Wildopeneye’s pleased to note some more good news for the oceans, today (6/8/17) being celebrated as World Oceans Day, a Mission Blue press release announced the new partnership between their global marine conservation group and PADI®, the professional international SCUBA diving training and certification body in order to “ignite support for Hope Spots”.
Mission Blue™ describes Hope Spots as “special places that are important for the health of the ocean.” Dr. Sylvia Earle founder of the conservation group says
“Hope Spots are about recognizing, empowering and supporting individuals and communities around the world in their efforts to protect the ocean. By activating its global network of divers and dive professionals, the PADI family will further bring attention to marine areas in a worldwide network targeted for enhanced protection.”
This has got to be a helpful step forward. There’s no doubt about it, divers love best to swim through pristine marine environments, but they are getting fewer and further between these days, and we (I’m PADI certified too) can add our voices to the call for improved protection of the marine environment.
Diving vacations are an important source of ecotourism activity that circulates wealth from cities in developed nations to coastal communities in developing countries.