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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Reef clean up American Samoa

 In the water self portrait in Fagaalu Bay, American Samoa on Christmas day.  Kathy and I decided to   clean up of trash in Fagaalu bay, American Samoa.
Thankfully these little blue fish brightened our day of picking up trash off the coral reef in Fagaalu bay, American Samoa.

Underwater self portrait during phase one of our Fagaalu bay, American Samoa coral reef clean up project.

 This can did not make me smile.
 Cans two by two into the bag.
 We don't go snorkeling to see plastic forks on the reef.    This is a underwater photograph.
 Hawksbill turtle didn't seem to mind a quick photo shoot, perhaps he was thanking us for picking up trash in his neighborhood.
 Kathy grabs a can within five feet of the Hawksbill turtle seen in the bottom center of the photo.
 The endangered Hawksbill Turtle has to watch what he eats in Fagaalu bay as plastic bags are nearly as common a sea sponges.
 Another can.  With every dive several pieces of trash were available for pickup.  IF we had a floating dump truck and a half a day we could easily fill it with tires, line, anchors, office chairs, plastic bags, cans and bottles.
 Coral ranges from dead to alive, but gets much better several hundred meters from shore where fresh ocean water predominates.
 Plastic plate.
 A magnificent Cowrie.  This shot was taken underwater with a waterproof Nikon Coolpix AW100 point and shoot camera.  Not bad.
 Cans, bottles and trash seem to be in equal proportion to coral and fish on the reef in Fagaalu bay.
 One bag of cans, plastic and bottles from just a quick 15 minute swim in Fagaalu bay, American Samoa.
Overflowing trash cans and trade winds might be the source of much of the trash we found on the coral reef in Fagaalu bay. But, based on what we've seen walking around the island and riding the bus, most of the trash was most likely thrown directly in the water or into a ditch that flushes the trash in to the bay.  Far too frequently we see people throwing trash out the bus window or simply tossing trash on the ground. What's need is leadership, education on reducing use and recycling and more trash and cans.