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Recreation 

In it, on it or under it, we love the ocean. Our articles are a must read for a diversity of ocean enthusiasts, addressing ocean sustainability and marine conservation issues in ocean recreation.

Although many of us in this community are keen on being sustainable divers, our articles are also for snorkelers, surfers, boaters, beach goers and sailors featuring the latest sustainable practices and responsible ocean sports news.

Citizen Scientists and Voluntourism

The next time you plan a vacation consider making it more meaningful by becoming a Citizen Scientist. As a citizen scientist there is a voluntourism program for you whether its reef restoration, fish counts, whale sightings, water quality surveys, invasive species monitoring or turtle watches and so much more. Find out more on our Citizens and Science Page.

“Why is it that scuba divers and surfers are some of the strongest advocates of ocean conservation? Because they’ve spent time in and around the ocean, and they’ve personally seen the beauty, the fragility, and even the degradation of our planet’s blue heart.” Sylvia Earle
Red Tide State of Emergency in Florida

Red Tide State of Emergency in Florida

Sanibel, Marco Island, Boca Grande, Naples, Captiva Island; Floridians brag that their beaches are paradise and the best in the country and the tourists that normally flock to those beaches would agree, but not so much this month. Florida’s red tide is back with a...

Belize chooses to protect coral reefs over oil exploration

Belize chooses to protect coral reefs over oil exploration

Belize has imposed an indefinite moratorium on oil exploration and extraction in its territorial waters, an action intended to protect the Belize Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site and 190 mile-long, section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef that stretches from...

Coral Gardening: Viability and Necessity!

Coral Gardening: Viability and Necessity!

Not long ago, the idea of growing coral reefs was considered a “fringe” idea, not practical. But now we realize that coral gardening is both viable and necessary for rehabilitating our coral reef ecosystems and to repair the damage caused by extraordinary heat events...

Sunscreens that Protect You and the Ocean

Sunscreens that Protect You and the Ocean

Ah, summer. It’s that time of the year again for fun in the sun. When packing for your beach picnics, one of the most important items alongside the beer cooler is sunscreen. However, when you go to buy a sunscreen you are faced with the daunting prospect of choosing...

Tips On How You Can Be A Reef-Friendly Traveler

Tips On How You Can Be A Reef-Friendly Traveler

Remember that first experience of snorkeling through warm, crystal clean water and looking down into a world of vibrantly colored corals and endless marine life. That’s what hooked me decades ago. Today our coral reefs are threatened as never before. However, by...

Coral Reef Gardening: Try Voluntourism when next in Paradise

Coral Reef Gardening: Try Voluntourism when next in Paradise

Here’s a great idea for your next vacation. Pick a tropical island paradise--Fiji for example. Get wet in the pristine waters and break out the scuba gear. But most important, turn your vacation from tourism to voluntourism. Become a citizen scientist on a mission....

The Kraken sited off Virgin Gorda

The Kraken sited off Virgin Gorda

The Kraken is a legendary sea creature that haunted the imagination of seafarers for centuries. The origins of the legend may have been with sightings of giant squids in the Atlantic where its size and fearsome appearance inspired numerous stories of encounters...

Sairee Cottage Diving Koh Tao a Model for Eco Tourism

Sairee Cottage Diving Koh Tao a Model for Eco Tourism

Koh Tao means Turtle Island in Thai and is a small island offering some of the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand. But what really seems to set Koh Tao apart is the  Sairee Cottage dive resort that has a passion for eco-friendly tourism.   Koh Tao receives 100%...

Ocean Lovers Gather for a CORALPALOOZA On World Oceans Day

Ocean Lovers Gather for a CORALPALOOZA On World Oceans Day

2018 is The International Year of the Reef. #IYOR2018 What could possibly be a better way to celebrate than to save a coral reef! How, you ask, can I save a coral reef? I'm glad you asked! By joining in the 4th annual CORALPALOOZA. Sounds pretty kinky and it's fun...

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