During the first year of NARC the group carried out 6 clean up dives around the Pembrokeshire coastline. Our first outing saw us visit Stackpole Quay on 30th April 2005 where twelve volunteers collected 72kg of lead in the form of fishing weights. Next up was Hobbs Point where fourteen volunteers removed an array of litter some of it not what you would expect to find on the sea bed. There were revolving chairs, shopping trolleys and even something a bit more nautical, an anchor!
June saw three boats and thirteen volunteers recover angling litter from Martin’s Haven whilst a return to Hobbs Point found mountain bikes and a microwave. In September ten of the group splashed into the waters off Stackpole again and recovered a whopping 235kg of lead fishing weights The last dive of the season came in October where ten volunteers cleaned Hobbs Point finding amongst the usual variety of obscure a number of golf balls suggesting that maybe the local resident lobster is taking up the game.
The year ended with a Christmas dinner and novelty bingo in the Navy Inn in Pembroke Dock. A big thank you to all our volunteers in 2005, who came from Llantrisant Dive Club, Llanreath, Ogwr, Carmarthen Bay, Puffin, and off course a number of independent divers. We are very grateful for all their help and use of their boats!
- NARC joins forces with Loutraki Divers to help clean Greek seas
- Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners initiative shortlisted for the Campaign for National Parks Park Protector of the Year Award
- NARC invited to launch of Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) in London
- Narc working with World Animal Protection and local fisherman
- Neptune’s Army welcomes new volunteer
- Rubbish army celebrates 10 years of underwater cleaning
- Penguins join the litter army
- Underwater litter pickers get in the driver’s seat
- NARC raising awareness of marine litter on the BBCs One Show
- 2013 goes down a one of NARC’s best clean up years