Manila-Philippines divers participated in an annual cleanup on Saturday aimed at pulling out plastic bags, drink bottles and fishing nets from coral reefs to highlight the impact of debris on the world’s oceans.
Approximately 12 divers cleaned up coral reefs and nearby beaches to commemorate World Cleanup Day in Batangas, a popular spot for snorkeling and diving south of the capital Manila.
“Every time you remove a fishing line or net, you can prevent turtles from dying, getting caught, or eating plastic bags,” organizer Calmera Seville told Reuters.
The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,600 islands with a coastline of nearly 36,300 km (22,555 miles), making it one of the most marine resource-rich countries in the world.
But activists say their marine resources are threatened by the negligence of local governments and the slow implementation of environmental legislation.
Another cleanup participant, 35-year-old Canadian Haley Osborne, who has lived in the Philippines for five years, said all divers should do it little by little by picking up the trash they come across in the water. ..
Most of the plastic waste that devastates the world’s oceans comes from rivers and coastlines.
According to a 2021 report by our online scientific publication Our World in Data, it is estimated that 81 percent of the total comes from Asia and one-third of Asian plastics come from the Philippines. I am.
World Cleanup Day is held on the third Saturday of September each year. — — Reuters
Filipino divers remove plastic waste from corals for World Cleanup Day
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