Volunteers diving for garbage. Image Credit: Akhbar Al Khaleej

Manama: Sixty volunteers have begun an undersea campaign in Bahrain aimed at cleaning up the country’s coasts and protecting its ecology.

Launched under the motto “Our Seas Clean”, the drive started off the Port of Hidd and runs through September 21 across the country.

The campaign is managed by the Bahrain Diving Volunteer Team (BDVT) in cooperation with the Kingdom’s Supreme Council for Environment and agencies including the UN Environment Programme as well as a number of companies, Amar Janahi, the team’s public relations head told Bahraini newspaper Akhbar Al Khaleej.

The campaign raises awareness about the importance of avoiding throwing garbage into seas due to their dangers to marine life, he said.

“The campaign has achieved part of its goals in providing a clean environment and preserving a proper natural life for sea-goers and fishers.”

He added that since the campaign’s kick-off on Friday, the volunteers have collected huge quantities of underwater throwaways including iron, aluminium and tyres.

“The organising committee will sort out the waste and send to the agencies concerned for recycling with the proceeds to be spent on charitable works,” Janahi said.