How to Be Environmentally Responsible Divers
There are many signs of environmental damage underwater. Diving poses a risk to the environment and it is for this reason that each diver must become environmentally responsible. Here are tips that can help divers become even more environmentally conscious:
Practice good buoyancy – By improving this skill, you will be less likely to accidentally damage your underwater environment because the instinct to grab hold of something will be eliminated. You will therefore not do damage to the reef by holding on to it.
Dive without gloves – gloves have a way of making divers feel protected, which then makes them more predisposed to touching things underwater including the reef. Those who are worried about coming into contact with hydroids should use one glove when descending and then once they are in the water, they should take it off and put it in their pocket to be used later.
Be Careful with waste – waste that can easily be blown off your dive boat, such as plastic bottles, candy wrappers, masking tape, cigarette butts and the like should be properly disposed of. If you do not have trashcans and ashtrays on board, carry your trash and dispose of it on land.
Have an eco-friendly guide? Tip Him/ her – This is a great way to encourage guides to be more eco- friendly. Reward positive traits like correcting poor behavior underwater and dive briefings that are environmentally focused.
Do not eat reef fish – By reducing and completely eliminating the demand for reef fish, positive change can be made. Refuse to eat fish like the snapper, parrotfish and grouper, which are unsustainable options. When selecting seafood, opt for sustainable ones.
Choose your sunscreen carefully – Obviously, you need to wear sunscreen, but avoid any with oxybenzone as an ingredient since it has been found that oxybenzone kills coral.
Avoid feeding the fish – The implications of feeding fish are quite significant. The reason is that they tend to ignore their natural source of food and then throw the underwater food chain completely off balance.
Select only responsible operators – Look to work with a dive shop that is conscious of making as little impact as possible to the reef. By demanding eco- conscious businesses, you will be raising awareness for the conservation of the ocean.
Shop Sustainably – Do not purchase ocean products and shells. Mollusks tend to have very important roles in the marine ecosystem. They prevent the overgrowth of algae on the reefs by grazing on it. When they are removed from the ocean so that their shells can be on sale, the ecosystem becomes unbalanced.