The World Ocean day started on Friday evening with lectures from Dr Wayne Phillips on the ecology of the island along with the reasons why so much debris is to be found there.
Logistics and organisation of the teams were left to Dive Tribe, and on the Saturaday morning a boat with 17 volunteers set sail to clean Koh Sak.
How do we know this? well most of the bottles/plastic bottles and eating utensils are sold on the island and they all look fresh (As in know life growing on the bottles). We were told that a team is sent to clean up every morning, it is quiet evident that when we arrived early morning, no team was there or they had not done a good job !
Sadly as we left around 5.30pm, we were told 30 minutes later a group of Whale sharks turned up (we were told 6).
This is virtually unheard of on Koh Sak and we like to think that they turned up on World Ocean Day to say thank you !
Our focus on Sunday was to clean and document the trash on the North Beach, This beach is very busy with tourists all morning, our market research suggests that most of these tourists are from China, and to be honest they have very little concern about the environment they are interacting with. We witnessed many times tour parties just throwing their, plastic bottle on the beach or leaving it for others to clean up.
The reason I believe is the tour companies never give them a talk about taking care of the island before they disembark.
After the collection we took the group snorkelling to the reefs around the islands in the afternoon.
Our Total Collection Weight Of Marine Debris 923.91Kg
We are all amazed that people can treat a beautiful island like Koh sak as there dump site and Dive Tribe are working towards a management plan for the islands.
The first of these will be our recycle stations which will help the islanders keep the island clean while producing an income from recycling.
Please help us with this project by clicking "HERE"
Thanks to all the volunteers that took part from Mahidol university and hope to see you and many more on the 15th & 16th (You are all invited) back on Koh sak island where will be cleaning again above and below the surface and then installing the recycle centers
Thanks Team at DT