giving coral reefs a future

worldwide coral reef conservation through research, education, outreach, and restoration

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Sustainable under water

Tag icon Project
  • do not leave a trace (Paul Selvaggio)
  • damaged coral by trampling (Dave Burdick)
  • divers hold on to coral (Dave Burdick)
  • 'graffiti' on coral (Dave Burdick)
  • guided snorkel tour (TUI Cruises)
Together with TUI Cruises and Futouris e.V., we started a campaign for sustainable recreational snorkeling and diving at Curacao in 2013, which is now promoted all over the Caribbean and beyond.

Many tourists want to experience the beauty of coral reefs. However, coral reefs face multiple threats and have reached an alarming status. There is an eminent need for sustainable tourism and, consequently, sustainable recreational snorkeling and diving. So far, many threats by negligent and not sufficiently educated snorkelers and divers put pressure on coral reefs all over the world. Such threats can be caused by stepping or standing on corals, by breaking and damaging corals and disturbing animal life, but also by leaving garbage and anchoring diving boats within a coral reef and subsequently destroying corals.

Apart from SECORE's direct efforts in coral reef protection and restoration, this campaign offers a great chance to raise public awareness among the many tourists and local dive guides likewise. Knowledge on coral reef ecology and how to implement sustainable tourism is shared with visiting snorkelers and divers, as well as local ones. Last but not least, our campaign provides the chance to spread once more the word on behalf of coral reef conservation

Be a considerate and careful snorkeler and diver―don't leave a trace!

Flyer how to be a sustainable snorkeler and diver can be downloaded here:

Poster with information on coral reefs and environmental friendly snorkeling and diving can be downloaded here:

Feel free to share flyer and poster with your colleagues, friends and family. Feel free to use flyer and poster in your dive shop. Please contact us if you have any questions, remarks or want to partner with us.

Make a difference – help saving coral reefs!

The Team


Meet our supporters

SECORE's main supporters are:

The Green Foundation
Clyde and Connie Woodburn Foundation
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
TUI Cruises
California Academy of Science
The Nature Conservancy

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