By Mike Puia
DIVING expert in the Western province, Dive Gizo, has injected $10,000 toward a major clean-up planned in Gizo and nearby islands next week.
Western Province Network for Sustainable Environment (WPNFSE), a body coordinating non-government organisations and groups in the province, is organising this clean-up.
According to David Boseto, of the WPNFSE, the clean-up is part of activities they planned to hold to coincide with this year’s World Environment Day, World Ocean Day and Coral Triangle Day which will be commemorated in Gizo next Wednesday and Thursday.
Boseto thanked Gizo Dive for the support and for its support toward prizes for the king and queen show that will also be held during the event.
The winning contender is expected to show innovation and great talent displaying concern for the environment. The prize is a diving package worth about $4,000.
Dive Gizo owner, Danny Kennedy, told Island Sun Gizo that he and his wife, Kerrie, have been rendering support towards clean-up and conservation efforts since they started Dive Gizo about 32 years ago.
Danny said the money they provided toward the clean-up comes from a donation made by Mr Jon and wife Mrs Tea Pollack.
He said the couple gave them the money and asked them to use it toward conservation and marine preservation.
Danny said it is fitting that they use this money to support the upcoming clean-up.
The clean-up is mainly to collect plastics underwater and to weed-out crown of thorns, a dangerous star fish that is posing a threat to the reefs.