Divers delve deep to help protect local waterways

A GROUP of volunteers have delved beneath the surface of Hobart’s waterfront in a bid to help protect and conserve the marine environment.

Now in its 10th year, the annual Marine Debris Clean-Up and Dive secures a major haul of debris including witches hats, seats, shopping trolleys, bikes and wallets.

Tas Uni Dive Club (TUDC) volunteers, both in and out of the water, conduct the annual event.

About 30 divers, as well as 15 support volunteers, participated in the recent clean-up, which was held on 6 February between Princes Wharf and Elizabeth Street Pier.

“Every year we carry out the Clean-Up Dive and it is staggering to see the amount of rubbish which is brought to the surface,” dive coordinator Andrew Bain said.

“To date, we would have pulled several tonnes of rubbish out.”

Further to the removal of rubbish, Mr Bain said the dives also helped raise awareness of the amount of rubbish that pollutes the waterways.

“It’s vital we all play a part in helping to protect and maintain our local marine environment,” he said.

The Hobart event is one of a series of annual clean-ups held across the state.

As part of the clean-ups, debris is classified and recorded for state and national databases and international records.

This year’s event was supported by Veolia and The Dive Shop.

Caption: Participants of the 10th annual Marine Debris Clean-Up and Dive.