BEGIN AT HOME
Support coral reef conservation by choosing your resort with care and being a "green consumer" with your vacation dollars.
- Opt for environmentally conscious places to stay.
- Look for coral parks and other marine conservation areas, and pay user fees that support marine conservation.
- Choose Coral Friendly dive operations that practice reef conservation by:
- Giving diver orientations and briefings.
- Holding buoyancy control workshops.
- Actively supporting local coral parks.
- Using available moorings.
- Using available wastewater pump-out facilities.
- Keep your diving skills finely tuned, and be sure to practice them away from the reef.
- Learn all you can about coral reefs—they are fascinating and fragile environments.
IN THE WATER
Never touch corals; even a slight contact can harm them and some corals can sting or cut you.
- Carefully select points of entry and exit to avoid areas of reef.
- Make sure all your equipment is well secured.
- Make sure you are neutrally buoyant at all times.
- Maintain a comfortable distance from the reef.
- Practice good finning and body control to avoid accidental contact with the reef or stirring up the sediment.
- Stay off the bottom and never stand or rest on corals.
- Avoid using gloves and kneepads in coral environments.
- Take nothing living or dead out of the water, except recent garbage.
- Do not chase, harass or try to ride marine life.
- Do not touch, handle or feed marine life except under expert guidance and following established guidelines.
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY
Divers need advanced diving skills to take pictures and video underwater. Photographic and video equipment is cumbersome and affects a diver's buoyancy and mobility in the water. It is all-too easy to touch and damage marine life when concentrating on "the shot".
ON DIVE BOATS
- Choose dive operations whose boats make use of available moorings—anchors and chains destroy fragile corals.
- Make sure garbage is well stowed, especially light plastic items.
- Be sure to take away everything you brought on board, such as packaging and used batteries.
- Support coral parks and other conservation projects by:Paying user fees in recognized coral parks and conservation areas that are actively supporting coral reef conservation.
- Encouraging and supporting the use of dive moorings.
- Filling in wildlife sighting forms.
- Participating in cleanups.
- Volunteering your skills.
- Donating used equipment such as cameras, dive gear or reef ID books.
- Avoid purchasing souvenirs made from coral, turtles or other marine life—often this is illegal, and it’s never environmentally wise.
- Speak up; make sure your dive buddies understand these simple but important conservation practices.
Good divers know the best way to enjoy a reef is to slow down, relax and watch as reef creatures go about their daily lives undisturbed.
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