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Take the plunge to clean up waters

COFFS Harbour's diving community and local residents are being called on to celebrate International Cleanup Day on Saturday and contribute vital marine debris data.

Jetty Dive Centre is asking for help to target underwater and shoreline debris. Project AWARE Foundation, a nonprofit environmental organisation spearheads the cleanup events and urges divers and volunteers to jump in their wetsuits, pull on their gloves and take the plunge to cleanup marine debris.

Every year an estimated seven billion tons of debris enters the world's oceans. The consequences are deva- stating as each year nearly one million birds are killed by aquatic litter and an estimated 100,000 marine animals, including dolphins, whales and sea turtles, choke or get tangled in debris.

If you're interested in participating and contributing data to the Global Marine Debris Index, drop by the Jetty Dive Centre at 398 Harbour Drive or call 6651 1611.

You don't have to be a diver to get involved, you can bring friends and family along to help make clean waters a reality.

The event starts at Jetty Dive Centre at 8am for divers and 9am for non divers that want to help out along the beaches.

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