Scuba fees save reefs

A recent report by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington discuss how scuba divers, diving in marine protected areas (MPAs) can contribute to the costs of maintaining the MPAs. The report is entitled: “The role of SCUBA diver user fees as a source of sustainable funding for coral reef marine Protected areas.”

This report highlights the fact that in most most cases, no contribution is made by divers towards the maintenance of the areas in which they dive. This is despite a willingness on the part of divers to help. Additionally, dive tourism can generate employment & significant income within local communities. They discuss in details amounts that could be charged as well as going into cost / benefit analysis.

So are we all missing a trick?

Read the full report.

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