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The Dive Shops on the island of Utila, The Bay Islands, Honduras will be joining tens of thousands of scuba divers, snorkelers and ocean lovers from around the world for Dive In To Earth Day, an international Earth Day event which brings attention to the need to protect our planet’s coral reefs, oceans and underwater world. Dive In To Earth Day activities, will be taking place in more than 50 countries during the week of Earth Day, April 22.
Utila will be holding their Dive In To Earth on April 20th 2005. The event is sponsored by the Utila Dive Shops and businesses, sanctioned by PADI Project Aware Foundation, and registered with the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), who launched the Dive In To Earth Days in 2000 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Earth Day (held annually on April 22). The CORAL, a non-profit coral reef conservation organization, are the global event co-coordinators with the help of Project AWARE Foundation, West Marine, Earth Day Network and International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN).
We now know that the oceans are home to 80% of all living organisms on earth, and that coral reefs support a quarter of all known marine species, still our oceans are under serious stress from pollution and trash, destructive fishing practices and uncontrollable tourism. Dive In To Earth Day is a great and easy opportunity to take action and help raise awareness of urgent marine conservation issues. We all share this responsibility, and we have to start believing that each and every one of us can make a difference.
In Utila the clean up will focus on the following areas;
The clean up will start at 2pm April 22, (a little earlier on the Cays) allowing all dive shops to get a morning dive out and all of the shops that attended the planning meeting have agreed that there will be no diving operations for the afternoon of the 20th, a Wednesday. The Municipality has agreed anyone who dives in the morning and then participates in the Dive In event will not have to pay Reef Fees that day. The day will finish with a free food event to be held at the Bundu Café.
The Utila event organizers have published land clean up guidelines and underwater clean up guidelines to ensure maximum effectiveness and safety without damaging the environment and published a poster around town advertising the final planning meeting scheduled for the 18th April 2005