We all know scuba divers are damaging coral reefs...
Gail - OW / Accountant
August 15 at 17:01:00
We all know that scuba divers have caused significant damage to coral reefs. The only question is how much of a factor dive tourism really is compared to other human impact including pollution, sedimentation, fishing, global warming etc. I have seen terrible and increasing damage to coral reefs at popular dive destinations where local dive operators claim that global warming has been a non-factor. So I agree that dive tourism must be singled out as a primary cause of coral reef destruction. The good news is that stressed coral reefs can recover by reducing human impact. Dive tourism, like fishing, is a controllable factor provided governments act aggressively to strictly regulate local dive operators.