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BHTA CELEBRATES WORLD OCEANS DAY WITH BEACH CLEAN-UP AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
Published on June 9, 2017

BHTA CELEBRATES WORLD OCEANS DAY WITH BEACH CLEAN-UP AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

THE BHTA joined the celebrations to mark World Oceans Day in June with a number of environmental activities including a beach clean-up and a coral reef first-aid training session for divers.

Chairman of the BHTA’s Environmental Committee, Andre Miller, explained that the day was a complete success however, it further emphasised the fact that more needs to be done to protect our marine life and environment on a whole.

He said, “One of the main activities was a Kiddie Beach Clean-up organised by Barbados Blue from Needhams Point to Drill Hall, a stretch of beach we clean regularly as it is very popular. We did a clean-up just a few weeks ago but the amount of garbage collected today did not tell that same story. We really have to do better. We need to do more to keep our beaches clean and to reduce the use of plastic and Styrofoam on the island generally, as it is killing our environment and marine life.”

BHTA Chairman, Roseanne Myers, joined Miller’s call: “We have to be mindful of the fact that the future of our environment depends heavily on the way we treat it today. The Association is always urging our members to protect the environment and educate themselves and staff members on the right ways to do so and we also want to appeal to all Barbadians to do the same. We have to be our own protectors.”

Other activities to mark the day included a half-day PADI Coral Reef First-Aid Specialty (on-land) training seminar hosted by CORALL at the Bellairs Research Institute, as well as the start of an upgrade of the Moorings in Carlisle Bay to assist in the management and expansion of Marine Parks/Replenishment Zones in Barbados, compliments of Foster & Ince and divers from the Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU) and Barbados Dive Operators Association (BDOA).

The Future Centre Trust also continued its Anti-Plastic Campaign - the first Nation-wide drive to reduce the use of plastic bags within Barbadian households.


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