Scubaçao Diving Adventures Curaçao

Recycle fishing weights to dive weights

When you’re diving with us you might have noticed that besides taking care of our divers we also try to take care of our reefs. We remove debris like bags, cans and bottles but also tons of fishing line. The people of Curaçao are keen fishermen and in many local dishes you can find fresh local fish as main ingredient. Unfortunately every now and then their lines get stuck on the bottom, and will be left behind. Luckily for our reefs there are plenty of divers who bother to clean them uo

Most of the time these fishing lines are attached to a hook and some lead fishing weights. The fishing line we throw in the bin on the beach or back at the shop but the weights we keep to recycle them

Every single block of weight we have in our inventory is home made using fishing weights recovered from the reef.

Lead is pretty bad for the environment so we think this is about the environment friendliest solution to this type of pollution. Take a look below how the weights are made 🙂

We supply air from our “empty” tanks into a furnace with charcoal briquets. The bucket oven designed and built by Marc

Safety first

Its the kind of job where you need to have the right equipment 😉 safety first

Inside the furnace

Inside the furnace

The fishing weights

The fishing weights

Pouring the lead into a mold

Pouring the lead into a mold

Verify the result on a scale, target is 907 grams for a 2lbs weight block

Verify the result on a scale, target is 907 grams for a 2lbs weight block

The rest of the family

The rest of the family