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Posted on: November 14, 2016

Gulf Shores to host underwater conservation effort on October 22

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On Saturday, October 22, scuba divers from across the country will participate in Operation: Dive Against Debris. This underwater conservation effort is the result of a unique collaboration between the City of Gulf Shores,Alabama Gulf Coast Reef & Restoration Foundationand Project Aware.During this cleanup effort volunteer divers will canvas the near shore waters of the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to remove garbage and unnatural debris which can pose a significant threat to people and wildlife.The cleanup site spans approximately 2.5 miles and runs from the 1200 block of West Beach to the 500 block of East Beach (Fire Department to Gulf State Park). Headquarter operations will be located at Gulf Place Public Beach. All volunteers will report to headquarters for check-in and assignments at 7 a.m.
Divers may pre-register for the event. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is open water scuba certified. There is no cost associated with participating. A liability waiver must be completed by all volunteers.The Alabama Gulf Coast Reef & Restoration Foundation is a non-profit formed to support artificial reef development in the northern Gulf and Alabama’s coastal waters. Combining the interests of divers, fishers and conservationists the foundation works toward preserving, sustaining and enhancing the habitat and water quality of the Gulf of Mexico and inland waters of the Alabama coast.
Project AWARE is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean – one dive at a time. Focusing on marine debris, scuba divers can directly and positively affect real, long-term change in our community.For more information about Operation: Dive Against Debris, contact Paul Maliska

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