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Social media backlash prompts reef cleanup

By Shane Graber - Posted Jan 15, 2013 10:00 AM
After Michael McCue's Youtube video went viral, the Guam EPA and other associations jumped into action to clean up the mess.

The underwater trash pile was discovered by Michael McCue, curator of the Tumor Underwater World Aquarium, while diving on a reef just off the coast of Agat, Guam. When he found the trash pile, he recorded the extent of the trash strewn about the reef site and subsequently uploaded the video to Youtube.

Shortly after uploading, the video went viral and in the end a group of divers including the Guam EPA, Underwater World staff, and the Micronesian Divers Association cleaned up the mess.  The military also got involved, helping fill three trucks full of the hauled-up trash, which were then recycled.

(via Radio Australia)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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