Divers collect 300 kg of marine waste in Aqaba


Published: 2023-01-10 17:41

Last Updated: 2024-05-24 06:51

Divers collect 300 kg of marine waste in Aqaba
Divers collect 300 kg of marine waste in Aqaba

Twenty divers collected an estimated 300 kg of marine waste, as part of a campaign that aims to protect corals and biodiversity in the sea.

The campaign, which was launched on the shores of Aqaba and organized by the Aqaba Diving Association, focused on the most popular diving sites, such as the military museum, the ship and the tank.

Divers collected various types of marine waste and pollutants such as plastic, vehicle tires, bags, balloons, cigarette butts and glass containers.

They also gathered the remains of what marine vessels use such as ship ropes, and fishing nets and what some ships throw away including solid and liquid materials.

The head of the Aqaba Diving Association, Khammash Yassin, said that the association carries out cleaning campaigns on a weekly basis.

He noted that the association works with the Aqaba Marine Reserve, who are informed of the locations that were cleaned and are given the collected waste in the end.

Over the past year, the Aqaba Diving Association carried out 40 cleaning campaigns in various diving sites in Aqaba.

Divers from 32 diving centers helped the association collect approximately three tons of waste, which would have otherwise negatively impacted sea life, the marine environment, biodiversity, and coral reefs.