SOS to local volunteers

WHITSUNDAY environmentalist Ian Thomson and his company Save Our Seas Australia (SOS) are organising two events in the coming months to help save the polluted waters and dying reefs in the region.

The first event is on International Padi Project AWARE day on September 25 where volunteers will head out to popular anchorages and bays throughout the Whitsundays to clean up the marine environment.

Mr Thomson said he was curious to see what was found in bays where no diving was done and boats were regularly moored overnight.

“I want to see what we, as boaties, are throwing overboard,” he said.

“I would like to see the local charter boat industry support this day by jointly sponsoring the event.”

He also said that he would like to lead a crew of volunteers out to the outer reef, to investigate and help fight against the growing concern of Crown of Thorns starfish destroying the coral reefs.

“We have a few people trained to inject these creatures with the poison that kills them, but they need funding for materials,” he said.

“We will take SOS Ocean Racing (yacht) out for an overnight trip as soon as we have the funding.

“This program is essential to keep Bait Reef alive for future tourism.”

Mr Thomson expressed the need for support from local businesses and volunteers because he said government funding would take too long to obtain.

“We require funding for materials and we would also like to train more divers,” he said. “Hopefully the users of the outer reef will see this as an investment in their future.”

Any divers or anyone who can offer another vessel or any assistance should contact Ian Thomson on 0412 932 808 or visit

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