Coral Etiquette – Do’s and Don’ts
As we have learned, corals are fragile animals, and even a simple touch or a fin kick can cause serious harm. Luckily, a little marine etiquette goes a long way in preventing damage to these amazing creatures. Here are five simple things you can do to enjoy corals responsibly.
- Do not touch, kick or stand on the corals you see in the water.
- Do not take corals and seashells home for souvenirs.
- Do not litter.
- Do not let your diving equipment hang loose. Secure all equipment so nothing bumps into the corals.
- Do not anchor your boat on corals or in a seagrass bed.
- Study about the corals and marine life you might encounter while diving.
- Make sure you and your buddies are aware of the impact on coral reefs.
- Observe corals from a safe distance.
- Practice good finning and body control to avoid accidental contact with the reef or stirring up the sediment.
- Ask about the locations of mooring buoys so you can safely tie off your boat without damaging any of the surrounding marine life.
- Share information about responsible coral reef diving and coral conservation online and with your friends.
Mistreatment of the environment both above and below the water is a common issue that affects our planet daily. And while we cannot control the actions of others, we can at least pass the facts along to those who need to be enlightened – especially those who do not treat the environment and living organisms underwater with respect. So, if you have the opportunity to help influence someone to make better decisions and point out better ways to treat the underwater environment, then do whatever you can to share these ideas. If you are in the water and you see someone touching or even standing on the reef and you have the chance to say something, then by all means, do it.