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Tyre Removal – Eel Garden Dive Site, Dahab

28 June 2010 No Comment

On the 3rd of August 2009, RED SEA RESEARCH staff and volunteers took out more than 80 car and tractor tyres from a well known dive site in Dahab, South Sinai. These tyres had been dumped upon the reef table by unknown persons and were causing damage to the coral. These tyres were carefully removed off the reef by divers over a period of 4 weeks and placed on the sandy bottom 25m from the reef edge, this allowed for the tyre to be cleaned, checked for live organisms and small coral colonies, that were present on 3 of the tyres, to be removed and relocated onto the nearby reef.  Staff and volunteers planned the heaving of the tyres to the water’s surface through a pulley system to an awaiting boat, where they were loaded and taken to shore. The tyres were collected and transported, by the South Sinai Marine Protectorate, to a recycling plant in El Tur.

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