BALI DIVE SITE CONSERVATION
At 2REP Divers Bali, we are committed to the preservation of the underwater environment and the conservation of marine life. As professional divers, we recognize that we are guests in the water and a guest should always conduct him or her self in a respectful manner. This is why, when a new employee comes on board, they are given a Bali Dive Site Conservation briefing regardless of their diving experience, position and history. This ensures that all of our employees are on the same page and helps us do our part to conserve the underwater world for future generations. In the very unlikely event you see any of our employees intentionally manhandling, disturbing or even destroying any form of marine life, please let us know on [email protected] or by calling the office. All reports will be treated with the strictest confidence.
The following tips are taken from PADI’s Project Aware website, visit their website here to learn more about the fantastic work they do.
- Be a Buoyancy Expert
Underwater plants and animals are more fragile than they appear. The swipe of a fin, bump of your camera or even a touch can destroy decades of coral growth, damage a plant or harm an animal. Streamline your scuba and photo gear, keep your dive skills sharp, perfect your underwater photo techniques and continue your dive training to fine-tune your skills. Always be aware of your body, dive gear and photo equipment to avoid contact with the natural environment.
- Be a Role Model
New scuba divers are being trained and certified every day. Regardless of your experience level, be sure to set a good example for others when interacting with the environment â while underwater and on land.
- Take Only Photos – Leave Only Bubbles
Nearly everything natural found underwater is alive or will be used by a living creature. If you take a coral, shell or animal, you can disturb the delicate balance and add to the depletion of dive sites for future generations.
- Protect Underwater Life
Choose not to touch, feed, handle, chase or ride anything underwater. Your actions may stress the animal, interrupt feeding and mating behavior or provoke aggressive behavior. Understand and respect underwater life and follow all local laws and regulations.
- Become a Debris Activist
An astonishing amount of waste makes its way underwater, reaching even the most remote ocean areas. Once there, it kills wildlife, destroys habitats and threatens our health and economy. Donât let your dives go to waste. Remove and report what doesnât belong underwater every time you dive. Make a conscious effort to buy green, buy local and, when possible, buy less.
- Make Responsible Seafood Choices
Overfishing leads to species declines while harmful fishing practices damage and pollute underwater ecosystems. You play a critical role as a consumer. If seafood is part of your meal selection, ensure youâre choosing sustainably sourced species and encourage others, including restaurants and shop owners, to do the same.
- Take Action
Scuba divers are some of the strongest ocean advocates on the planet. Now, more than ever, divers like you are taking a stand. Speak out for conservation, share your underwater images, report environmental damage to authorities and campaign for change.
- Be an Eco-tourist
Make informed decisions when choosing and visiting a destination. Choose facilities dedicated to responsible social and environmental business practices that include water conservation, energy reduction, proper waste disposal, use of mooring buoys and respect for local cultures, laws and regulations.
- Shrink Your Carbon Footprint
Global warming and ocean acidification are putting your favorite animals and the whole ocean planet at risk. Do your part by understanding and reducing your carbon footprint and look for ways to offset what you canât reduce.
- Give Back
Ocean protection depends on all of our actions, large and small. Investing in the ocean protects our planet and lets the dive adventure live on. Donate or fundraise for ocean protection to fuel the grassroots action and policy change necessary to ensure a clean, healthy ocean planet.
Thank you for giving the ocean planet the protections it deserves!
Also consider making a small donation to Sea Shepherd Conservation International to help them continue their struggle against illegal fishing and cruel and barbaric practices in the legal fishing industry. To help visit here