LONGITUDE 181'S INTERNATIONAL CHARTER FOR RESPONSIBLE DIVING

BE A RESPONSIBLE DIVER 

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PREPARE YOUR TRIP

Not all travel agents and diving centres offer the same services. Some make an effort to protect the environment that you're going to discover, and share natural resources more equally with the inhabitants of the host country. It's expensive for them, and for you, but together you will contribute to our planet's sustainable development. Don't make the price of your diving trip your only selection criteria.
- Choose a travel agency that follows an ethical charter.
- Seek out Responsible Diving Centres that are concerned by the protection of sea-beds (removal of waste and waste water, use of anchorage buoys) and that invest in the local development.
- Find out about the marine eco-systems that you are going to discover.
- Find out about the inhabitants of your host country: traditions, economy, resources.

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BEFORE DIVING...

- Get in shape ! If you haven't been diving in a while, train yourself up to manage your buoyancy: lung-ballast, jacket, optimum weighting, etc.
- Find out about the dive site you are going to discover, it'll make your dive more enjoyable. You will no longer be a passive diver-spectator in a world where you don't speak the language, you'll be able to read the first words in the big book of marine life. Because you'll be able to identify the animals, you'll know how they behave, you'll know where to find them to discover them. You'll know how to spot incredible hidden fauna.
- Ask your dive centre for a projection-presentation on the ecosystem.
- Ask for a list of endangered species, the list of protected species and the regulations on them.
- Find out what the dive centre does to protect the underwater environment (anchorage buoys, etc.)

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ON THE BOAT

- Don't throw anything overboard !
- Refuse plastic plates and cups that take decades to break down...
- Ask for bins to be installed on the bridge for (if you absolutely have to smoke) cigarette butts (they take months to break down), plastic waste, aluminium packaging, etc.
- Make sure that emergency regulators, consoles and pressure gauges are properly fastened down so that they do not hang and do not get caught in the fixed flora and fauna that they might damage.
- Choose short fins, as they are less aggressive.

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WHEN DIVING

- As soon as you get in the water, check your weighting, adjust it if necessary.
- Use your fins gently so as not to damage plant life.
- Avoid contact with fixed plants and animals, they are fragile! Repeated impact will destroy them.
- Don't take anything apart from pictures.
- Do not bother the animals. If they have taken refuge in a hiding hole, don't force them out as they are already stressed. Wait patiently, without moving, until they calm down again and come back out.
- Don't feed the fish. You will affect their behaviour and unbalance the ecosystem.

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AFTER DIVING

- Make an effort to save fresh water, it is the most precious commodity.
- Ask for facilities that avoid wasting fresh water (rinsing tray for equipment, controlled flow showers, etc.).

DURING YOUR STAY

- Be sure to visit beyond the diving centre and the hotel. Explore the world around you.
- Don't buy seaside souvenirs: shark's teeth, turtle shells, star fish, sea horses and other dried fish, shells, coral, etc.
- Boycott restaurants that serve shark's fin soup, meat from turtles and other cetaceans or fish caught destructively (using cyanide or dynamite, etc.)
- Ask restaurant owners how their seafood is caught and about their agreements with local fishermen.

BE A RESPONSIBLE DIVING CENTER 

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WHEN DIVERS ARRIVE 

- Present the center in its context : the country, the inhabitants, their traditions and the economy..
Present the underwater ecosystem. In addition to the beauties and uniqueness of the diving spots, explain their fragility (protected, threatened and endemic species), the importance of the relationships between the species and the vulnerability of the smallest and mimetic species.
Detail the precautions to take when diving, the legislation concerning protected species (detention and trade) and regulations inside reserves.
List the fish and seafood served in restaurants and detail the species that can be eaten without endangering the ecosystem and those that should not be eaten to prevent their disappearance.

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RESPONSIBLE DIVING INSTRUCTOR

Instructors have a marvelous responsibility. Over and above teaching diving and safety, it is up to you to make divers curious and enthusiastic about respecting and protecting the natural habitat you are helping them to explore.
Take every opportunity to remind your visiting divers that the marine environment is fragile and that is up to them to protect it.
You can also remind them that your center is located in a community with which it shares the natural resources (fresh water, food, marine life...)
Never forget that you are the role model for your divers and that they will always do as you do.

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UNDERSTANDING DIVING SPOTS AND LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT

- Diving spot health inventory and follow-up. To protect all the marine treasures in diving spots, the first step is to make an inventory of what exists. Team up with other centers working in, the same spots to prepare this list or work with local environnemental association or call in consultant biologists who will explain the essential factors to monitor. Regular audits will tell you what is happening and what needs to be done for long term protection. This inventory is a vivid source of information for visiting divers.
Mooring buoys should be installed in each diving spot to prevent the destruction of fixed flora and fauna fixed by random anchoring.
Limit the number of divers to protect marine life from excessive disturbance..
Stop diving in over-visited spots and spots sheltering fragile species during the seasons when they reproduce
Promote the creation of protected areas in agreement with local authorities. Use these areas as control zones to measure what is happening elsewhere. These protected area will replenish populations in damaged areas.

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ECOLOGICAL DIVING CENTERS

Your diving center exists to help others discover the beauties of nature. Protect nature with waste management systems and use renewable energies

Waste recovery and treatment. Limit the waste generated by the center (plastic plates, mugs,bottles, etc...). Collect and take spent batteries, used oils and toxic wastes to reprocessing or recycling plants.
Fresh water saving and recycling. Washing diving gear in rinsing tanks, fitting controlled flow showers, building rainwater catchment systems and recycling of used sanitary water in toilets are all good ideas,
Renewable energies. Wind and solar power are the best.

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FAIR SHARES IN AN INTERDEPENDANT ECONOMY

Train and use local inhabitants in the diving team.
Share fresh water fairly with local inhabitants, particularly farmers, in countries where water is rare.
Select the fish served in restaurants. Diving center managers, fishermen and local authorities should pointly decide on the authorized fishing quotas for the most fragile species (lobsters, groupers, etc.). Consumers are quite happy to eat less fragile species if they are told why. Center restaurants should never serve fish or seafood fished with destructive methods, gravid crustacean shellfish or undersized fish and fray.
Finance local development projects using a percentage of your income from diving (a dollar or two). Projects can include schools, irrigation systems, water saving systems, solar energy and the organization of fishing to ensure sustained development

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Want to learn more about the Longitude 181 association ? And perhaps become a member of the association ? Check out their site and their work to protect the sea environment !

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      erika retail assistant decathlon marseille longitude 181 member
      Erika, retail assistant at Decathlon in Marseille

      I'm a retail assistant at Decathlon in Marseille and passionate about snorkeling. I also have my PADI Open Water certification. As an active member of the Longitude 181 Nature association, I'm delighted to contribute to this association's efforts to protect our oceans and their flora and fauna. If at my level I can help change things, raise the awareness of even a single person, I think that it's worth the trouble, and Longitude 181 is an association of enthusiasts, which is what I like!

       

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