Environmentally Responsible Diving and Snorkelling
“To protect and conserve coral reefs by establishing and implementing environmentally friendly guidelines to promote a sustainable diving and snorkeling tourism industry” - Green Fins Network
Using Green Fins as a tool to guide and support best practices within the scuba industry, our organization is working towards creating a more eco-friendly diving community and aiming to reduce our own impact. Therefore, in 2018 we embraced the Green Fins philosophy for our Caribbean destinations; the Caribbean Explorer II and Turks & Caicos Explorer II. The islands frequented by these vessels include St Maarten, Saba, St Kitts & Nevis, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Dominican Republic.
What is Green Fins?
Green Fins was initiated by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) under the Regional Seas program. It was started as part of the effort to increase public awareness and management practices that will benefit the conservation of coral reefs and reduce unsustainable tourism practices. It is overseen by the Coral Reef Unit of UNEP based in Bangkok in collaboration with UK charity The Reef-World Foundation.
Green Fins is a comprehensive sustainability approach that encourages dive centers and snorkel operators, local communities and governments to work together to reduce their environmental impacts. This is primarily done through the private sector adopting a Code of Conduct that will help mitigate their impacts when carrying out marine tourism activities.
The Code of Conduct consists of 15 points, which target environmental threats posed by the tourism industry, both underwater and on land. Green Fins members receive the training and the tools to promote environmental education and awareness, tapping into the tourists and the diving community, which is shifting more and more towards eco-friendly initiatives as a result of the demand from the consumer.
Green Fins dives even deeper as it creates a network through which dive centers, local and national governments and communities who work together to tackle local environmental threats to protect livelihoods and food security.
Green Fins ethos of diving is a system built on measurable progress and collaboration among stakeholders.
Where is Green Fins?
Encompassing 500+ members across 50 countries, Green Fins is an ever-expanding initiative. There is a rapidly growing network of dive operators all over the world who are involved in the project.
Green Fins is managed in each country by a National Management Team made up of governmental bodies and often supported by national NGO's. These teams are trained and supported by the International Coordinators of the project, The Reef-World Foundation whose role is to focus on expanding the project to additional member countries in the region and to strengthen the existing network through capacity development.
The National Management Teams are responsible for expanding Green Fins in their respective countries and to produce educational and public awareness materials while promoting the successes of the approach. Local Management Teams are often used as a way to better manage the members in a particular tourist ‘hotspot’ who take their direction from the National Management Team and the International Coordinators.
Green Fins Codes of Conduct
Explorer Ventures Caribbean vessels have pledged to practice the Green Fins guidelines, and follow the 7 Codes of Conduct. In addition, we also ask our customers to join in by following these simple diving tips while onboard.
“It’s our responsibility to make a difference!”
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