The Roniti se mora Diving Club, with the support of C.I.O.S. group, the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency and National Geographic Croatia, as partners in the project, have successfully completed the 26th environmental action Think Green on the island of Vis.
The action lasted for three days on the island, and the locations of Stonca Bay, the bay in front of the Czech Villa and Oključna Bay were cleaned with more than 12 tons (12,150 kg) extracted from the seabed, ie 27 cubic meters of waste.
The largest pieces were various metal structures, batteries, construction waste, boat parts and truck tires. More than 700 bags were used for smaller waste, such as glass, cans and plastic.
In partnership with C.I.O.S. group, who provided comprehensive logistical support, all waste collected during the action was removed from the island, and will be sorted and adequately disposed of. In that way, the local community was additionally helped and they were relieved of any worries about disposing of waste extracted from the seabed.
48 volunteer divers took part and together worked over 400 hours underwater. The entire effort of Think Green volunteers would not have been possible and so successful without the adequate support of the local community, the City of Vis and its societies.
Members of the Roniti se mora Diving Club Zagreb and Šibenik took part in the action.
The official part of the opening of the action took place in the presence of the representative of the City of Vis Damir Mumanović, the director of the Tourist Board of the City of Vis Ivo Fiamengo and the executive director of the association Geopark Vis Archipelago Lana Schmidt.
Since the Think Green campaign has an educational character and aims to raise awareness of the need to leave the sea clean for future generations, a lecture was held for children from Vis Kindergarten on ecology and diving, and they were also introduced to the principle of scuba diving and diving equipment.
They were introduced to the importance of preserving the environment, marine flora and fauna, and had the opportunity to participate in an environmental action during which they actively helped to remove waste from the sea.
The action was held in partnership with C.I.O.S. group, Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, National Geographic Croatia, INA d.d., City of Vis, Jamnica, TZ Vis, Mares, Garmin, The Garden Brewery, Jadrolinija, Zagrebačke pekarne KLARA d.d., Geopark Viški Arhipelag, Hotel Issa, DC Nautica Vis , DC Anma, Gradina Vis d.o.o., HVIDRA Vis, DV Vis, and media sponsors Scubalife magazine, Scuba Skener and Morski.hr.
For eleven years now, the Roniti se mora Diving Club has been organising Think Green campaigns to clean the seabed, rivers and lakes throughout Croatia, and in addition to cleaning, it also has an educational effect and raises environmental awareness and points out to the public the problems of environmental pollution.