NAUI Green Diver Initiative Calls for Volunteers for North Carolina Cleanup Projects

Roanoke, NC, (January 29, 2020) – The NAUI Green Diver Initiative is pleased to support the North Carolina Clean Up Project headed by the Roanoke Island Outfitter and Dive Center.  This will be a marine debris clean up of wreck of the U85 located 12 miles off Nags Head, NC at a depth of 100 feet and a separate clean up at the Kyzickes and Carl Gerhard shipwrecks located in Kill Devil Hills, NC at a depth of 20 feet.

The Roanoke Island Outfitter and Dive Center will host the Carl Gerhard and Kyzyckes Cleanups are on May 13, 2020. This project will be on-going after these dates if all the marine debris is not completely picked up.  This is a shore dive.  All open water divers, as well as ground support volunteers, are needed.  Interested individuals should contact Capt. Matt and Pam Landrum at riodiving@yahoo.com. We are also looking for donations of food for the volunteers for after the cleanup.  Water for the event is also needed – no single-use plastic bottles, please!  Cash donations to support this event are always welcome.  All donations should go through the Green Diver Initiative.  Contact Maria Lewis at mlewis@greendiver.org.

The Roanoke Island Outfitter and Dive Center will also host the U85 Clean Up on July 18 & 19, 2020 (blow date July 25 & 26, 2020). Advanced experienced divers only on this 100-foot dive.  Additional volunteer boat captains with boats are also needed.  Interested individuals should contact Capt. Matt and Pam Landrum at riodiving@yahoo.com.  We are also looking for local hotels to donate rooms for volunteers.  These hotels will receive a tax-deductible donation letter as well as a mention in the follow-up press release.  Cash donations to support this event are always welcome.  All donations should go through the Green Diver Initiative.  Contact Maria Lewis at mlewis@greendiver.org.

On March 3, 2018, a ship lost 76 cargo containers off the coast of Oregon Inlet. Since Roanoke Island Outfitters and Dive Center runs dive charters weekly to the U85 Wreck, they started seeing some of the items spilled from the containers. This was ALOT of trash from the containers, mostly baby clothes on hangers & plastic bottles. Since then, the shipping company sent a small group of divers to recover some of the containers. They only recovered 1 bag of trash. They sent a second group of divers to clean up the U85 but they also were unsuccessful in completing the massive task.

Roanoke Island Outfitters and Dive Center have since noticed that the trash has migrated 4 miles west to the wreck of the USCG Cutter Jackson and the AR-145 Advance II. The U85 is a historic wreck and a gravesite that deserves respect to be kept clean of debris. These wrecks are also important habitats for marine life and very important to recreational fishermen. Very large sea turtles have been spotted dead, lodged in the wreck. The turtles could not be retrieved so there is no definitive cause of death. If this trash continues to migrate it will eventually wash up on the beaches of the Northern Outer Banks and continue to harm marine life in the ocean.

“We are excited to be a part of this cleanup project that has been much needed for several years,” said Green Diver Initiative Executive Director Maria Lewis. “As hoped, the project has inspired NAUI Green Divers, as well as other entities to participate and steward from across North Carolina, and even farther, to collaborate on this event.”

To learn more about this collaboration and get involved in the clean-up, email Capt. Matt and Pam Landrum at riodiving@yahoo.com  or go to http://www.nauigreendiver.org/upcoming-events.html

To donate please contact Maria Lewis at mlewis@greendiver.org or call 813-628-6284 x210.

For information on the original cargo container incident view these websites:

https://wtkr.com/2018/03/10/cargo-container-lost-off-north-carolina-coast-reportedly-had-5900-pounds-of-sulfuric-acid-in-it/

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article205114979.html

https://wtkr.com/2018/03/04/70-cargo-containers-fall-off-ship-in-north-carolina/

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Formed in 2010 by the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI Worldwide) the Green Diver Initiative empowers individuals to preserve and conserve our ocean planet. Green Diver Initiative is open to everyone, divers, and non-divers with the common goal of taking action to protect the environment. For more information, please contact mlewis@greendiver.org.