Blue Ocean proudly brings to you four inspiring stories from four of our experts that have developed Sustainability Programs around the world. These programs continue to have a profound effect on thousands of divers, local dive operations and the countries in which they work to help protect their reefs and marine environments. You will learn to be an Ocean Activist, a Citizen Scientist, a Green Bubble or a Coral Reef Monitor so be inspired by these stories and find your own path to being an Ocean Activist.
The Movement to Blue the Dive Industry – Vicki Nichols Goldstein
With 25 years of being an advocate for the ocean, Vicki knows something about starting a movement. Vicki founded the Colorado Ocean Coalition – creating a voice for ocean protection within the US mountain states. With dive business operators and ocean lovers, Vicki co-founded “Blue The Dive,” a program that promotes sustainable dive education within the dive industry.
Additional programs initiated at the Colorado Ocean Coalition are the Ocean Ambassadors Certification Program and the Inland Ocean Movement. Vicki says some of the other marine conservation issues they are covering include climate change, over fishing and plastic pollution.
Join Vicki and read “the Movement to Blue the Dive Industry” at: Ocean Profiles: Vicki Nichols Goldstein
Green Bubbles for a Blue Economy – Martina Milanese
“it’s just one ocean – and it belongs to all of us.” ~ Dr. Martina Milanese
Dr. Martina Milanese is a longtime diver and marine biologist. For Martina, it’s about discovering the deep links between people and nature, and finding ways to reconnect them if the link is broken. However, since both the seas and humans are complex, Martina feels that a holistic approach is the best path forward to sustainable diving.
Working as part of a research team for the EU that discovered that scuba diving can have a positive impact both environmentally and economically. Martina helped develop Green Bubbles as a program to spread a message of ecological awareness, stressing the benefits of using sustainable dive guidelines when teaching scuba diving.
To find out more about Green Bubbles and teaching sustainable diving read Martina’s entire article “Green Bubbles for a Blue Economy” and visit her at: Ocean Profiles: Martina Milanese
Building a Global Dive Network of Citizen Scientists – Julian Hyde
Julian is British and a scientist by training and has been living in Asia since 1992. A former dive operator Julian has seen the negative impact of diving on coral reefs. Julian also believes that sustainable diving can hold many answers for the serious ocean issues we are facing today.
Julian is now the head of Reef Check Malaysia and is in partnership with eco-diver volunteers to conduct surveys assessing the health of Malaysia’s coral reefs.His position with Reef Check has enabled his efforts to lobby the Malaysian Government to establish additional marine protected areas and to increase the management and protection of the country’s unique marine resources
“We’re talking about building reef resilience through better MPA (Marine Protected Area) management, better diver management, and addressing all of those local problems that are facing the reefs.”
To hear how the Reef Check program works, how to become a citizen scientist and what dive operations can do to protect their coral reefs read his article “Building a Global Dive Network of Citizen Scientists” at Ocean Profiles: Julian Hyde
Global Standards for Responsible Diving – Chloe Harvey
Chloe Harvey is a marine biologist and diver and in 2008 she discovered the Green Fins program while traveling in Thailand. Chloe found that “it was a fantastic approach to educating divers, and the diving industry” but she was surprised to discover that Green Fins was the only internationally recognized program, establishing environmental standards for sustainable diving. Chloe is now dedicated to developing Green Fins into an international program providing dive operators with the tools needed for implementing sustainable practices and mitigating environmental risk. With the support of Reef-World, and UNEP, Chloe and her team is successfully replicating Green Fins’ sustainable programs in major dive travel destinations across Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Maldives and Vietnam.
To learn more about the Green Fins sustainable diver program read Chloe Harvey’s article “Global Standards for Responsible Diving” at Ocean Profiles: Chloe Harvey