Downbelow’s professional SCUBA diving interns here in Kota Kinabalu, got a taste of removing an illegal net today.
Our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre is on Gaya Island, of which most lie within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park; a protected area.
Every now and then illegal fishermen pass through to see if they can make a quick catch, and manage to either lose their nets or get them caught on a coral reef.
As part of our company’s conservation efforts, we do our best to remove these nets when we find them or hear about them. This particular net was a tricky one, giving our SCUBA diving interns valuable experience here in Kota Kinabalu.
The net was stuck at around 20m deep, requiring a bit more planning to effectively remove, as bottom time would be limited.
The Downbelow team, including those on our professional diving internship, made 2 dives to remove the illegal net.
In the team was local divemaster interns and Downbelow staff Gary & Jessica, international PADI Divemaster interns Andy, Denise and Jan and current IDC candidates Wellson, Tim Tam and Keiko, lead by resident PADI Course Director Richard and PADI IDC Staff Instructor Elvis.
The team managed to free plenty of live marine life, and successfully removed the net from the coral reef.
You can find more pics of our SCUBA diving interns removing the illegal net in the album on our Facebook page.