Once you begin to understand the complex inter-relationships that occur beneath the ocean’s surface, you cannot help but want to conserve this amazing environment.
Scubafish believe that as part of the diving community with an emphasis on sustainable dive tourism we have a responsibility to foster environmental awareness, responsible attitudes and values. Scubafish aim to encourage positive action, inspire a change in personal behaviour, and highlight the value of our natural resources.
Our eco-philosophy started with the belief that everyone’s enjoyment of diving or snorkeling can be enhanced if they understand something about the ecology of reef systems. At first sight, a coral reef seems like a fantastic collection of colourful creatures. However, there is a complex eco-system that supports this array of life and each creature has a complex species-history that has been shaped by thousands of years of evolution.
As a diver, you only become aware of these patterns and complexities after completing hundreds of dives and hours of research about the reef environment! We encourage all our divers to take an interest in the the marine life they observe whilst diving. We give briefings before each dive that include information about marine life and how best to interact in a passive, low-impact way.
Our Pledge to the Environment is to:
Provide dive experiences that enhance visitor awareness, appreciation and understanding of the local aquatic environment and act as a responsible role model for guests.
Promote strict “NO TOUCH” policy for all reef diving and snorkeling.
Participate in local conservation efforts and support established parks and reserves.
Provide pre-dive briefings on responsible dive practices such as:
- Proper buoyancy control
- Securing equipment and streamlining body position
- Maintaining distance from sensitive environments
- Not touching or chasing animals
Use mooring buoys or drift diving techniques whenever possible to avoid damage to underwater habitat.
Participate in regular underwater clean ups and regular coral reef monitoring. Report monitoring data to the regional coral reef database.
Abide by and provide guests with information on local, regional, national, and international environmental laws, regulations and customs.
Provide adequate waste management on board vessel and use environmentally sound methods of rubbish disposal.
Not sell items made from endangered species, threatened species, corals or tropical hardwoods.
Use recycled products whenever possible.
Display environmental public awareness materials and provide community involvement opportunities
Offer Project AWARE specialty courses that teach customers about ecology and conservation
Respect local people, culture and traditions while abiding by local laws and regulations
Sustainable dive tourism, Environmental awareness, Responsible attitudes and values.