World Oceans Day, celebrated on the 8th June each year is an event where the global community joins forces to highlight the environmental pressures our oceans are under, as well as to celebrate everything amazing about them. Here at Euro-Divers we believe there is much to celebrate and a great deal to be done to protect them.
It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve glimpsed the underwater world of the Maldives, whether you’re a seasoned diver or a beginner snorkeler– it’s simply incredible and never fails to amaze. The sheer number and variety of marine creatures – from the very big such as whale sharks and mantas, to the very small such as colourful nudibranchs and delicate shrimps, will mean there’s never a dull moment. One adventure could take you to a reef full of kaleidoscopic fish with turtles grazing and napoleons cruising by, while your next might be an adrenalin pumping current dive in a channel surrounded by sharks!
The ocean is one of the Maldives’ greatest treasures and enjoys a great deal of protection. The fishing techniques used here are traditional – they respect the reefs and are sustainable; there are 44 (current number in 2021) Marine Protected Areas and many species are protected across the entire nation, including a ban on shark fishing. The Maldives really does sum up everything that is wonderful about the ocean.
Unfortunately, it’s not the same story everywhere and the oceans need our help. A healthy ocean is vitally important for the health of the entire planet – 50% of the oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean and CO2 is absorbed there from the atmosphere too. With climate change a hot topic, taking care of our oceans should be a priority and everyone can do their bit to
help. Say no to plastic, ensure your fish is sustainably caught using non-destructive methods – preferably from local fishermen, take part in beach clean ups and join campaigns to protect our oceans wherever you can.
As divers and snorkelers you know just how magical the ocean is, spread the word and tell everyone else too!