needed helping hand as part of World Oceans Day on June 8.

Themed “Youth: The Next Wave of Change”, the 2012 celebrations also drew big crowds at Kedonganan, South Bali for the inaugural Coral Triangle Day celebrations.

Dozens of volunteer divers, local fishermen, dive centers, school children and community members took part in beach and underwater clean-up operations to remove rubbish and help improve the plight of local reefs, fish and other marine animals.

Sanur dive center Atlantis led a group of more than 25 divers on an underwater and beach clean up in Sanur and four international schools together with dive centers Crystal Divers Bali and Blue Season Bali also held a large beach clean up and Project AWARE fundraiser.

Blue Corner Dive conducted a ‘Dive against Debris‘ at staggered depths around the northwest corner of Nusa Lembongan. The divers collected and removed plastics, shopping bags, fishing line sand nets.

 

Using funding provided by WWF Indonesia, Reef Check supported some communities to take action and undertake clean ups, subsiding activities and meals, and assisting disposal of the waste.

About 50 volunteers traveled to Menjangan Island in West Bali National Park for the weekend and undertook an underwater and beach clean up in the world famous national park area.

Reef Seen dive resort in Pemuteran co-ordinated a large group of local school kids on a beach clean up in north-west Bali.

In Bondalem and Amed local fishermen groups arranged clean-ups underwater and along the beach.

You can read a story about the Bondalem clean up in the Jakarta Post here.

Rubbish poses a threat to Bali’s coral reefs, but also to its tourism industry and way of life.

While clean ups are a fantastic step to helping keep our beaches and reefs health and clean, an even better solution is to help communities understand the impact of rubbish and become more responsible with their rubbish.

Teaching children about not littering, helping families to reduce their waste (with composting, reusable drink bottles and recycling) and encouraging governments to invest in waste management projects are all needed for Bali to become clean and green.

Plans are already underway for beach clean ups around Indonesia as part of International Coastal Clean Up Day on 15 September 2012.

Please save the date and if you can help us by organizing a clean up at your local beach, or by donating equipment use or money so we can feed and transport volunteers please let Reef Check know by email.