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B&J Is Organizing an Event on Tioman, Please Get involved

from facebook friday 3rd September from our friends at B&J Diving Centre please support them if you can

B&J is again organizing an event for the International Coastal and Beach Cleanup Day, which will be held on Tioman during the weekend of 25th/26th September 2010. We like to invite you to take part and contribute your part to the conservation of our reefs.

The event will be held from our two centres in Salang Bay and in ABC on Tioman Island and will include a Crown of Thorns (COT) Injection and collection expedition, a house reef cleanup, a beach cleanup and very likely also the sinking of a sailboat for the purpose of becoming an artificial reef.

Crown Of Thorns Starfish:
Even though it is true that we have had some coral bleaching on our reefs, diving is still great and we need to protect our hard corals from the never fasting Crown of Thorns starfish. As emailed earlier this year, we have sponsored an injection unit called SpotGun to inject the COT with a bio-degradable poison (Dry Acid). We’re planning to focus during the event on 4 different dive sites, namely Chebeh Island, Fan Canyon, Sepoi Island and One Tree Bay.

House Reef Cleanup:
Luckily the house reefs on Tioman are not really polluted by rubbish and debris, but unfortunately this can’t be said about the jetty in Salang Bay. As such we will conduct at least one beach dive at this location to collect as much rubbish as we can.

Beach Cleanup:
After a day of diving we will equip ourselves with gloves and rubbish bags and stroll along the beach of Salang and ABC to collect whatever rubbish we might find.

Artificial Reef:
We might even be taking part in sinking a sailboat as an artificial reef at one of our existing dive sites. This boat sunk in the bay of Air Batang (ABC) and the local Marine Park is currently negotiating with the owner to donate it to us for the purpose of becoming an artificial reef.

Costs involved:
We’ve always been a big supporter of PADI’s non profit organization Project AWARE. We believe that we all have to do our part to conserve our oceans for future generations. As such, B&J is not only acting as an organizer for this event but also as a sponsor. As such, we only charge MYR 300.00 for these 5 dives (or MYR 150.00 per day) including BBQ Dinner and wall certificate.

We’re also planning to organize a lucky draw with prices such as T-Shirts, Dive Retail and Free Dives to raise some funds for Project AWARE.

The costs of MYR 150.00 per day do not include accommodation and transportation. We will be happy to assist you with booking ferry tickets (Bluewater Ferries, MYR 35.00 per way) and resort for you (check out http://www.divetioman.com/tioman_accommodation.html).

Possible Itinerary:

Saturday, 25th September:
09:30am: Event briefing at our dive centre in Salang Bay
10:00am: Departure to Chebeh Island for COT Injection and collection
12:00pm: Lunch break at Coral Island
13:00pm: COT Injection and collection at One Tree Bay
14:30pm: Return to Salang Bay
15:00pm: Cleanup dive at the jetty in Salang
17:00pm: Beach Cleanup
19:30pm: BBQ at our dive centre

Sunday, 26th September:
09:30am: Departure to Sepoi Island for COT Injection and collection
12:00pm: Lunch break at Coral Island
13:00pm: COT Injection and collection at Fan Canyon
14:30pm: Return to Salang Bay

Hopefully you can make it for this event. Please email to Martin (martin@divetioman.com) to confirm your participation or if you have any questions.

Happy bubbles & healthy reefs,

Your B&J Dive Team

B&J Diving Centre Sdn. Bhd.
Tioman Island – Malaysia

Web: www.divetioman.com
Email: info@divetioman.com
Tel. Salang: +60 9 419 55 55
Tel. ABC: +60 9 419 12 18