Dos and Don’ts

Asian Diver (English) - - News - By: Joseph Tep­per

In light of the in­creas­ingly press­ing threats the ocean is fac­ing to­day, divers are want­ing more from their va­ca­tion than just pam­per­ing. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in ci­ti­zen sci­ence projects such as reef sur­veys, plas­tic pol­lu­tion cleanups, or fish ID pho­tog­ra­phy is be­com­ing a pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity among al­tru­is­tic divers, and it is cer­tainly a good thing to do, if done prop­erly. If you wish to make a tan­gi­ble, pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact on your next dive va­ca­tion, here are some dos and don’ts for “vol­un­tourism”

IMAGES: Joseph Tep­per

TOP LEFT: A train of man­tas en­gage in a rare mat­ing dis­play ob­served dur­ing a vol­un­tourism itin­er­ary TOP RIGHT: In­ter­act­ing with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties pro­vides a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on marine con­ser­va­tion ABOVE LEFT: A vol­un­teer ex­am­ines plas­tic pol­lu­tion as part of a dive trip geared to­ward ci­ti­zen sci­ence ABOVE RIGHT: Marine Me­gafauna Foun­da­tion’s El­itza Ger­manov stud­ies the im­pact of mi­croplas­tics onan­i­mals such as rays, whale sharks, and tur­tles

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