Be A Coral Friendly Diver!

IJsselstein, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 02:51:56

Coral friendly divers go out of their way to help protect and preserve the coral reefs they visit. They pro-actively support marine protected areas and would never intentionally harm a reef or its inhabitants. Here are some of the ways Coral Friendly Divers support protected areas:

These rules aren't to difficult to follow, and if you follow them, you will leave behind the coral reefs at least as nice as they were before you came, and preserve their beauty for the diver after you, and for future generations. Become a Coral Friendly Diver today!

Much more information on coral reefs and coral friendly diving can be found on the web site of the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL). They have also prepared a check list for responsible diving facilities and tour operators, which is worth reading, and to bring to the attention of diving facilities, as maintaining the coral reef is also essential to the future of their business.

Sustainable Diving Checklist

Responsible diving and tourism are crucial to protecting coral reefs, which are among the world's most fragile and endangered ecosystems. At the current rate of destruction, up to 70% of the world's coral reefs may be killed within our lifetime. The following questions enable divers, resort owners, dive boat operators and other people involved in dive tourism to ask themselves if their practices are helping protect coral reefs.

Before a Dive Trip

Dive Tourism Operations
  • General Considerations

    This list was presented by The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) to the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Tourism in the Dominican Republic and the International Coral Reef Initiative Workshop in the Philippines in 1995. It is based on the "Green Leaf Questionnaire" developed by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Additional suggestions are welcome.

    Derived from materials by the Coral Reef Alliance