A Twillingate-based commercial diver has created an initiative to help clean up the province’s harbours.
After diving commercially for 21 years, Shawn Bath noticed the amount of garbage, intentionally or otherwise, littering the bottoms of the harbours.
Bath says the litter ranges from ghost nets to buckets and fish pans that were either lost or simply tossed into the water. He says that prompted him to launch the Clean Harbours Initiative.
He says they’ve managed to collect just over 1000 tires and a total of 13,000 pounds of ocean trash.
However, he says they need help to keep the effort going. He says they need funding to get the gear necessary.
He says they need more tanks, and the dry suit he’s using is 17 years old and in need of constant repairs and maintenance, which is expensive. He says they recently got funding from the Twillingate Lion’s Club to replace zippers on the dry suit at a cost of $850 dollars.
Bath is encouraging anyone who supports what they’re doing to contact them and make a donation through their Facebook page.