Published On: Mon, Nov 12th, 2018

Curaçao: World Class Conservation on an Island of World Class Diving

Curaçao is home to some of the most spectacular reefs in the Caribbean, and the dive community takes its responsibilities very seriously indeed. The driving force behind the conservation efforts is the Curaçao Dive Task Force, committed to sustainable tourism. Chief amongst the programs is the island's commitment to Project Aware's 'Adopt A Dive Site' Initiative.

WILLEMSTAD - As the world's coral reefs come under increasing pressure from the effects of climate change, plastic pollution, coastal development and a host of other problems, the worldwide dive community is coming together to ensure that these precious resources are preserved for both the sake of the environment, and for future generations to enjoy.

Over the years Curaçao's dive centres have held many different reef cleanup events, and in February 2017, some of the island's dive centres came together under the Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association (CHATA) to form the Curaçao Dive Task Force (CDTF). The CDTF's responsibilities were to ensure safe and responsible dive practices across the board, and that each member of the Task Force was committed to sustainable tourism as part of their efforts.

One of their main achievements was joining Project Aware's 'Adopt-A-Dive-Site' program, an expansion of the 'Dive Against Debris' initiative. To qualify for the Adopt A Dive Site, participants must pledge to carry out monthly Dive Against Debris surveys and report on their findings each month from the same location. Dive centres involved in the program must also lead the way in reducing their own waste production, and encourage the local community to take action against marine litter.

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Divers cleaning up at the popular dive site of Tugboat (photo: The Dive Bus)

As the world's coral reefs come under increasing pressure from the effects of climate change, plastic pollution, coastal development and a host of other problems, the worldwide dive community is coming together to ensure that these precious resources are preserved for both the sake of the environment, and for future generations to enjoy.

Over the years Curaçao's dive centres have held many different reef cleanup events, and in February 2017, some of the island's dive centres came together under the Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association (CHATA) to form the Curaçao Dive Task Force (CDTF). The CDTF's responsibilities were to ensure safe and responsible dive practices across the board, and that each member of the Task Force was committed to sustainable tourism as part of their efforts.

One of their main achievements was joining Project Aware's 'Adopt-A-Dive-Site' program, an expansion of the 'Dive Against Debris' initiative. To qualify for the Adopt A Dive Site, participants must pledge to carry out monthly Dive Against Debris surveys and report on their findings each month from the same location. Dive centres involved in the program must also lead the way in reducing their own waste production, and encourage the local community to take action against marine litter.

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Video Link:  https://youtu.be/-qMh7-iyLF4

Source:  Dive Magazine UK

 

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