I participated in my first coastal clean-up last weekend, 27 to 28 February 2016.
Though the worldwide clean-up happens around September, it was adjusted here in our country to coincide with the summer season. We went to two dive sites in Anilao: Mainit and Dead Palm.
I enjoyed the experience. It was my means of giving back to the ocean, which was the venue for most of my wonderful memories.
Looking back, it was a good thing that I had mastered my buoyancy given that most of the trash are wedged in between corals. No point picking up trash but destroying corals in the process.
I also felt sad. Seeing the extent of trash we leave behind is depressing… There are diapers, sachets and toys. Too much plastic! Given that these trash are foreign in nature, it disrupts the balance of the marine ecosystem.
Good thing that in Dead Palm, trash was minimal. A glimmer of hope that maybe tourists are starting to get conscious. Or, residents are exerting efforts to protect the corals.
Mental note to not be a contributor to ocean waste. Looking forward to my next coastal cleanup activity.