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July 2017 Dive Against Debris

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July 29 was another day dedicated to our monthly dive against debris. We were joined by a couple of new patrons and as such it was a good day to make new dive friends. Shout out to Christine, Jayvee, Meg, Myrtle, Hilbert and Earl for supporting our cause!

Due to the typhoon hovering above the eastern seaboard of the country, water movement has been greatly affected which has contributed to a very bad visibility and likely contributed to the volume of debris we were able to collect as well.  We managed to take out 16 lbs of debris comprised mainly of (surprise!) plastic. Sadly, we have collected a juvenile brokenline wrasse among the rolls of plastic fragments. You may access the full report submitted to Project Aware here. We will be stuffing the non-biodegradable spoils to plastic bottles as ecobricks again.

We would like to remind all patrons that each participation to our monthly dive against debris gets you a chance to earn a free certification. Please be guided accordingly by the promo duration below:

  • May 2017 to April 2018 – at the mark of our second year of the activity, the patron with the most dedication to the Dive Against Debris program will be  honored with a FREE Specialty Certification as an official Project Aware Dive Against Debris Specialty Diver.
  • June 2017 to December 2017 – the patron with the most dedication to the program from the period will get one (1) FREE Specialty Certification. He/she may choose among the following certifications:
    • Enriched Air
    • Underwater Photography
    • Peak Performance Buoyancy
    • Emergency First Response
  • January 2018 to December 2018 – the patron with the most dedication to the program from the period will get 50% off his/her next core certification. This applies to the following courses only:
    • Advance Open Water
    • Rescue
    • Master Scuba Diver

We will be posting the next event on our Facebook page so watch out for it. Until then, keep diving, don’t let your dives go to waste, don’t litter and keep bubbling and creating ripples of change!

June 2017 Dive Against Debris

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June 11 was a good day to do a deep dive against debris. The team started with a dive down to 27m. Happy to say there was not much debris in the deeper columns. Most of the debris were collected on the way back to the shallower part of our adopted dive site. We managed to collect 6kg of debris comprised mainly of (you guessed it!) plastic. Sadly, we have collected a small dead crab among the rolls of plastic fragments. You may access the full report submitted to Project Aware here.

From 6 kg of debris to 3/4 of a 2L ecobrick.

We’re also happy to report that of the 6 kg of debris collected, we were able to stuff most of them to make almost one complete 2L ecobrick. Most of the debris in the ecobrick are fishing lines. This is our contribution to The Plastic Solution PH.

We would like to remind all patrons that each participation to our monthly dive against debris gets you a chance to earn a free certification. Please be guided accordingly by the promo duration below:

  • May 2017 to April 2018 – at the mark of our second year of the activity, the patron with the most dedication to the Dive Against Debris program will be  honored with a FREE Specialty Certification as an official Project Aware Dive Against Debris Specialty Diver.
  • June 2017 to December 2017 – the patron with the most dedication to the program from the period will get one (1) FREE Specialty Certification. He/she may choose among the following certifications:
    • Enriched Air
    • Underwater Photography
    • Peak Performance Buoyancy
    • Emergency First Response
  • January 2018 to December 2018 – the patron with the most dedication to the program from the period will get 50% off his/her next core certification. This applies to the following courses only:
    • Advance Open Water
    • Rescue
    • Master Scuba Diver

We will be posting the next event on our Facebook page so watch out for it. Until then, keep diving, don’t let your dives go to waste, don’t litter and keep bubbling and creating ripples of change!

May 2017 Dive Against Debris

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This month marks the 13th Dive Against Debris we have made in our beloved adopted dive site, Kontiki Marina. We started the day with the clean up dive at 10AM. The water was a good 28.3 degrees and we went down to a maximum of 13.7m. We surfaced 47 minutes later and 15 lb heavier. Crazy talk during what feels like a very short surface interval and then we made just a chill dive at around 12:15PM.

Yesterday was a fun day for us as we made new friends, Michelle and Mike. We were also joined by fresh-from-open-water-certification Abi and fresh-from-advance-open-water-certification Andrew. And as usual, we were joined by our ever supportive patrons, Tanya, Karl and Paula. This month’s program was backed by the support team made up of James, Hilbert, Darwin and yours truly, Kae.

For more details about the profile of the debris collected this month, you may access the report at Project Aware here.

Next month, our event will be on June 11, 2017, Sunday. We would like to remind you that each participation to our monthly dive against debris from June 2017 onward contributes to two chances of getting a free specialty or a subsidized cost of your next core certification. Please be guided accordingly by the promo duration below:

  • May 2017 to April 2018 – at the mark of our second year of the activity, the patron with the most dedication to the Dive Against Debris program will be  honored with a FREE Specialty Certification as an official Project Aware Dive Against Debris Specialty Diver.
  • June 2017 to December 2017 – the patron with the most dedication to the program from the period will get one (1) FREE Specialty Certification. He/she may choose among the following certifications:
    • Enriched Air
    • Underwater Photography
    • Peak Performance
    • Emergency First Response
  • January 2018 to December 2018 – the patron with the most dedication to the program from the period will get 50% off his/her next core certification. This applies to the following courses only:
    • Advance Open Water
    • Rescue
    • Master Scuba Diver

Until then, keep diving, don’t let your dives go to waste, don’t litter and keep bubbling and creating ripples of change!

 

Cheers,

Dive Funatics

Your Chance to Earn a FREE Specialty Certification

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This May 2017 kicks off the second year of our commitment to Project Aware’s “Adopt A Dive Site” Program. For twelve straight months, we have religiously conducted monthly Dives Against Debris and collected over 123.32 kg (271.89 lb.) of underwater debris! In terms of piece count, this translates to 2,179 pieces of debris offloaded from our favorite underwater backyard, Kontiki Marina. We couldn’t have possibly done this without patrons supporting the cause.

 

This year, as we strive to continue our efforts, we hope to give back to our most loyal patron. We will still be doing at least 1 dive against debris every month and from the period May 2017 to April 2018, the patron with the highest attendance will earn the “Diver Against Debris” specialty certification for FREE. That’s right, at the end of our second year of collecting underwater debris, one truly dedicated underwater warrior will earn the Project Aware Diver Against Debris certification, honoris causa. That’s the least we can do for our beloved ocean warrior. This certification will bring you closer to achieving Master Scuba Diver rating later. We will be posting the Dive Against Debris schedules as events on our Facebook Page so watch out for that. The first event will be on May 28, 2017.

 

We continue to hope we get to a point where we would be proud to say we have no debris to report. To add more meaning to our efforts this year, all underwater debris collected which can be upcycled as ecobricks will be used as such. Look out for our upcoming post on the dos and don’ts of ecobricking!

 

Until then, keep diving but don’t let your dives go to waste and don’t ever, ever litter.

 

Cheers,

Dive Funatics

Dive Against Debris on Earth Day 2017

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We have been consistently gathering underwater warriors every month to help us clear the ocean from debris one dive at a time. To commemorate our commitment to helping keep our ocean trash-free, our twelfth monthly dive against debris was done on Earth Day 2017. We were graced by the presence of fellow dive pro Greg and his wife Ivy, Earl and his son Ethan, Hilbert and Doc Karl.

It being Earth Day, there were a few efforts made in our adopted dive site, Kontiki Marina, during the morning. A group of local divers did a clean up dive for the local government unit (LGU) of the City of Lapulapu. Since our scheduled Dive Against Debris was set at 2PM, we were kind of excited by the prospect that we might not have anything to report for the dive. As pointed out by Greg we have to remember the clean up was made in the morning and that the time from then and 2PM trash could accumulate considering the boat traffic on one Sunday during summer. Sad to say Greg was right. We were able to harness 27 lbs of trash, despite the fact that the LGU unearthed a huge amount of trash which prompted one standard size garbage truck on standby for the aftermath.

As usual, the profile of the garbage we collected consist mainly of plastic. To get more insights on the type of trash collected, you may click here. Photos taken during the event are up on our Facebook Page.

This being our 12th set of data collected, we will be compiling a year’s worth of garbage collected from our beloved adopted dive site Kontiki Marina. We will be publishing a report on this along with other ways on how we can be of help so look out for this upcoming post!

Our heartfelt thanks to this month’s patrons. We hope to see you again next month!

 

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March 2017 Dive Against Debris

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It’s been our tenth consecutive month doing a Dive Against Debris and we are still getting lots of things which don’t belong underwater.  This month we were able to collect 18 lbs of debris off the sea. As usual, this is mostly comprised of plastic. The full report on the  types of debris collected may be accessed here.

As always, we are forever thankful to our patrons who support the cause. Special shout out to Jan, Tanya and Jayvee! We look forward to having more and more volunteers in the future. Our tribute slideshow to this month’s event may be viewed here.

Next month, we are scheduling the Dive Against Debris on Earth Day, April 22. This will be an afternoon dive followed by a chill night dive. Hope to see you there!

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Cephalopholis argus a.k.a. Blue-spotted Grouper, Roi, Peacock Grouper

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Cephalopholis argus a.k.a. Blue-spotted Grouper, Roi, Peacock Grouper

Common name in the Philippines: Lapu-lapu, Pugapo

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (although the species may face the threat of overfishing. Sadly, this species is being sold online as aquarium pets for as low US$ 40 for a 2.5-inch specimen or as high as US$ 350 for a 10-inch specimen).

Habitat and Species Reach

The Peacock Grouper is one of the most widely distributed of the grouper family. They can be found along the Indo-Pacific region, Red Sea to South Africa and east to French Polynesia and the Pitcairn Islands group, including northern Australia, Lord Howe Island and southern Japan (Heemstra and Randall 1993). They have been found in groups and solo in as deep as 40 meters but they normally hang out in depths shallower than 10 meters, passively lurking in exposed fronts of reefs for unsuspecting prey.

 

Peacock grouper in Moalboal, November 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peacock grouper, Bohol, November 2016

Identifying Marks

An attractively marked reef fish, the Peacock Grouper has a dark brown to yellowish body covered in many small, black-edged blue spots. The spots are smaller and more numerous on the head, and there are usually five or six pale bars on the rear half of the body, and a large pale area on the chest.

The Peacock Grouper is sometimes confused with C. cyanostigma, the bluespotted hind, due to the similar color pattern of reddish-brown background and blue ocelli covering the body. The major difference is that the pectoral fins of the bluespotted hind are edged in yellow-orange distally.

 

Peacock grouper, Kontiki Marina Mactan, October 2016

Fun Facts

  • The species name Argus comes from the hundred-eyed giant of the same name in Greek Mythology. We’re certain you can see the resemblance.
  • In Hawaii, Peacock Groupers are believed to be carriers of Ciguatera toxin, a heat-stable lipid soluble compound, produced by dinoflagellates and concentrated in fish organs. When ingested by humans, Ciguatera can cause nausea, pain, cardiac, and neurological symptoms.
  • In Hong Kong, they can be seen being sold in food markets for HK$ 40 a pound. In the Philippines, this species is also being consumed as food.
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January 2017 Dive Against Debris

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It’s been a busy month we forgot to post an update on how our adopted dive site, Kontiki Marina, is doing after the 9th monthly Dive Against Debris.

This month, we are very proud to feature a fellow eco warrior, Gringo – more known in the digital world as @gringograss. Gringo is a visual artist who is passionate about many things, ocean art and marine conservation included. Gringo has agreed to help our cause by making his art available to us for sale via t-shirts and proceeds of which will be used to fund the dives of our future divers against debris volunteers. You may check out Gringo’s art at instagram via this link: https://www.instagram.com/gringograss/ and please do look for Mr. Farts, the turtle our hearts just bleed for. And look out for those shirts too! They’ll be coming around real soon.

In the meantime, you may check out the full details of the 6 kg of debris collected in this link. Thank you very much to our amazing eco warriors.

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December 2016 Dive Against Debris and Christmas Get Together

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year to go diving against debris. With the occasional rain showers and tropical depressions the past weeks, the ocean has brewed up another batch of garbage stew. Add the island hoppers making the most of what’s left in their 2016 leave credits and Christmas partying aboard and you’ve got the perfect storm of trash to clean up after.

It was quite sad that despite the poll we did as to the availability of people who can join on the 1oth or 18th, we managed to gather just 7 participants in this month’s event. Those who pledged availability on the 10th ended up busy on the day and those who pledged they can only come if it’s on the 18th ended up showing up on the 10th. It’s okay guys, we can always use another underwater warrior for next month. This month’s effort freed the ocean of another 15 lbs of debris – still mostly plastic followed by a good number of wood materials and then foil mostly from food wrappers. Full details of the debris collected can be accessed here. Dive Funatics would like to give a sincere thank you to this month’s divers against debris.

After the clean up dive we had a little salo-salo over bam-i, bread and soda (carb0 loading for the night dive! :D). This has been one of the most rewarding night dives for 2016. Visibility was extremely awesome and the underwater creatures who came out to play were very wonderful creatures – a number of cuttlefishes, a couple of baby mimic octopi, rock lobsters, orangutan crab, eels and sea kraits, sponge crabs, and a whole other bunch of coral crabs of all shapes and sizes. It’s unfortunate the camera ran out of battery after the first dive. Pictures are posted on our Facebook page. Feel free to tag yourselves.

You are invited to a 2-dive Christmas Party!

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Hi, Guys!

So the date for the dive Christmas party has been settled. It’s gonna be on the 10th of December. Assembly time is 1:30PM at Kontiki Marina. First dive (against debris) is at 2:00PM and then during surface interval we will all sort out the debris we have collected. After which, we will be having table games and raffling off some prizes. Second dive is at 6:00PM.

For our food, we will be providing a very festive bam-i, bread, drinks and simple dessert for everyone. This being the season of sharing, we strongly encourage you to bring a little potluck just to make it extra festive. You may also bring your own booze.

There will also be a Manito/Manita thing which you may opt in or out of. The gift value is set at a minimum of Php 200. We will be doing an online drawing of your secret manito/manita and everyone is encouraged to populate their online wishlist to make things easy for the Secret Santa. Online drawing is set at December 2 to give your Secret Santa enough time to shop. So please let us know soonest if you’re in!

Lastly, fee is Php 2,000 per usual to cover for both dives, marine fees, and equipment which you may possibly use.

Happy holidays and glad tide-ings!

from all of us at Dive Funatics