Avalon Underwater Cleanup results & awards

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Posted by Jill Boivin on February 24, 2016 at 09:39:27:

I wanted to thank you for your time and commitment to the 35th Annual Avalon Harbor underwater cleanup.

Here are the stats from the event and the trash awards.

Trash Awards:
Clothing: “Dorky" Fur hat with Paws Did it keep the divers’ head warm? Found by Johnny Haire

Electrical: TV Remote - Not usually found in the harbor waters, wonder if they were upset with the Superbowl? Found by Eric Mabry

Funniest: Handheld VHF Radio with the label Harbor Patrol along with a number Found by: unknown donor, However Bob Kennedy(former mayor) will be taking it and the trash award plaque to the Harbormaster to hang in city hall as a reminder of harbor budget needs, concerns, requests, etc.

Furniture/Household: With all of the concerns of el Nino rains you definitely want this around, Bug Zapper, found by Darryle Abbott

Kitchen Related: This was a fitting find, as the team that found it were married last year and came to their first U/W cleanup.This year for their anniversary they found their champagne brunch underrated - not only the eggs but the champagne glass to go along with it, (although I have heard of egg in your beer, not egg in your champagne!). Found by Lynsey and Quentin Scott Boatman

Bizarre: That is the only way we could describe this very unusual find - wonder what they saw in this - a three legged Eyeball(with adjustable legs)! Found by Sharon Wallin

Miscellaneous: With all the comic heroes around and their toys, someone found a Scuba Action Figure! Found by Samantha Assad

Smallest: A very tiny human skull bead, without the

Valuable: We’ve had rings and watches (and some have actually found their owners again!) This time a Rolex watch, still ticking! Found by Randy Gabler

Worthless: What can I say about this, in its heyday it was the technological marvel but not anymore an 8 track tape Found by Kerry Long

Beautiful: We had to create this category for this item, as it is the most beautiful thing to come out of the water in a long time A large square Chinese Teapot with gold accents; along with colors of paint were still bright and shiny in spite of the marine growth Found by Phil Darling

Most Spirited Dive Team: This years award goes to a family - with their young son Corbin on the shore who was so enthusiastic with all the family and trash and what was going on—swimming around all the divers while wearing a chest strap with a shark fin (neoprene?) on his back. Who know that sharks could bring such levity to the day! Brian, Corbin (and family) Bray

The Ken Kurtis Siver Tongued Devil BS Award “I’m Being Framed!” won by Lynne Hagen for her story of finding a doll(girl) swimming in the water to get away after being accused of a murder. The props of a female doll and an worm eaten wooden frame complete this picture.

Golden Flipper Award: Given to a person or group that has dedicated time and years to working with the underwater cleanup. This year goes to Ted Sharshan who has worked with the cleanup for 16 years.

The Jon Hardy Award: Given to a person/group that is promoting diving safety and/or diving especially in Southern California and Catalina(Love this Island!). This years recipient has been diving since 1984 - decades! Diving and bringing divers to the island and has a club Barnacle Busters to continue this tradition. This years award goes to R. Buck -- Keep on Divin”!

Trash- 4980 lbs.
Participants: 343 Total (317 Divers, 26 Non-Divers)
Total revenue: $20,738 (Pre-reg $13,450; Day-of reg $1,800; Raffle $4,519; T-shirts $969)

I think the event was a great success and hope to always improve upon the day with help and comment from you. If you have a suggestion, we are all ears! If you have or know others who would or might like to help next year, please spread the word.

Save the date for the 36th Annual Avalon Harbor Cleanup on 2/25/2017.
Jill A. Boivin, Chairperson
Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup

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