Avalon, Catalina Island Underwater Cleanup
Avalon Harbor is one of Southern California’s most fascinating dive locations and is home to many of the Catalina Conservancy’s events. Once a year, Avalon closes its harbor to boats and opens it for divers to volunteer by picking up trash at the bottom of the bay. In February, over 500 volunteer scuba divers collect trash and interesting treasures in Avalon Bay on Catalina Island. Prizes are given to divers who retrieve the oddest, oldest and most valuable finds. This year the event will be held on February 20, 2016.
Founded in 1972 as a non-profit organization, the Catalina Island Conservancy hosts programs that protect endangered species and restore threatened habitats. The island remains one of the oldest private land trusts in Southern California.
Before its foundation, William Wrigley bought a controlling interest in the Santa Catalina Island Company in 1919. He received the island along with the company and began improving the island with new steamships, a hotel, the Casino building and many trees. Wrigley’s goal was that Catalina Island be protected for all generations to enjoy. His name may sound familiar, as he also is the founder of one of the most successful chewing gum companies in the world. His son, Philip Wrigley, would continue his father’s legacy by donating his family’s ownership of Santa Catalina Island to the Conservancy.
Proceeds of the event benefit the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber and the Catalina Conservancy’s Robert R. Given Fund for Ocean Conservation and Educational Outreach. The event’s sponsors are also a key part of the underwater cleanup’s success. Many companies, including Scuba.com, proudly participate in the event. If you would like to find out more about the event, check out their website at http://www.ccd.org.