Volunteer divers search and collect trash from the ocean floor during a cleanup event hosted by Mermaid Island Diving and Project Aware in Chatan, Okinawa, Saturday, April 20, 2019. COURTESY OF TORI SHARPE
Volunteer divers search and collect trash from the ocean floor during a cleanup event hosted by Mermaid Island Diving and Project Aware in Chatan, Okinawa, Saturday, April 20, 2019. COURTESY OF TORI SHARPE

Local divers pick Okinawa dive spot clean for Earth Day

by Carlos M. Vazquez II
Stars and Stripes

CHATAN, Okinawa – Divers collected more than 120 pounds of trash Saturday from the seafloor at Sunabe Seawall South Steps in an early Earth Day celebration

The event, sponsored by the owners and instructors at Mermaid Island Diving and the nonprofit organization Project Aware, drew 72 scuba and snorkeling volunteers for three hours to collect trash from the ocean environment.

Each month, the owners of Mermaid Island Diving, Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Scott Dahn and his wife, April Dahn, meet with students and other divers at Sunabe Seawall South Steps, a site they’ve adopted as their own through Project Aware.

Project Aware has worked with scuba divers for more than 25 years to protect the ocean in their own communities and to supply them with cleanup kits, according to the organization’s website.

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