DIVERS! SNORKELERS! BOATERS!
PLEASE TAKE CARE
Worldwide, coral reefs are suffering degradation from various
pollution, over fishing, excess nutrients ... and tourist activity.
© R. Ellis - Flukes Designs
NOT TO INFLICT FURTHER DAMAGE.
The slightest touch with hands, fins or equipment can irreparably
damage coral polyps, the tiny animals that build the coral reefs.
Remember, most corals only grow a half inch per year.
Stay horizontal in the water and snorkel in water over your depth.
Snorkeling on shallow reefs can easily inflict damage to the coral
and cause personal injury. In a vertical position, your flapping
fins are killers! They break coral and stir up sediment that can
smother the coral polyps. For equipment adjustment, swim out and
away from the coral into deep water.
Wear a float vest and practice your skills off a sandy beach.
LOOK, ENJOY AND LEAVE:
Take nothing dead or alive from the reef.
DO NOT ANCHOR ON CORAL:
Use mooring buoys where available, or anchor on a sandy bottom.
Anchors, chain and line should not touch coral (dinghy anchors
included). If there is no sandy bottom, don't anchor, but leave
an attendant in the dinghy while the rest of the party snorkels
FEEDING THE FISH:
Caution! You may be injured! Feeding can make fish aggressive
and dangerous. It also upsets species distribution and may introduce
Avoid cumbersome rigs. Don't brace yourself on the coral to take
a photo. Damaging the reef even inadvertently for the sake of
a photo is not worth it.
Adjust buoyancy. Secure all dangling gauges, consoles and octopus
regulators. Know where your fins are. Air bubbles trapped in caves
will destroy marine growth. Bubbles rising on a vertical rock
face can scour. Don't get too close.
Think, care and enjoy.
Help the reef give continuing enjoyment.