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The divers in the #TOPSeychellesTeam can’t wait for next Sunday’s dive clean-ups! 🌊🐠🐋 That’s right, did you hear? Because so many of you wanted to join, we now have 2 boats heading out!
So here are 5 tips from our project managers, @archilmondon & @charlenealbertsey on how to be an environmentally conscious diver:
1️⃣ Practice good buoyancy: good positioning in the water means reducing the risk of accidentally damaging the reef.
2️⃣ Look, don’t touch! ❌🐢🐚 Don’t grab animals, don’t hold them for photo ops, don’t go for rides on dolphins or turtles, and don’t collect anything to take back with you e.g. coral, rocks or shells - unless it’s trash!
3️⃣ Pick up trash (obviously!) and watch your waste 🌬🚯: Cigarette butts, candy wrappers, plastic bottles, etc, can easily blow off dive boats.
4️⃣ Use reef-friendly sunscreen: the common sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone has been shown to kill coral, as well as cause coral bleaching. There are a number of less-damaging sunscreens on the market that don’t contain oxybenzone; by choosing one, you can protect both your skin and the reef.
5️⃣ Don’t feed the fish ❌🐠: this may seem harmless on the surface, but it can have serious ecological implications. Fish may become reliant and forgo their natural food source, throwing the finely balanced food web out of whack!
Happy diving! 💙
#theoceanprojectseychelles at Seychelles