Nov 17, 2013 12:34 AM by Victoria Johnson

Morro Bay underwater clean up is a success

Morro Bay is a bit cleaner. Depth Perceptions Diving Services and the Morro Bay Harbor Department hosted an underwater clean up Saturday at the North T pier in Morro Bay. As a certified scuba diver, KSBY's Victoria Johnson joined about 50 other divers volunteering to pick up trash on Saturday morning.

"A lot of it is people being careless about what they put in the water. They don't realize how much it effects the environment," said volunteer Rachel Harris.

Chairs, heaters and tires are just some of the items found below the pier in Morro Bay.

"We are getting debris off the bottom of the natural estuary. It's a good effort on everyone's part to do it," said Chuck Rawlinson, Owner of Depth Perceptions Diving Services.

Divers picked up bottles and pipes that litter the sea floor, which also pollutes the ocean.

"The marine life on the pilings in this area is incredible. It is a well photographed area," said Rawlinson.

It's important to keep all bottles, cans and trash out of the ocean. In order for sea life to thrive, a clean environment is needed.

"The pollutants are toxic and will kill them over time. We pull up batteries and tires which can release toxins over time periods. We have found oil cans in the past and pipelines with fuel oils in them, netting and abandoned traps," said Rawlinson.

An electric motor was found and was hauled up to the surface. An octopus was living inside motor which is toxic so the octopus was returned to the water.

Some non-toxic items are left in the ocean if sea creatures have made it their habitat.

Over 200 pounds of metals, 80 bottles and an anchor were just some of the items pulled up Saturday. The truckload of trash and debris found will be properly thrown away or recycled.

The next clean up in Morro Bay will happen in October or November of 2014. A clean up at the Harford pier will be Spring 2014.



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