COVID-19 UPDATE:

Some Green Fins members have not been able to go through their annual assessment process due to the pandemic. An inactive status does not mean they are not operational or that they are not following environmental standards. Please contact members directly to see if they are open for business. The Green Fins teams will be doing all they can to reassess members in their respective countries as soon as it is possible and safe to do so.

For more on protecting the environment please see, COVID-19 resources →

Melissa Hobson

Photo of the virtual PADI Torchbearer interview taking place. Sam is on the left in front of the Green Fins flag. Emma is on the right in her home office.

PADI Torchbearer Interview with Reef-World’s Samantha Craven

We were delighted that our Programmes Manager, Sam, recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by PADI’s Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist Emma Daffurn for the PADI Torchbearer group on Facebook. It was such an insightful discussion we wanted to share it with our network too. So without further ado, brew a cuppa and enjoy some … Read more

The Sustainability Interview: Bubbles Dive Centre

The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins – recently announced there was not one but three winners of the Green Fins Award 2020: Bubbles Dive Centre, Pulau Perhentian, Flora Bay Divers and Tioman Dive Centre. This Sustainability Interview series helps dive and snorkel operators learn about improvements they … Read more

Picture of people on a beach.

Demonstrating Marine Conservation Success in the “Village of Coral” – Okinawa, Japan, December 2019

This December, Chloe and I visited Onna Village in Okinawa. Globally renowned for its marine sports, Onna Village recognises its coral reefs as the treasure of the island and has been working to protect them for many years. Despite this, the island’s corals are dying because of the effects of global warming and the village has recognised the need to do more to prevent further damage… and they’re already well underway with their efforts.

Picture of Reef World team with Green Fins assessors

Developing sustainable tourism practices in Ambon, Indonesia, October 2019

While still a lesser known dive destination – there are only a handful of dive shops in the area – awareness of Ambon among divers is steadily growing. For this reason, Green Fins implementation is key while this relatively “young” dive destination is still developing. By reaching the Ambon dive industry before it gets too big, the Green Fins Indonesia team can set the bar for environmental standards and make sustainable diving practices the norm in the area.