Project AWARE: Top 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean

Posted on February 25th 2014

PROJECT AWARE has revamped its Ten 10 countdown to encourage divers to do their bit to protect the oceans.

The 10 Tips concept is designed to be a code of conduct for scuba divers to safely interact and protect the underwater environment.

And it is hoped it will become an ethic for all scuba divers to live by, whatever their training background. Just as climbers and campers have a code, so should millions of certified divers around the world.
The obvious inclusions in the code are about mastering buoyancy, exhibiting role model behaviour and the no-touch philosophy.
My favourite though is Make Sensible 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 you’re choosing sustainably sourced species and encourage others, including restaurants and shop owners, to do the same.
“Small conscientious acts for conservation, multiplied by many like-minded people, can add up to something big,” said Alex Earl, Executive Director for Project AWARE.
“The ocean faces ever-increasing threats today. Project AWARE’s 10 Tips focuses on top ocean issues globally where divers can specifically make a difference.”

Incorporated into PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) training courses and materials, Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet will reach millions, from professional to recreational level scuba divers.

I'll have a look at a few of the tips in-depth in the coming weeks.  

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