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Green Fins Friendly Snorkeling Guidelines
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) agency coordinates environmental issues and activities. They assist and implement environmental policies and practices of developing countries. It also includes the Green Fins friendly snorkeling guidelines.
This section explains how - and why - you should follow simple environmentally-friendly guidelines and become a 'Green Fins Snorkeler'.
Green Fins Snorkeling Best Practices
Please follow these simple guidelines and be a Green Fins Snorkeler.
Begin with Yourself
- Support coral conservation by choosing a resort with care, and be a green consumer with your money.
- Choose dive operations that are environmentally-friendly. Thus, go with those displaying the Green Fins Certificate.
- Choose environmentally-conscious hotels and dive resorts.
- Practice your snorkeling skills away from coral reef areas.
- Make sure your snorkeling gear and accessories fit properly because it may be difficult to adjust it in the water.
- Adopt environmentally-friendly practices.
- Wear a good quality snorkeling flotation vest if you feel uncertain about your swimming ability in the water (e.g. a non-swimmer).
On the Boat
- Choose dive operators that make use of available moorings because anchors can destroy fragile marine life.
- Prevent the introduction of garbage, solid waste, and toxic substances into marine environments. Ensure all garbage is well stowed and disposed of responsibly.
Green Fins Snorkeling Guidelines
When in the Water
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) agency coordinates environmental issues and activities.
- Do not touch, stand or rest on corals and other marine life even when wearing gloves or booties. Some animals are very delicate and you may cause them harm or they may harm you.
- Maintain a comfortable distance from the reefs to avoid contact and be careful where you enter and exit the water to avoid damaging corals.
- Be aware of where you place your swim fins and do not stir up sediments or damage the delicate coral life.
- Do not chase, harass, ride on, feed, or handle marine life.
- Take nothing alive or dead out of the water.
- Look but do not touch.
When taking Pictures and Video
After You get Back on Land
Do not purchase souvenirs made from corals and other marine life. It is often illegal and environmentally-unfriendly. Instead, you can help to support conservation projects by:
- Paying user fees for recognised programs and areas that support marine environmental activities.
- Filling in wildlife sighting forms when available.
- Volunteering your skills in beach cleanups and other marine environmental activities.
What Else Can Snorkelers Do to Help?
- Learn about coral reefs and marine animals that live in the underwater world.
- Spread the word, use the snorkeling buddy system, and tell your buddies about these simple but important conservation practices.
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