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As divers and the lovers of the ocean, we want to keep the ocean as it should: clean and plastic-free. We know how harmful and destructive plastics are to the marine environment. However, have you ever thought about your impact to the marine environment when you...

Surprisingly, PADI divers are one of the sharks’ best friends in the ocean, and not in the tasty snack wrapped in neoprene kind of way. PADI has teamed up with Project AWARE to alert the world of the tragedy of shark finning.Finning is the act...

Extinction is NOT an option.

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A week ago, I was leading our Divemaster interns back from a dive off Sanur channel, just as we jumped off the small boat and onto land, we all stopped in mid-sentence -  next to our feet laid 8 lifeless baby sharks. A cruel sight, but this is the sad and unspoken reality in Indonesia. Waters around Nusa Penida are fully exploited, it's a fisherman's livelihood,  and it also doesn't help these apex predators one bit with the media frenzy surrounding shark attacks. Is there anything you and I can do to stop this?

Despite efforts of world leaders, scuba divers and activists, Indonesia still does not have a functioning legislation in place to protect sharks.

Shark meat is surprisingly tasteless and only has low value; Fins are sold for a mere USD 30 per set and end up as shark’s fin soup – which is heavily laden with spices and mercury! Although it isn’t much value to us (and in some ways harmful), It is a decent week’s salary for a local fisherman.

Alarming numbers show that the majority of the landings consist of pregnant Thresher sharks; once thriving in Balinese waters - it is now listed as “vulnerable” by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Divers & ocean enthusiasts can be part of the solution. Our aim is to share with local fisherman alternative solutions and convince them that dive tourism can be much more profitable than the one-time profit of killing a shark.

5-best-eco-pracrice-scuba-diverA huge problem – doesn’t necessarily need a radical solution. Scuba Diving is such an enthralling activity that involves lots of practice and fair amount of knowledge in order to fully enjoy what the ocean has to offer. As our skills and knowledge improve, we will be able to explore the beauty of the underwater more and more. While also improving your diving skills, the process of 'getting to know the ocean', usually leads to growing more concerned about the ecosystem's condition.

So how is the individual person able to assist in this matter? There are quite a few great deeds which can be done. Below are a selected handful of things which can be done to keep the ocean awesome:

  • Dive carefully - Probably the most common way a scuba diver does harm to the ecosystem is by not maintaining good buoyancy control. My advice is to practice lots in sandy areas before heading to coral rich sites - a few inches of coral can take years to grow!

On December 2012, Blue Season Bali did a beach cleanup in Menjangan National Park, located in northwest of Bali. The team left the dive center and headed to Menjangan on December 1st, 2012 and had three days of cleaning (and diving of course). Lothar Schopp, one of our Dive Master Trainee that time, shared us his story.

Monthly Clean-up in Menjangan

Menjangan-Beach-Cleanup-with-Blue-Season-BaliParticipants: Ronston, Tim (eco interns), Sean, Juri, Lothar (DMTs), Fumie (MSDT intern) & Niels (eco internship manager)

We took the bus heading for Menjangan nice and early and after a minor hick up involving the driving past the pie shop and the subsequent stop at Mc Donalds to feed the hungry hordes, we were on our way. Upon arrival in the Menjangan National Park - named after the not so elusive Menjangan Deer to be found there - some welcome drinks as well as a delicious lunch at The Bali Tower gave us a first idea of the sort of accommodation we would call home for the next few days: a five star level luxury resort. This first impression got reinforced impressively when we arrived at what can only be described as a mansion; three buildings in the middle of the jungle, 3 bedrooms the immaculate state of which was watched carefully by the extremely helpful and friendly staff and an infinity pool overlooking the bay. Enough said! Needless to say, that we, humble interns, weren't used to such luxury. We did, however, enjoy the amenities quite quickly if only briefly.

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