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 →

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Alternatives to anchoring

Did you know that even the most careful drop of an anchor can cause devastation to coral reefs and other marine environments? Yet, anchor damage to coral colonies is a problem all over the world. The good news? Damage caused by anchoring can be easily avoided! By following best practice guidance and using alternatives to anchoring … Read more

Barrel Sponge in Verde Island coral reef

“Evolutionary marvels”

The Reef-World team shares why coral reefs are so special Did you know coral reefs take up less than one percent of the ocean floor but support a QUARTER of all marine life? As divers and dive professionals, you’ll probably be well aware that coral reefs provide food, livelihoods, economic security and cultural heritage for … Read more

Reef-World's Chloe Harvey about to jump off the boat into the ocean to go diving in Egypt

Green Fins Egypt: the story so far

In each country, Reef-World and the UN Environment Programme are proud to oversee Green Fins implementation with support from in-destination partners. As you may know if you’ve been reading this series, each active country has its own unique journey and challenges. We’ve already heard about some of the longer-standing Green Fins destinations. Now, it’s time … Read more

Dive centre managers and owners sitting around a table learning about Green Fins

10 Japanese dive centres receive Green Fins training

In 2019, the Reef-World team visited Onna Village, Okinawa. During the trip they conducted a scoping trip and met with the people who will make up the Green Fins national team. This included representatives from Onna Village local government, Onna Village Diving Association, Oceana and Japan Association for UNEP as well as Onna Village’s Mayor. … Read more

DIVE GUIDES CALLED TO APPLY FOR THE GREEN FINS DIVE GUIDE SCHOLARSHIP

Reef-World’s campaign is helping dive guides in need receive Green Fins environmental certification The Reef-World Foundation – international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – is calling for dive guides to submit their application for the Andrea Leeman Green Fins Dive Guide Scholarship. As a result of the Scholarship campaign, dive guides … Read more

How to make your own eco-friendly cleaning products

Eco-friendly cleaning tips for diving and snorkelling Just like us, marine life and corals need a healthy balance of nutrients, oxygen and clean water to survive. When this delicate balance is tipped, it can spell bad news for our coral reefs. We’re all working hard to reduce our consumption of single-use plastics and replace chemical … Read more

GREEN FINS MATERIALS NOW AVAILABLE IN ARABIC AND JAPANESE

The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of Green Fins – along with the Chamber of Diving & Watersports (CDWS) and the SDGs Promotion Secretariat (Onna Village Office in Okinawa) are pleased to announce Arabic and Japanese-speaking dive and snorkel operators can now benefit from environmental resources in their first language. The newly translated Green … Read more