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Green Fins says "No Anchors In Reefs" at IYOR 2018!

Updated: Aug 7


Green Fins, internationally coordinated by Reef-World, are the only recognized environmental set of standards with a comprehensive management approach to provide guidance and support for business owners and national authorities to promote scuba DIVE best practices.

Diving and snorkeling centers are uniquely positioned to act within their own communities and among customers to encourage positive and lasting change.

"To protect and conserve coral reefs by establishing and implementing environmentally friendly guidelines to promote a sustainable diving and snorkeling tourism industry."

Safe Practices for Scuba and Snorkeling Dive Tours are in the link below:

http://greenfins.net/en/Guides

Green Fins IYOR 2018 Campaign

Reef-World launches the Green Fins International Year of the Reef 2018 campaign. The social media campaign aims to make sustainable diving practices the social norm, by promoting pragmatic solutions to key local threats identified through years of work with the dive industry; and encouraging other stakeholders, like equipment manufacturers, to take action to reduce the pressures on coral reefs.

By following these action points, campaign partners and followers will be contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals 14 (Life Below Water) and 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production), from the global agenda to transform the world by 2030.

Over the course of IYOR 2018 the campaign will cover four Action Points that the diving industry can take control over, allowing reefs to be the strongest they can be. By the end of each Action Point a brand new infographic will be released.

1) #REDEFINETHEDIVE

The campaign will start with ‘#RedefineTheDive’, focusing on underwater behavior, how to be the most environmentally aware diver to have zero impact dives. Providing solutions to dive guides and outlining to divers how they are expected to behave underwater.

2) #ALTERNATIVESTOANCHORING

The damage an anchor inflicts on coral reefs is immediate and visible, this can be alleviated by implementing and adopting environmental best practice. There is no one answer when it comes to alternatives to anchoring, this Action Point 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.

Sea Legacy and Reef Life have launched an #AlternativesToAnchoring initiative with Safe Anchor Mooring Stations made with Coral Reef Minerals, paired with proper anchor systems so that YOU and those who use them will NOT Anchor in 300 Year old Coral Reefs!!! https://www.sealegacy.org/

"Wonderful dive sites will only stay wonderful for as long as we care for them. Negligence in any regard can quickly and irreversibly destroy entire underwater communities.”

Objectives for Safe Anchorage Mooring Stations: Island or Coastal Community Project: The primary objectives of a small scale Mooring Buoy and Reef Protection Project are: 1) Placement and maintenance of approximately 75 to 250 mooring buoy sites, with coral and reef fish habitats for use by local boats, including both fisherman and recreational dive operators. 2) Documentation of the selected sites and collection of baseline data for buoy locations having a high potential to suffer impacts due to recreational diving and other activities. 3) Development of a general program to provide on-going monitoring and data collection activities. 4) On-going collection of environmental and reef status data . 5) provision of educational materials to populace and visiting recreational divers.

Follow Green Fins on social media and take action today. Share. Print. Post.

Find all the information you need to promote the campaign by following this link:

https://trello.com/b/fEeL9QWv

If you want more information contact Juliana at juliana@reef-world.org

http://greenfins.net/en/videos

https://reef-world.org/projects/#green-fins

http://greenfins.net/en/partners

https://reefs.com/2018/08/26/eco-company-highlight-reef-life-restoration/

This is why the installation of mooring buoys is so important. Mooring buoys are permanent structures rooted into the sediment to which boats can tie up, eliminating the need to anchor each time they visit a popular site. Wonderful dive sites will only stay wonderful for as long as we care for them. Negligence in any regard can quickly and irreversibly destroy entire underwater communities.” Well stated, and fantastic work by the team at Reef Life Restoration. It is companies like this that give me hope for the future of our beautiful oceans (and therefore, all life on Earth)

#AlternativesToAnchoring #GreenFins #IYOR2018 #UNEnvironment #reefworld #ReefWorld #RedifineTheDive #ReefLifeBlue #reeflife911 #SaveOurOcean #SDG14

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