Divers pull out 500 kg of waste from Aqaba's seafloor

Jordan

Published: 2018-09-22 09:36

Last Updated: 2018-09-22 11:45


Diving and snorkeling are popular activities in the warm waters of the Red Sea of Aqaba. (Gallery – Deep Blue)
Diving and snorkeling are popular activities in the warm waters of the Red Sea of Aqaba. (Gallery – Deep Blue)
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In an effort to protect sea life in the Gulf of Aqaba, a large group of specialized divers pulled out 500 kg of rubbish from the bottom of the sea.

The large amount of waste was removed in less than two hours, after an initiative was launched to keep the Kingdom’s only sea clean.

A number of marine conservation and environmental organizations were present to witness the first steps towards keeping the sea clean, and giving its rich marine life a chance to survive garbage-free.

Nayef Abu Mahfouz, the diver who organized the initiative, said that the bottom of the sea was filled with general waste, plastic and old car tyres, which were thrown in the water by irresponsible citizens.

Diving and snorkeling are popular activities in the warm waters of the Red Sea of Aqaba, which is famous for its beautiful and colourful coral reefs and dozens of various types of fish and sea creatures.