Scuba Divers Remove Over 350 Pounds of Debris at Malibu Pier

Los Angeles, CA – September 23, 2013 – During a 3-hour period, about 30 divers dragged, bagged and carried over 350 pounds of debris on to the beach to be sorted, reviewed and counted at the 2013 Coast Cleanup Day. The most unusual items found included 1 ½ Ganesha statutes, a sign that said “Warning Hazardous Bacterial Level – No Swimming, No Diving” and remnants of a bird cage.

According to Malibu Divers, owner Barbara Gentile-Crary, “the community of volunteer beach participants and scuba divers demonstrates their strong commitment for cleaner beaches and ocean waters to support the marine life and all life. It’s great way for everyone of all ages and backgrounds to come together and see the difference we all can make even in a short amount of time.”   

According to the California Coastal Commission with 70% of the cleanup sites reporting, the statewide count stands at 51,543 volunteers. Those volunteers picked up 471,218 pounds of trash and an additional 30,530 pounds of recyclable materials, for a total of 501,748 pounds or 251 tons.  For an history of past cleanup results, click here.  California Coastal Cleanup Day is coordinated in Los Angeles County by Heal the Bay in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.  Diving in and cleaning up the local Malibu beaches and waters was teamed up by MSA, Malibu Surf Association and Malibu Divers .

 After all the divers had returned and piled their finds on to the beach tarp, Malibu Divers recorded the items and then awarded prizes for the most unusual items.  The top prize was a Sub Gear regulator donated from Scuba Pro which went to Kelly Hunter.  Second prize was a GoPro Hero 3 Camera to Taylor Goff, one of 3 Pepperdine University students who found many things including a fishing hoop net, 2 fishing rods, large rope and a brick.  A slideshow of photographs of the event has been posted. 

Malibu Divers congratulates the scuba divers and beach volunteers for their willingness to give so generously of their time and efforts to help our local ocean.  Suppliers of Malibu Divers generously donated the prizes toward all who helped and included: Arrow Weights, Atomic Aquatics, Axis Sports Group – GoPro, Body Glove Eyewear, Deep See, Divers Alert Network, Diving Unlimited Inc., Duke's Restaurant, Eezycut, Malibu Dive Repair, O'Neil Clothing, PADI, Princeton Tec, Riffe Spear Guns, Sanuk, ScubaPro, Sea Life, Selky Charters, Sieden Sports, Stahlsac, Tabata, Trident, and XS Scuba.

Malibu Divers has already committed to sponsor next year's Coastal Cleanup 2014 dive cleanup at Malibu Pier, on Saturday, September 20th, 2014.

Malibu Divers, Inc.  Since 1969, as a founding member of the scuba diving community that helped establish scuba in Los Angeles, Malibu Divers is a full service dive center that offers PADI scuba diving training to all levels, beginner to professional business operations,  retail showroom, on-site repair technicians, classroom, equipment, travel and services.

Malibu Divers has been in business for more than 43 years and is locally owned and operated.

Through Company initiatives they have participated in environmental consumer awareness programs, media campaigns and sponsorship of introductory scuba programs. For more information on MALIBU DIVERS programs, visit Malibu Divers. Get local Malibu daily dive conditions at Malibu Diver's Twitter.

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