“WATER AND AIR, THE TWO ESSENTIAL FLUIDS ON WHICH ALL LIFE DEPENDS, HAVE BECOME GLOBAL GARBAGE CANS.” — JACQUES COUSTEAU
We want everyone to be aware of the environmental problems our oceans are suffering day by day.
The Blue Oceans movement supports the conservation and sustainable use of aquatic environments, including oceans, seas, coasts, and waterways and their magnificent diversity of plant and animal species.
Here at Mulberry DIvers, we are a SSI Blue Oceans Dive Centre as a sign of our commitment to the conservation and sustainable use of aquatic environments.
We‘re all responsible for protecting our aquatic resources. With the SSI Responsible Diver Code we want to make everyone aware of the environmental problems from the start. We want them to think critically, and take positive action whenever they travel and dive. That’s why the code is displayed in all our digital training materials, as an easy reference any time they read our content.
- Commit to personally protect the environment
- Prevent others from causing damage through positive action and motivation
- Support useful projects and organizations dedicated to marine protection
- If possible, collect garbage on your dives – but only if doing so does not cause more damage to the environment
- If possible, cut hanging ropes and collect floating nets and plastics
- Inform your buddy or the crew on the surface if you were not able to remove the net
- Never eat shark fins, whale meat, turtle eggs, etc.
- Report immediately violations of the ban on the use of marine animals as souvenirs
- Never throw inorganic waste into the sea – Plastics decompose incredibly slowly
- Minimize the production of garbage: Use reusable coffee mugs and lunch boxes, glass or metal bottles and shopping bags
- Do not bring unnecessary packaging to the resort
- Dispose of your waste in as eco-friendly a manner as possible
- If you smoke, dispose of cigarette butts in the proper receptacle, not on the ground or in the water
DEALING WITH THE UNDERWATER WORLD
- Only use a swim-through if you can do so without touching anything
- Don’t swim or snorkel too close to the reef
- Don’t touch or break corals
- Use labeled entrances/exits for the water
- Don’t disturb the sand, since it reduces visibility and smothers corals
- Don’t hunt or bother animals
- Don’t touch animals unless properly trained
- Don’t feed animals
- Don’t take souvenirs from the sea - broken coral pieces or empty snail shells still serve as useful habitat
- Only place a reef hook where it will not damage or disturb the reef
- Do not disturb animals or habitat to improve your photo opportunity
RESPONSIBLE USE OF RESOURCES
- Shower only as long as required to get clean, especially in areas with minimal ability to store/purify water
- Wash your equipment in the provided container, and only when necessary – often it’s enough to clean equipment thoroughly at the end of the dive trip
- Turn off the lights when you aren’t using them
- Use alternative transportation or walk instead of driving
- Avoid unnecessary waste - food plans and shopping lists help save you money, and prevent purchasing unnecessary food that may go to waste
BLUE OCEANS — HALL OF FAME
You successfully organized a beach clean-up? Proudly tag it! You stopped using plastic bottles? Tag it! You motivated others to help protect our oceans? Tag it!
Every action counts, so upload your photo to Instagram or Facebook with #blueoceans or mention@blueoceans and it will automatically appear in Blue Ocean’s Hall of Fame.
Take action today and show that you care!
What is Mulberry Divers doing?
- Over the years, we have organised and participated in many Beach Cleans working alongside the Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group - the next event is in September 2019
- Each time we visit the beach, we try to collect litter; all too esy at the moment.
- Last year we moved away from having single use disposable plastic bottles on the boat
- We now have a separate recycling bin in the dive centre.
- The boat frequently collects balloons, plastic bottles and other waste from the water
- We actively supporta nd work closely with the Marine Conservation Society Seasearch programme - particularly helping gather date on the Selsey Bill and Hounds Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ)
- We've moved to using more appropriate cleaning agents, washing up liquids; the liquid cleaner used in servicing is environmentally friendly.
You can find out more at https://www.divessi.com/en-IC/blue-oceans/