Those pesky nets!
Downbelow’s PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre is located on Gaya island, which forms part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
As a marine park you’d imagine fishermen would give it a wide berth; in Utopia perhaps.
In reality, every now and then we stumble across a net that chokes our beautiful reefs, which thankful has become a less frequent occurrence.
Yesterday though it was War or Nets again after a net was discovered on a reef not far from our dive centre.
Richard organized a net removal and combined it with a training session for our professional diving interns to enable them to thwart nets on their own in future.
Our IDC Staff Instructor and Base leader James filmed the event, so we will have video of it soon too.
The the rest of the team included Richard, Jess, Bob, Wellson and our two IDC Interns Shevy and Paul.
After a thorough briefing, the Downbelow hit squad made short work of the net, which was untangled in one 65-minute dive, rescuing a friendly and, no doubt, grateful stonefish along the way.
We encouraged all participants to set up a profile on the Project Aware My Ocean website and upload their stories.
Tomorrow Bob & Wellson (Downbelow’s assistant Base Leaders) will organize and conduct the removal of a larger net and Richard and the staff team will assist. There will be pictures…