Recreation

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

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.

PADI and Reef-World Make Sustainable Diving the New Norm

PADI and Reef-World Make Sustainable Diving the New Norm

21 November 2018: PADI® and Reef-World have joined forces to promote sustainable diving practices for the protection of the marine environment. This partnership will raise awareness and deliver tools to implement the Green Fins standard of best practice, helping to...

Social Media Brings Justice to Harassed Marine Life

Social Media Brings Justice to Harassed Marine Life

Riding on the backs of endangered whale sharks. Cruelly dragging sharks in speedboat wake. Touching marine life to attract and entice dive tourists. What do you do when you see someone illegally or unethically handling marine life? In the age of the "selfie," people...

A Coral Reef To Die For!

A Coral Reef To Die For!

We have written many headlines regarding the plight of the world’s coral reefs, whether it be coral bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef or coastal development and pollution off Mexico’s Yucatan coast. We have also described the heroic efforts to save coral reef...

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. The tourists that normally flock to those beaches would agree, but not so much this month. Florida’s red tide is back with a...

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