Loh Lana Bay- Global Garbage

Loh Lana Bay

We have been suspecting illegal dumping at sea for some time, this low season there has been more rubbish found on the beaches than in previous years, the type of rubbish being found is also not the usual cigarette butts and Styrofoam lunch containers as you would find on a beach that is popular with locals and tourists but instead what we were finding were lots of empty product bottles, water bottles, shoes and various flotsam and jetsam.

 

 

International Cleanup Day 21st of September: Loh Lana Bay

 

© Blue View Divers

© Blue View Divers

 

Blue View Divers coordinated a cleanup in Loh Lana Bay, Phi Phi Don after reports from our staff that the beaches there were in a terrible condition. One month ago Loh Lana was a beautiful beach that was scarcely visited by tourists, and then in the last month it has become strewn with garbage.

We have been suspecting illegal dumping at sea for some time, this low season there has been more rubbish found on the beaches than in previous years, the type of rubbish being found is also not the usual cigarette butts and Styrofoam lunch containers as you would find on a beach that is popular with locals and tourists but instead what we were finding were lots of empty product bottles, water bottles, shoes and various flotsam and jetsam.

 

© Blue View Divers

© Blue View Divers

 

We coordinated a cleanup in Loh Lana Bay and when our team of 8 volunteers arrived at the beach we were shocked by the sheer amount of rubbish there was.

Working in the early morning sun, Blue View Divers staff and volunteers got to work on the beach, spending 4 hours combing the beach and piling rubbish into bin bags until 4 hours later we managed to fill 60 bags and gather 610 Kgs of rubbish in total.

 

© Blue View Divers

© Blue View Divers

 

This staggering figure equates to a total of 75 kilograms of rubbish picked up by each volunteer or 25 kilos per hour of the cleanup.

Rubbish found on the beaches included countless plastic bags, plastic bottles, glass bottles and drink cans and product containers; lots of rope and shoes, refrigerator doors, hypodermic syringes, plastic chairs and childrens toys amongst the items.

 

© Blue View Divers

© Blue View Divers

 

What we managed to achieve in 4 hours was only a drop in the ocean, the beach is still strewn with litter despite us moving such a huge amount off the beach and will take several more cleanups to clear the beach completely of marine debris.

Blue View Divers would like to thank the dive centers that made the cleanup possible with their contributions:

Adventure Club, Aquanauts Scuba, Barrakuda Diving, Moskito Diving, Princess Divers, Scool Divers, Seafrog Divers and last but not least Viking Divers and Visa Divers

 

© Blue View Divers

© Blue View Divers



One Response to “ Loh Lana Bay ”

  1. Mattias disse:

    I’ve been to Loh Lana Bay earlier this year (22nd February 2010), and back then it was a clean and beautiful beach.
    Really nice work with the cleanup!

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