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Green Fins #AlternativesToAnchoring Infographic Release!

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#AlternativesToAnchoring is the second Action Point of the Green Fins IYOR 2018 social media campaign! If you have been following the campaign, you might have noticed that it aims to support divers and dive businesses to take further action by sharing and providing solutions to some of the biggest threats. By doing so we will be saving coral reefs from mass extinction and the livelihoods of the more than 200 million people who depend on healthy and balanced coral reef ecosystems.

 

Do you know exactly how an anchor can damage marine ecosystems? What are environmentally friendly alternatives? There is no one answer when it comes to finding alternatives to anchoring, however, this campaign will serve as a platform to inspire action and change in others by sharing the stories of success gathered by more than 10 years of working with the industry.

 

Find ALL the solutions to these and more questions on the NEWLY RELEASED infographic:

 

Follow this link to share the infographic with your fellow divers!

 

Follow the different Green Fins social media platforms to get involved and make a change. Because if you don’t…who will?

 

Facebook| Twitter| Instagram| YouTube|Deepblu

 

For more information on the International Year of the Reef 2018 follow this link:  www.iyor2018.org

Want to be part of the movement? Find all the campaign content here.

 

Thanks to Dive.in magazine to help us develop the infographic!

 

Reef-World’s campaign partners are:

UN Environment, Fourth Element, PATA, Six Senses Laamu and Explorer Ventures.

 

See the first Action Point here.

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Marine Protected Areas

Image Source: Reef-World Foundation

If your next vacation involves the ocean, consider how supporting marine protected areas will help safeguard the environment for years to come. Marine protected areas are known by many different names., from marine sanctuaries to marine reserves, no-take zones, or locally managed marine areas. These areas strive to create a more natural balance and minimize direct human impacts through regulations. Protected areas refer to the area of seabed and water column directly beneath physical points on the ocean’s surface.

How do Marine Protected Areas work?

By Alan Kavanagh, Project Coordinator, The Reef-World Foundation. Continue reading on Scuba Diver Life!

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Sustainable Scuba, not just coral reefs!

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Sustainable Scuba: SCUBA

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Say SCUBA and most people will immediately see coral reefs, possibly whale sharks and maybe a tiny island topped by palms in the background. Well… it didn’t really begin like that, and still tropics are only a part of the story. SCUBA diving was actually born in temperate waters, based on technical innovation brought about by the Second World War. It wasn’t until the advent of affordable long-haul flights and easy-to-operate, reliable equipment that tropical seas became the major destination for recreational diving. By Martina Milanese, on behalf of Green Bubbles RISE.

Continue reading on SEVENSEAS!

 

Green Bubbles has teamed up with Green Fins.

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Mangroves Are Essential to Your Next Great Dive

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Mangroves in Florida Everglades

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Your dive daydreams probably include a beautiful coral reef, but next time you’re imagining your next scuba vacation, take a moment to consider the mangroves.

When you daydream about your next incredible diving vacation, you probably picture a vibrant coral reef. Bright rays of golden sunlight burst through crystal-clear waters to illuminate a world filled with non-stop life and color. You probably don’t think about the murky depths of mangrove forests, characterized by darkness and poor visibility. Divers rarely give these ecosystems a second thought, but mangroves are essential to your next great dive. By Charlie Wiseman, Reef-World Foundation.

Continue reading on Scuba Diver Life!

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Coral Triangle: Underwater03

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The Coral Triangle represents the center of the world’s marine biodiversity, and yet it covers only 1.6 percent of the planet’s oceanic area.


Have you ever dived in Malaysia, Indonesia, or the Philippines? It would be no surprise if these were some of your best dives. These three countries, plus Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and East Timor, are in the heart of the Coral Triangle. This global epicenter of marine biodiversity surprisingly covers only 1.6 percent of the planet’s oceanic area. By Juliana Corrales, Reef-World Foundation.

Continue reading  on Scuba Diver Life!

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Diving into Conservation

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Photo: Reef World Foundation/Green Fins

Photo: Reef World Foundation/Green Fins

I was that kid who spent most of his life underwater. I would spend hours swimming around the bottom of the pool, trying to see without the use of a mask, and testing the boundaries of a new world. Whether peering at it through chlorine-filled red eyes, or between winces trying to ignore another ear infection, I have always been fascinated with the underwater environment. I couldn’t wait to learn to dive and I decided at a young age that I would make it my life’s ambition to work with our seas and oceans. That kid is now a professional SCUBA diver and marine biologist working in international conservation focussing largely upon sustainable diving and marine tourism. By JJ Harvey. Read more.

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