USC’s Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber and Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies–Catalina Conservation Divers are proud to continue the tradition of the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup. Thanks to the dive community, the 35th Cleanup was a huge success! Cleanup divers removed an astonishing 4,980 pounds of trash from Avalon Harbor! 343 attendees, along with the support of 63 volunteers, banded together to collect everything from beer cans to boat parts – from radios to a Rolex watch. In total, the event raised $20,639 for USC’s Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber and Wrigley Institute Scientific Diving Program.
|35th Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup design, 2016 winner Emily Phelan|
Congratulations to Emily Phelan for the winner of this year's Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup t-shirt contest.
The 36th Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup will be Saturday, February 25, 2017.
Clothing: “Dorky" Fur hat with Paws. Did it keep the diver’s 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
Former mayor, Bob Kennedy, will be taking the radio and trash award plaque to the Avalon Harbor Master to hang in city hall as a reminder of harbor budget needs, concerns, requests, etc.
Furniture/Household: With all of the concerns of el Niño 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 was married last year and came to their first Underwater Cleanup for their anniversary. They found their champagne brunch underrated - not only the eggs, but also the champagne glass to go 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. Alas, poor Yorick! Wonder where the rest of the skeleton went?
Found by Bill Shermett
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 we 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 a 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. Paint colors were still bright and shiny in spite of the marine growth.
Found by Phil Darling
Most Spirited Dive Team: This year’s award goes to a family - with their young son, Corbin, on shore - enthusiastically swimming around all the divers while wearing a shark fin on his back. Who knew that sharks could bring such levity to the day?!
Brian, Corbin (and family) Bray
The Ken Kurtis Silver Tongued Devil BS Award: “I’m Being Framed!” won by Lynne Hagen
The story of finding a doll (girl) swimming in the water to get away after being accused of murder. The props of a female doll and a 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, or group, that is promoting diving safety and/or diving especially in Southern California and Catalina (Love this Island!). This year’s 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 year’s award goes to R. Buck – Keep on Divin’!
A huge thank you to our 2016 sponsors! The Cleanup would happen without their generous support!
|Primary Sponsor –||total retail value of prizes or cash donation of $750+|
|Major Sponsor –||total retail value of prizes or cash donation of $400-$749|
|Participant –||total retail value of prizes or cash donation of $50-$399|
|Avalon Blue Line Baggage
||Catalina Adventure Tours
|Catalina Divers Supply
|Catalina Island Conservancy
||Channel Island Dive Adventures
|Catalina Scuba Luv
||Descanso Beach Ocean Sports
|Great Escapes Dive Chaters
||Santa Catalina Island Company
|USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
||USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies
|Aquarium of the Pacific
|• Avalon Harbor Department|
|• Bigblue Dive Lights|
|• Bluewater Avalon|
|• Catalina Cylinders|
|• Catalina Island Inn|
|• Dive Dry with Dr. Bill|
|• Dive Right|
|• DUI int.|
|• Ikelite Underwater Systems|
|• Island Water Charters|
|• Kraken Sports|
|• Ocean Management Systems|
|• Princeton Tec|
|• Saint Brendan|
|• Sealife Underwater Camera|
|• Seaport Village Inn|
|• Submersible Systems, Inc.|
|• Vicencia and Buckley|
Email email@example.com or contact the USC Hyperbaric Chamber at (310) 510-4020.