A recent study on the economic potential of shark tourism in Spain has found that this type of tourism supports hundreds of jobs and generates more than €17 million to the Canary Islands economy each year. The study was carried out by researchers at the University of La Laguna and the New Economics Foundation. . . . → Read More: Can tourism save sharks or can sharks save tourism?
Last week I attended the responsible travel debate which posed some fascinating questions about wildlife tourism. For me, a big part of the attraction of diving is the marine wildlife I can hope to encounter during the dives. In lots of ways, diving can be construed as wildlife tourism, particularly those trips that offer diving . . . → Read More: Responsible Travel Debate: Is wildlife tourism becoming an endangered species?
Today all over the globe groups will be collecting rubbish from dive sites and coastal areas, as the world’s largest volunteer effort for the marine environment kicks into action. This annual event was initiated 25 years ago by The Ocean Conservancy and is supported by Project Aware. It engages people to remove rubbish from the . . . → Read More: International Clean Up Day 25th September 2010
Last week I went to the monthly British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSOUP) meeting. We heard from Alex Mustard, one of the UK’s top underwater photographers. He told us about a recent group trip to Hanifaru lagoon in the Maldives. The nutrient rich waters of the area support huge quantities of marine life and . . . → Read More: The mantas of Hanifaru lagoon in the Maldives
There’s a lot going on at the dive hub as the website continues to grow and more and more divers from all over the world are taking a look.
Facebook: there is a new dive hub facebook fanpage which will update users when a new dive hub blog is posted, as well as featuring . . . → Read More: Update from the dive hub
Collaboration between NGOs, local groups and dive operators can be a really effective way to take action towards more responsible dive tourism. A great example of this is a recent project between HEPCA (Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association) and several dive operators in El Quseir. This area of the Red Sea, approximately 140km south of Hurghada, has . . . → Read More: More moorings protect El Quseir reefs
At the end of a dive trip there is often some time to be spent ‘drying out‘ or degassing. I suspect that this time may represent a missed opportunity to add something really unique to the dive experience and to give local people a chance to become involved in dive tourism to the area.
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What is one of the first considerations when divers are choosing their next trip? Cost must be up there but what about the types of marine species that you are likely to encounter? As a diver, some of my most memorable dives and favourite destinations are those where I encountered sharks or rays. Sadly, the . . . → Read More: Shark sanctuary planned for Raja Ampat
Taking steps to improve local water quality can help coral reefs cope with the global problems of climate change and warming ocean temperatures. Researchers from the Florida Institute of technology studied reefs across the Florida Keys throughout three periods of coral bleaching – (when increased sea temperatures cause algae to leave their coral hosts, . . . → Read More: Cleaner water helps reefs stay healthy