[Coral-List] NGOs, Corals and Dive Industry

Mauritius Bell mvbell at hawaii.edu
Wed Nov 20 16:15:39 EST 2013


Mauritius Valente Bell
Unit Diving Coordinator
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-----Original Message-----
From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Ed Blume
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 9:19 AM
To: Steve Mussman
Cc: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] NGOs, Corals and Dive Industry

Do any dive shops anyplace in the world promote themselves as "green?"
The travel industry has green travel certifications, but I've never seen
anything like that for the dive industry.

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

On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM, Steve Mussman <sealab at earthlink.net>

>    This pertinent question was raised off-list: Can't the diving
>    acknowledge the problems and speak out
>    on the need for action without someone requiring them to pony up
>    That was exactly the point I was attempting to make. What we are
> looking for
>    from industry leaders is not funding, but acknowledgement,
> leadership and
>    guidance. In fact, there suddenly seems to be a groundswell of
> support for
>    proactive engagement derived from divers and business leaders who
>    studied  and understand the issues at hand. At least those who are
>    predisposed  to reject  scientifically-based findings because they
>    contradict  some  core beliefs. The way that the diving industry
>    provides mystifying powers of persuasion to certification agencies
> (and DEMA
>    directors). The average diver follows their edicts with something
> akin to
>    religious fervor. If divers can simply be encouraged to follow the
> science
>    rather than rhetoric designed specifically to discredit conclusions
> based on
>    methodical   studies,   we   might   be   able  to  make  progress
>    implementing actions designed to mitigate the blighting impacts
> currently
>    anticipated.
>    Steve
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