Playas del Coco

Costa Rica First Country in Continental Americas to Implement Green Fins Environmental Standards

Helping the country to achieve the national biodiversity targets The Reef-World Foundation, the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) and Misión Tiburón are delighted to announce that Costa Rica has joined 13 other countries globally to implement the Green Fins initiative — a UN Environment Programme initiative. Costa Rica is the first country on the  … Read more

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Green Fins Code of Conduct: Marine Souvenirs

“Prohibit the sale or display of corals, shells and other marine life souvenirs.” To many of your divers, marine souvenirs – whether picked out of the sand or purchased in a shop – are a harmless reminder of the places they’ve visited, above and below the surface. Career divers on the other hand are often … Read more

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Reef-World Launches Green Fins Environmental Best Practice for Underwater Photographers Poster

New guidelines for underwater photographers The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – has launched the newly updated Green Fins Environmental Best Practice for Underwater Photographers poster with new guidelines. These guidelines help dive and snorkel operators encourage their guests to follow environmental best practices while taking … Read more

Dahab, a Small Town with a Priceless Underwater Treasure

The Dahab diving community is on a mission to protect its area of the Red Sea.  The good news is that the marine conservation movement is growing, with more and more people becoming aware of the urgency to protect our marine ecosystems. The not so good news is that there is still a long way … Read more

A Dive Pro’s Guide To Sunscreen & Coral Reefs

We’ve all heard it before: Sunscreen is no good for coral reefs. But when the sun is shining and your divers are understandably wanting to protect their skin, is it even possible to keep yourself, your divers and your office safe and healthy at the same time?  The good news is you can help your guests to be sun … Read more

Reef-World Launches Green Fins Crown-of-Thorns Sea Star Cleanup Guidelines

New guidance helping marine tourism operators conduct Crown-of-Thorns sea star (COTS) cleanups in an environmentally friendly way The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – has launched new guidelines to help dive and snorkel operators assess when to conduct Crown-of-Thorns sea star (COTS) cleanups and how to … Read more

Scuba Divers Can Now Become Environmentally Certified Through Green Fins

Improving environmental standards is critical because 70% of divers contact the reef while diving and 36% are unaware of doing so The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of Green Fins – is pleased to announce the launch of the new Green Fins Diver e-Course. This new online course is designed to help recreational divers … Read more

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet

The last year has shown us how vulnerable the diving industry is to uncertainty and that sustainability is the key to resilience.   Covid-19 has changed travel, brought new economic challenges, and added more rapidly increasing threats to the environment. The pandemic has proven that the health of our planet is unquestionably connected to our way … Read more