ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS FOR DIVING & SNORKELINGWednesday 5th June 2019
Press release by Green Fins
Photo: Dive Carib
The Reef-World Foundation - the international coordinators of Green Fins is pleased to announce Antigua and Barbuda has become the first English speaking country in the western hemisphere to implement the Green Fins initiative. The country is the 10th government worldwide to officially adopt Green Fins and the second in the Caribbean.
Green Fins is a UN Environment initiative, internationally coordinated by The Reef-World Foundation, which aims to protect and conserve coral reefs through environmentally-friendly guidelines to promote a sustainable diving and snorkelling tourism industry.
The country now has a national team of 2 senior Green Fins Network leaders, 3 Green Fins assessors and 3 dive schools joining the global network of more than 560 trained and assessed Green Fins member dive and snorkel operators. Following a week of training by Reef-World, a national team comprised of the Ministry of Tourism and the Fisheries Division are now certified to recruit, train and conduct assessments of new Green Fins members in the country. This involves providing training about the ecology and threats to coral reefs, simple and local everyday solutions to these threats and Green Fins’ environmental standards to dive and snorkel operators.
Newly qualified Green Fins assessor is Sophia Steele of the Environmental Awareness Group, and one of the dive operators who have already been trained and certified by the Green Fins initiative is Dive Carib.
Read the full article here. For more information please visit www.reef-world.org or www.greenfins.net.
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