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9-182019

PSAI x AFCD Reef Check 2019 PSAI x 漁農自然護理署 香港珊瑚普查2019

2019 年9 月15 日,國際專業潛水協會在香港漁農自然護理署支持下舉辦了一次香港珊瑚普查,同日並進行了海底清潔工作。當日早上天氣由雨轉晴,一眾潛水員在白沙灣浩浩蕩蕩地出發到獲分配的普查點伙頭墳洲進行下潛活動。當隨團科學家Jeffrey 和 Eric 就本次普查和潛清活動作出簡介後,PSAI一眾教練和潛水員隨即兵分兩路:十多人分成小隊在Jeffrey設定的範圍內就魚類、珊瑚和無脊椎動物等分類作出紀錄;另二十多人即在另一潛水區域進行水底清潔工作。在大家攜手合作下,除了取得相當有用的水下生物資料以助香港海洋保育研究之外,也為我們鍾愛的海洋清除了不少垃圾,其中包括:塑料瓶、膠袋、棄置漁網、玻璃瓶、發泡膠、甚至大型海綿床墊!當日總共收集了一百零三公斤的海洋垃圾,當日的參加者全都見證了人類垃圾對海洋所造成的禍害,不少人更決心要把保育的習慣變成為他們生活的一部分。在此感激各位潛水員的積極參與! 讓我們莫以善小而不為,一同守護海洋!

On 15th September, 2019, PSAI organised Hong Kong Reef Check 2019 and Underwater Clean-up Day in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. The event was supported by the Agriculture,Fisheries and Conservation Department. Accompanied by PSAI instructors, over 30 divers joined the event and it took about an hour for us to reach the dive site—Town Island—by boat. Briefings on the reef check survey and the clean-up duties were held respectively by marine scientists Jeffrey and Eric. The divers were then split into two teams, one group surveying in pairs within an area pre-assigned by Jeffrey,while the other group went to the other side of the bay to collect underwater garbage. Apart from the useful data collected for the sake of local conservation efforts, a total of 103 kg of human trash were picked up from the seabed. The big pile of trash was then classified and recorded on the spot as part of an ongoing research to fight against marine pollution in Hong Kong.All participants were disheartened by the damage humans have done to the ocean and many have resolved to make the environmental campaign a part of their daily lives. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all who participated in this meaningful event, and we hope that all of us can join hands in protecting our beautiful ocean!