ADEX Post-Re­port

Hav­ing brought divers to­gether for 24 years, ADEX has be­come more than a dive show, spear­head­ing Asia’s fight for the ocean

Scuba Diver Australasia + Ocean Planet - - Contents - By the ADEX Team

The Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) has be­come a fa­mil­iar name to many dive en­thu­si­asts around the world.

Run for the past nine years by the Un­der­wa­ter360 group (UW360), ADEX 2018 broke at­ten­dance records yet again, with 62,079 vis­i­tors over the three days.

The big­gest and long­est-run­ning dive expo in Asia is, un­sur­pris­ingly, a manda­tory event for the most avid divers.

The dive expo serves as one of the best plat­forms for divers to catch up and share their lat­est dive ex­ploits, but more im­por­tantly, it pro­vides a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for ocean lovers to learn about how they can best pro­tect the ocean and its species.

Ad­di­tion­ally, ADEX is a plat­form for busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions – dive op­er­a­tors, equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers, and na­tional tourism boards – to spread the mes­sage of re­spon­si­ble stew­ard­ship of the ocean.

SHARK CON­SER­VA­TION AND ED­U­CA­TION

Ev­ery year, the show is ded­i­cated to an iconic ma­rine species or con­ser­va­tion is­sue, with the show’s events de­signed to heighten con­ser­va­tion aware­ness about the cho­sen species or topic. This year, ADEX re­turned to its roots by ded­i­cat­ing 2018 to sharks – the very first ma­rine crea­ture ADEX was ded­i­cated to back in 2010.

Pre­sen­ta­tions fo­cus­ing on these mag­nif­i­cent an­i­mals were shared by a host of renowned speak­ers, ed­u­cat­ing vis­i­tors about sharks’ roles in the ma­rine ecosys­tem, the value of shark tourism, and how ev­ery­one can play a part in en­sur­ing the long-term pro­tec­tion of these species.

Our most pow­er­ful tool against ex­tinc­tion is ed­u­ca­tion – en­cour­ag­ing each suc­ces­sive gen­er­a­tion to love the ocean and cre­ate far-reach­ing waves of change is what ADEX as­pires to achieve.

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