March, 2017

Are You A Water Waster?

By on 22 March 2017

It’s World Water Day, and this year’s theme focuses on wastewater. Time to take a good look at our water habits. I like to think that I’m not a water waster. I turn off the tap when I brush my teeth, I don’t take super long showers. I grew up during a big drought in California, so […]

Green Fins logo and image still from Green Fins new how-to video: Pre-Dive Environmental Briefings

New Green Fins Video Helps Divers and Operators

By on 17 March 2017

Sustainable diving gurus Green Fins released this how-to video promoting environmental pre-dive briefings. The first of a nine-part series, Green Fins‘ new video is a great tool to help dive and snorkel operators and guides build sustainability into their business practices. By highlighting the most important points of a good environmental briefing (no touching animals […]

Two Caribbean reef sharks swim peacefully through deep blue water.

A Chance to Shut Down Shark Fin Trade in U.S.

By on 15 March 2017

The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2017 would ban all buying, selling, and possession of shark fins in the United States. Last week, U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (California) and Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Northern Mariana Islands) introduced the Shark Fins Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 1456) to the 115th Congress. The aim of the bill is […]

A diver explores underwater in the sunlit shallows

PADI, With A Higher Purpose

By on 7 March 2017

PADI’s Four Pillars for Change encourage divers to aspire to a greater purpose. As a PADI Instructor, I’m very pleased and excited to see the organization expanding its focus it include greater ocean issues. At the 2016 DEMA Show, PADI’s event featured their new Four Pillars for Change concept, and they’ve recently brought it to […]

Whale shark with Manta Trust, Project Aware, and WWF logos

Responsible Shark & Ray Tourism Guide Released

By on 3 March 2017

The guide, Responsible Shark & Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice, is a new collaborative effort from The Manta Trust, PADI’s Project Aware, and WWF. Even as shark and ray populations are facing serious threats, mostly due to overfishing, shark- and ray-interaction tourism is increasing around the world. this guide aims to help operators, NGO’s, and […]