[Coral-List] How to "green" the dive?

Philip Baker chomz2 at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 11 07:23:56 EDT 2015

Greetings Alice,

First I would like to thank you for providing a positive information platform to bring ecological concerns and ideas to divers who wish to keep their impact on the environment to a minimum.  

To speak from the limited experience I have in diving in Asia Pacific, I found that most important is finding a dive shop/resort that is rooted in ecological preservation.  Individual divers have limited impact on their own, but responsible companies can influence larger populations, both through education and diving only in appropriate areas.  

While living in the Philippines studying shark behavior, I had the opportunity to meet many dive organizations, not all of which were Eco-friendly.   One dive shop, Sierra Madre, located on Alona Beach, really exceeded in providing divers with education on proper diving etiquette.  They are located on the island of Panglao, just off of the island of Bohol.  You can find them in Facebook, if you would like to contact them.  

I hope this helps.  

Best Regards, 

Philip Baker

> On Mar 4, 2015, at 5:04 AM, Alice Grainger <alicetgrainger at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Coral Listers,
> I am the editor of *Scuba Diver AUSTRALASIA* magazine, based out of
> Singapore.
> I'd like to put together an "Eco Diving" issue for Asia Pacific and thought
> I would go to the best source of responsible diving knowledge - you!
> I want to be sure I am giving our readers the best information possible
> about creating eco conscious dive holidays.
> Some questions for the experts:
>   - What do you think the most important considerations for eco-conscious
>   divers should be? Transport, equipment, destination, food and accommodation?
>   - What do you think is the most important thing that divers should know
>   or do to help protect coral reefs?
>   - Are there any resorts or dive centres in Asia Pacific that you know
>   about that exemplify eco diving practices?
>   - Is there anything else you think it is important to share with Asia's
>   divers about eco conscious diving and dive holidays?
> Looking forward to learning from the best!
> Best
> Alice
> Editor | *Scuba Diver OCEAN PLANET* | *Scuba Diver AUSTRALASIA*
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