Seabed to get an annual clean

WET TYRES: One of the many items found on the Mediterranean sea bed Photo credit: Twitter

MORE than a thousand volunteers, mainly deep sea divers, have already enrolled to help out in the next grand cleaning of the sea bed.  It’s the third time this initiative has taken place and follows on from last year’s major cleaning that resulted in more than 10 tons of rubbish being removed from the sea.

The event is taking place over this weekend and will see around 30 different points of the Spanish coast and many of the volunteers have come from the Murcia region.

According to the Network of Marine Watchers, the amount of solid waste found in the seas and oceans around the world causes the death of more than a million birds and over 100,000 turtles and other sea creatures annually.

Data shows that the most commonly found waste on the seabed is cans, bottles, fishing nets and hooks and microplastics, although on occasions a number of shopping trolleys, car tyres and wheels.

last weekend, diving clubs based in Murcia, Andalusia, Asturias, Canarias, Castilla-Leon, Galicia, Ceuta and Melilla are took part in the mass clean-up.

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