Conservation - Dive Ningaloo

Conservation

Coral reefs around the world are in serious decline. Global warming is causing increasing seawater temperatures which bleach and kill the corals. Pollution kills the corals too, sewage is thought to be a main cause of global wide-scale coral disease. Runoff from agriculture and coastal engineering smothers coral, and overfishing removes the reef fish, which help to keep the reef healthy by grazing the algae which would otherwise smother it.

But the Ningaloo Reef is still spectacular, and we aim to keep it that way.

Dive Ningaloo - Whale SharkAs ambassadors of the ocean, Dive Ningaloo strongly believes that it is our responsibility to actively protect and engage in conservation of the Ningaloo and all our oceans.

We at Dive Ningaloo want to be able to show the beauty and uniqueness of this underwater heaven to visitors today, and in years to come. The ethos of Dive Ningaloo is about education, and of the protection and conservation of our oceans and therefore their future

Managing the marine environment is not about doing anything to the environment, it is about managing people’s interaction in that environment, it is what we do and don’t do that is important. Dive Ningaloo strongly believes in the ‘look but don’t touch’ and ‘take only photographs’ philosophies. This extends to the shore and beaches where ‘leave only footprints’ is an important message to get across.

On the reef, being green is not about being seasick!

Dive Ningaloo - MantaOur courses and training materials are online, therefore we use less paper and packaging than others.

Sunscreen is very harmful to our reef – at Dive Ningaloo we use only bio-degradable sunscreen on our boat and hope that you will do the same.

Boat anchoring is damaging to the reef. Where possible Dive Ningaloo always uses mooring buoys, and where this is not possible we try to anchor in places which will cause minimal damage. We actively support the provision of more boat moorings to protect the reef.

Divers can cause damage to fragile reef organisms with poor buoyancy control and careless fining. We help our customers to dive with minimal impact on the reef by helping with good diving practice.

Conservation projects:

Dive Ningaloo - TurtleWe participate in citizen science projects, such as coral bleaching watch disease monitoring, Ecocean whale shark identification and humpback whale identification. We also work with coral reef researchers from around the world, and are pleased to facilitate their work. We take scientists to field locations and provide the equipment and safety divers. We have also provided photographs to scientists for their research and are delighted that several of our photographs and information has been published numerous times.

To find out more information on projects we participate in visit:

Coral Watch
WhaleShark.org
ReefCheck.org
PADI – Coral Reef Conservation Course

For more info on coral reef conservsation:
National Wildlife Health Center – Coral Disease Handbook