[Coral-List] NGOs, Corals and Dive Industry

Ed Blume eblume2702 at gmail.com
Sun Nov 24 16:58:02 EST 2013

Is a policy or bill pending that DEMA opposes or should support?  Rather
than try to make broad changes in DEMA policy statements or general
behavior, could divers be mobilized to influence passage or defeat of a
particular piece of policy?  If divers can show that they have policy
power, DEMA may pay more attention to them.

Ed Blume
Energy Consulting Network <http://energyconsultingnetwork.com>

On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM, Steve Mussman <sealab at earthlink.net>wrote:

>    Dear Gene,
>    This  thread  which  your  remarks helped to prolong is not so much an
>    indictment of DEMA as it is a call
>    for the organization that speaks for the diving industry to re-evaluate
> it's
>    platform and approach to the broad
>    array of issues affecting coral reefs and other marine ecosystems. It is
>    understandable that representatives
>    of this industry's international marketing organization would focus on
>    promoting and growing successful
>    consumer-oriented businesses. But part of their mandate is to represent
> all
>    of their constituent groups and
>    that includes a growing number of divers and diving-related businesses
> who
>    value and prioritize conservation and
>    sustainability. DEMA's mission statement is quite clear in describing
> it's
>    central objective:To promote sustainable
>    growth in safe recreational diving and snorkeling while protecting the
>    underwater environment. We don't want
>    equipment  manufacturers, resorts and dive shops to be concerned about
>    "looking green". We want them to explore
>    new ways of ensuring sustainable growth for both their business models
> and
>    the marine ecosystems on which
>    their enterprises depend. These goals are not mutually exclusive and
> many
>    believe they deserve more equitable
>    and balanced consideration. I would go as far as to suggest that of
> DEMA's
>    five main goals the one that claims
>    it  is among their objectives "to conserve and protect natural aquatic
>    resources" has been consigned to a position
>    of relative obscurity. I would further assert that until we become more
>    conscientious stewards of the blue by restoring
>    the ocean's rightful position at the table, it will be with considerable
>    irony that the desirable and appropriate
>    aspirations relating to business success will prove increasingly
> difficult
>    for members of our industry to attain.
>    Warm regards,
>    Steve
>    No Coral, No Ecosystem, No Dive Industry
>    -----Original Message-----
>    >From: Eugene Shinn
>    >Sent: Nov 22, 2013 12:57 PM
>    >To: "coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov"
>    >Subject: [Coral-List] NGOs, Corals and Dive Industry
>    >
>    >I am a little surprise that this anti DEMA thread has lasted this long.
>    >Does not DEMA represent the diving equipment manufacturers? Is selling
>    >more equipment in their best interests? Is it not likely that this bill
>    >everyone is citing might lead to closing more areas to diving? And,
>    >might this action lead to less equipment sales? I suspect most of you
>    >have heard that part of the reef problem (other than the usual
> suspects)
>    >is divers 1) touching coral, 2) divers urinating, 3) sunscreen causing
>    >bleaching, 4) divers turning over corals in search of lobster etc. etc.
>    >Those could be cited as reasons to close diving in certain areas. One
>    >can envision the leaders of these companies sitting around pondering
> how
>    >to look green and at the same time keep selling the latest model
>    >regulators etc. Just be careful about what you wish for. You just might
>    >eventually be hearing something like, "If you like your old dive
>    >equipment you can keep it." Gene
>    >
>    >--
>    >
>    >
>    >No Rocks, No Water, No Ecosystem (EAS)
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