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.

Summit: 2015, Global Citizens, Inspiring Role Models

Summit: 2015, Global Citizens, Inspiring Role Models

The Blue Ocean Summit 2015 presents four speakers on the theme of “Global Citizens, Inspiring Role Models”. Our four speakers talk about different ocean issues however they have in common that they inspire people on a Global Level: one has created an Award event to...

Saving a Giant Manta

Saving a Giant Manta

We love this story, it’s not current but very worth bringing to your attention again. In 2014 two Brazilians were diving in the Bat Islands off northern Costa Rica. They were having a great day, seeing sharks, mantas and huge schools of fish, but they were not...

Green Fins Videos on Responsible Diving

Green Fins Videos on Responsible Diving

Our Ocean Allies Green Fins and Reef World are proud to release a nine-part series of how-to-videos that will guide dive centers in becoming more environmentally friendly. Pointers are given on how to implement the Green Fin’s Code of Conduct. Solutions and guidance...

Culling Sharks is Not the Answer

Culling Sharks is Not the Answer

Eight fatal shark attacks on humans have occurred since 2011, in the waters surrounding La Reunion, in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. A predictable response has been the call for culling sharks in the waters around the island. (photo - shutterstock) However as...

Injured Dolphin Knows Where to go for Help

Injured Dolphin Knows Where to go for Help

Being in the business of reporting ocean news we are often confronted with stories of marine mammals meeting an unnatural end, wrapped in fishing nets or succumbing to ocean plastic pollution. Our recent post on the Endangered Vaquita Porpoise of the Sea of Cortez is...

Rays Killed for Fun?? In Chesapeake Bay??

Rays Killed for Fun?? In Chesapeake Bay??

When diving I always get a bit of a thrill when I encounter rays, something about the way they seem to fly effortlessly thru the sea. It doesn't seem to matter if they are the largest and most magnificent are the smaller rays they are all great to have as diving...

Toxic Algae Impacting Ocean Ecology

Toxic Algae Impacting Ocean Ecology

Unprecedented Toxic Algae from Mining, Agriculture Run-off impacting Ocean-Recreation Economies. An unprecedented bloom of toxic cyanobacteria is washing onto beaches in Florida, keeping beach goers at home and raising concerns about possible impacts on public health...

Cities Under the Sea – Dr. Richard Murphy

Cities Under the Sea – Dr. Richard Murphy

“I believe a better understanding of how nature works can not only promote an appreciation for the value of our natural heritage but also help guide the next generation in living more sustainably on the planet.” ~ Dr. Richard Murphy Dr. Richard “Murph” Murphy was...

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