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Last weekend's Dive Against Debris removed nearly 1,300 pounds of garbage from the ocean (In photos)

The first Dive Against Debris in five years drew in a dedicated crew of volunteers despite the pouring rain

Wide smiles and wet feet abounded last weekend at the first Dive Against Debris in five years. 

The mission to clean up Mannion Bay saw 1272.65 pounds of garbage from the bottom of the estuary. 

The event, co-sponsored by Bowen Island Municipality, The Hearth, and Diving In: The Art of Cleaning Lakes and Oceans saw 33 volunteers, eight divers, four boaters and two artists. 

Artists will now take the debris and make artwork.  

BIM’s manager of environment and parks planning Bonny Brokenshire wished to give accolades to Spitkovski. “This initiative that Amber’s organized is really helpming improve the ecological integrity in Mannion Bay,” Brokenshire told the Undercurrent recently. 

Spitkovsky was full of thanks  following the event but particularly wanted to recognize the “amazing participation of the local restaurants and General Store.”