[Coral-List] Dive marshalls

Martina Milanese m.milanese at studioassociatogaia.com
Fri Jan 25 13:31:32 EST 2013

Hi Julie, the place may be Turtle Beach, just on the corner of Marsa Bareka,
i.e. The large bay at the beginning of the Ras Mohammed NP (coming from
I agree on all that you say - I was working there...


On 25/01/13 14.15, "Julie Hawkins" <julie.hawkins at york.ac.uk> wrote:

> Hi Julian
> I snorkelled in such a place in Egypt  a couple of years ago (but
> others were diving there). I can't remember the name of the place for
> sure but it was something like Turtle Bay and it was reasonably close
> to Marsa Elam in Southern Egypt. It was a so called protected area and
> you had to pay a very small sum to get to the site. It could have been
> as little as 1 Egyptian pound (~ 25 cents). The area of interest to
> most people was a seagrass bed which contained several turtles and
> there was a guard (or might have been more) in the water trying to
> stop people from diving down to hold on to the turtles. Sadly he was
> completely unable to manage the appalling behaviour of the many who
> were trying (and succeeding) in grabbing these poor turtles.
> As an aside when I investigated the reef adjacent to this seagrass
> area I found as expected horrific levels of coral damage near to the
> edges. However on venturing just a few a bit further away the damage
> swiftly disappeared and I encountered some of the most spectacular
> shallow water reef I have ever seen in the Red Sea. It revealed all
> you need to know about the damage that divers and snorkellors can do.
> Cheers
> Julie
> On 25 January 2013 05:28, Julian @ Reef Check <julian at reefcheck.org.my> wrote:
>> Esteemed colleagues
>> I acknowledge that this is not a scientific coral enquiry, but I think list
>> readers probably cover most diving locations around the world, so can
>> perhaps help.
>> I am doing some research on the issue of dive site management. Does anyone
>> know of any MPA that is a popular dive site at which the management regime
>> includes dive marshals whose role it is to follow dive groups and monitor
>> their activities, and who have the authority to insist divers leave the
>> water for not "obeying" site rules (eg., touching coral reef with fins or
>> fingers, interfering with marine life)?
>> Any information gratefully received.
>> Regards
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