A few years back while at work one day, I swam across an old fishing net with no ropes attached to it for hauling up, just sitting there on the bottom, fishing away. A ghost net. This particular ghost net contained many different kinds of marine life; crabs, Flounders, Manta Rays, birds, sea urchins and the most disturbing one of all, a harp seal. In its struggle to get air to breath, it had the net pulled together enough to get itself within a couple feet of the surface, where it drowned. Being a person who spends a tremendous amount of time under water, I know far to well how much fear that animal felt. Heartbreaking...
I have been doing some clean up over the years and have removed some ghost nets, but never documented it. Little over a month ago I began to clean up some ocean trash; plastics, tires and whatever I came across, from harbours and beaches. I have photographed and posted to my Facebook page most of my dives and the trash we collected. Even though I am loving what I’m doing and collecting a lot of ocean trash, I feel like my efforts are no where near enough. My plan is to have a crew of three volunteer divers, two tenders (boat operators) and as many volunteers on the shore, as possible. In order to do this, it will cost much more then I can afford on my own. I need your help.
Please help me in getting this plan put into action. Together we can grow Clean Harbours Initiative into something wonderful. We can inspire millions around the world to start cleaning up the trash from generations before us. To date, I have approximately $25,000.00 of my own money invested in Clean Harbours Initiative. We need so much more to keep the momentum going and keep the trash coming out of the water. So if you want to be a part of this Clean Harbours Initiative, please support us by liking and sharing our pic’s... but most of all,we need your donations. Message me if you can help... Thank you in advance for your generosity! Shawn Bath
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