Sustainable diving: UN advice and examples to follow

Spearfishing can be practiced respecting the marine system: the guidelines of the United Nations and what we can do concretely

Sustainable diving: a woman who practices diving
A woman diving (Photo: iStockPhotos)

Le diving can they be sustainable? The answer is yes, how reveals the UN with the advice included in the Environment Program for the defense and protection of the coral reef. On the other hand, underwater fishing represents an extraordinary experience and a unique opportunity to discover the world of sea, but, if it is not carried out following a few rules, it can prove dangerous for the delicate ecosystem.

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Sustainable diving: The seabed and its wonders
The seabed and its wonders (Photo: iStockPhotos)

The impact of near-shore diving on the marine ecosystem

In fact, diving can have a very strong impact on life sea ​​life and especially on the coral reef. Suffice it to say that, according to some estimates, about 88 percent of divers have had a harmful approach to diving, hitting corals with their fins or carrying out dangerous anchoring operations. Not to mention the intensive fishing and the release of plastic waste, which increasingly puts the survival of the community at risk barrier Reef.

If done right, however, spearfishing, like ecotourism, can have a positive social, economic and environmental impact. This was revealed by the Reef-World Foundation, which is leading the project Green Fins Initiative of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The aim is to protect the coral reef through some ecological guidelines.

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Sustainable diving: The seabed and its wonders
The seabed and its wonders (Photo: iStockPhotos)

The UN recommendations for sustainable underwater fishing

What are the recommendations of the Reef World Foundation for scuba diving? The first is to travel responsibly, choosing destinations that are close to home and that allow you to reduce the CO2 production. Of course, the temptation to fly to the other side of the world to discover underwater worlds is strong at times, but there are many sites where you can practice spearfishing that can help reduce the environmental impact of travel.

The increase in sea temperature represents an imminent danger for the coral reef, for this very reason it is essential to actively engage in reducing the production of carbon dioxide, starting with small gestures like this. Therefore, it is better to choose destinations close to home, use the train or the bus and avoid stopovers.

Another important aspect concerns the choice of sustainable operators. We are talking about companies and companies that have long been committed to reducing theenvironmental impact. As? By imposing an environmental code of conduct that provides for a no-touch policy at sea, the use of mooring buoys instead of anchors and the choice not to get too close to the seabed to avoid accidents.

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Sustainable diving: A boat in the ocean
A boat in the ocean (Photo: iStockPhotos)

Less plastic around and more attention to sunscreens

Among the essential recommendations of the UN there is also that of reducing the consumption of plastic bags single use. During the outings of spearfishing, for example, the use of water bottles and plastic bags could be avoided. Choosing products that are recyclable and not disposable. An intelligent choice that also concerns sunscreens. In fact, few know it, but these products can prove lethal for corals.

In fact, in the formulations of some sunscreens there are chemical products such as Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, which cause a discoloration of the coral reef. It is no coincidence that some popular destinations, such as Aruba or Hawaii, have enacted laws that prohibit the use of some dangerous cosmetics for marine ecosystems.

An optimal solution may be to use protective clothing. During spearfishing they are perfect allies because they protect against sun damage and, unlike sunscreens, they don't need to be reapplied. They are therefore an excellent option that does not compromise the ecosystem of the sea and protects those who practice diving.

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The code of conduct developed for the sea by "Green Fins" (in English)

Sustainable diving: school of fish in the sea
School of fish in the sea (Photo: iStockPhotos)