16/09/2013
This boat was lifted off Red Sea floor during cleanup op last week Photo: Sagy Markman

Underwater Cleanup Op in Eilat Yields Tons of Debris
This boat was lifted off Red Sea floor during cleanup op last week
Photo: Sagy Markman
​The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) ran an underwater cleanup operation in Eilat last week. Tons of debris were removed from the oceanbed of the Red Sea, including fishing nets, tires, scrap metal and even a small boat other things; some of these items have lain at the bottom of the sea for decades. The debris was transferred to a regulated landfill.

​The underwater cleanup, conducted off Eilat’s Sun Bay Beach and Palm Beach, was part of the national coast cleanup week. The operation was run by the MoEP, in coordination with the Eilat municipality, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, and the Underwater Observatory Marine Park in Eilat. It is part of a collective effort to preserve coral reefs that grew on top of the debris by removing the debris and then transferring the reefs to the observatory.

The debris that was collected was transferred to the MoEP’s Marine Pollution Control and Response Station, where it was sorted and then transferred to a landfill site.

Waste on the floor of the sea, particularly fishing nets, can pose extreme danger and cause irreperable harm to marine life. This cleanup operation is one of many that the Marine Pollution Control and Response Station holds on the Gulf of Eilat throughout the year.