Who is Green Fins and why are we in Big Blue Conservation one of their top members
Protecting the oceans with Green Fins.
Initiated in 2004 by the East Asian Seas Regional Coordinating Unit and supported by UNEP, the Green Fins project encourages dive and resort operators as well as divers themselves, to adopt Eco-friendly practices during their exploration of coral reefs. They do this through a network of mutual support from many dive operators, so that such conduct can be of benefit to both operators and environment through enhancing the tourist’s marine experience in the long run.
The contribution of the Green Fins is tangible. Aside from social and scientific monitoring of coral reef health and tourist and dive operators behaviour, their standards can be felt on the dive tourist in Asia, where our diving school Big Blue Diving can be seen running through the Green Fins recommendations before taking our guest out for the plunge of a dive.
Green Fins is currently active in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand where diving tourism has grown around the rich, unique, diverse and dynamic coral reefs of the world. In the region, Green Fins in Thailand and Philippines has progressed greatly since its launch in 2004 and there are currently over 100 members. The Green Fins Association in The Philippines, a non-governmental organization, has taken the lead to introduce and implement Green Fins along with a number of marine conservation awareness raising activities in local communities and schools.
Big Blue Conservation has been members for over 6 years, we see the change in behaviour and interest from our divers and staff who like to take an active part in protecting the underwater world.
So we were so happy to be awarded 3rd in the top ten Eco Friendly schools in the world.
And so you are welcome to come and dive with Big Blue Diving, be an active partner together with us, learn more about how we can all help the environment and still enjoy the UW world.
Here at Big Blue Conservation we will run free courses about Green Fins, and other conservation organisations, showing people how they can help and protect our amazing seas.
Become part of the solution………………………………
More information about Green Fins:
Green Fins is a project in South East Asia encouraging scuba diving operators to adhere to a Code of Conduct with an overall aim to reduce negative impacts to the marine environment. The Code of Conduct is a list of 15 rules designed to tackle the most common and detrimental effects SCUBA diving activities have on the habitat in which they operate.
The mission statement of Green Fins is:
“To protect and conserve coral reefs by establishing and implementing environmentally friendly guidelines to promote a sustainable diving tourism industry.”
Green Fins was established in 2004 as a project by the United Nations Environmental Programs (UNEP) and was implemented by the Secretariat of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA). The project was initiated and coordinated by COBSEA’s secretariat as part of the effort to increase public awareness with an overall aim to better management practices that will contribute to the conservation of coral reefs (and other associated marine ecosystems such as sea grass beds and mangroves) and reduce the current unsustainable tourism practices.
Currently there are four active member countries of the Green Fins project. Thailand and the Philippines started in 2004, Indonesia in 2007 and Malaysia in 2008. Each individual country is autonomous, running their projects aims and objectives to fulfil the mission statement. This is done under the supervision of the Network Leader with the Network Leader Assistant as a supporting role. The position of the Network Leader is usually fulfilled by government staffs who work under a relevant department overseeing the protection and control of either marine habitats or tourism.