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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
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...

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...

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...

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