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Egypt has been going to extreme measures to preserve its marine life as much as possible, including banning plastic across the Red Sea Governorate and Marsa Alam. Unfortunately, plastic is not the only threat to marine life. Practically anything that intrudes the underwater life will be harmful, and that includes humans. That doesn’t mean we should stop diving to appreciate the beauty of the Red Sea treasures, but that we need to take the right measures to protect Egypt's marine life.

Egypt gets about three million divers and snorkellers annually, with about 500 businesses providing diving and snorkeling activities in the Red Sea. It makes sense that Egypt's just become the first country in the region, and the 11th worldwide, to adopt Green Fins, a UN environmental initiative focused on reducing the impact of diving and water activities on the environment and marine life. The ultimate goal is to reduce the negative impacts of snorkeling and diving by encouraging divers to stop any practices that might be harmful to marine life, such as anchoring, fish feeding, and chemical pollution. 

Through Egypt's Chamber of Diving and Watersports (CDWS), a body under the Egyptian Tourism Federation that's committed to all diving and watersport activities happening across Egypt's coastal waters, Egypt plans to pilot the Green Fins initiative in the South Sinai Governorate before expanding it to all diving and snorkeling centers across Egypt by March 2020.

“Sustainability is a crucial element of the Egypt Tourism Reform Program that Egypt is undertaking to improve the standards and the quality of both the touristic infrastructure and its human element. The effort will surely put Egyptian tourism at the forefront of Eastern Mediterranean destinations,” says Ahmed el Wassief, Chair of the Egyptian Tourism Federation.

Source: Scuba News