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Green Fins was originally initiated by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) under the Regional Seas programme as part of the effort to increase public awareness and management practices that will benefit the conservation of coral reefs and reduce unsustainable tourism practices.

Green Fins News

  • Rapid Site Assessment In Puerto Galera

    Rapid Site Assessment In Puerto Galera

    Puerto Galera is the longest running Green Fins site in the world, entering its seventh year of activities in 2017. Found in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines, it is located at the South Western end of the Verde Island Passage, known as "the center of the center of the world's marine biodiversity". This renown has quickly turned Puerto Galera into one of the most popular marine tourism destinations in the country, with over 30 spectacular dive sites and numerous white sandy beaches, placing extreme pressures on its coastal and marine resources.

    In May 2017, a team of two (2) Gre ...

  • Green Fins Reaching Out To New Diving Cultures In Mactan Philippines

    Green Fins Reaching Out To New Diving Cultures In Mactan Philippines

    Tourism trends change over time, and from generation to generation. This is something that is now been felt by popular diving destinations in countries such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. The Reef-World Foundation, as international coordinators of the Green Fins initiative, have been keeping up to date on the latest trends. Recently a rising number of tourists from countries such as China, Korea and Japan are identifying South East Asia as their main touristic destination. Proximity, unique marine biodiversity and reasonable prices are just some of the reasons behind thei ...

  • How To Be Your Dive Guides Best Buddy Here’s What Five Green Fins Dive Guides From The Philippines Have To Say

    How To Be Your Dive Guides Best Buddy Here’s What Five Green Fins Dive Guides From The Philippines Have To Say

    If you want to have a good dive, become your dive guide's best buddy. Whether it's your first time at the site or you've dived it 20 times before, it's a guarantee that your local dive guide still knows it better. An experienced dive guide knows where the most obscure stonefish like to hang out. Guides know how the reef changes depending on light, depth and current. And they know where they're going to take you before you even gear up.

    In a recent interview with five Filipino dive guides, we found out that when planning a dive route, some of the most important considerations are their guest ...

  • The Islander Girl Goes To The DRT Expo Philippines 2016

    The Islander Girl Goes To The DRT Expo Philippines 2016

    Despite waking up at 5:30am (after falling asleep at 2am after a pool party), I managed to keep my mind in a coherent state and drag myself to the Diving Resort Travel (DRT) Expo Philippines held in SM Megamall last September 9 to 11 (I went on September 11). I couldn't miss it as my friends scored great deals on dive gear last year and I really wanted to get a bigger mesh bag for my stuff. I'd also like to thank Jem and Bryan for dropping me off at Megamall and Starbucks for being my workplace from 8 to 11:30am as I waited for the mall to open.

    Entrance was originally pegged at Php 200 PER ...

  • July 2016 Green Fins Philippines Second Round Of Assessments For Members In Panglao Bohol

    July 2016 Green Fins Philippines Second Round Of Assessments For Members In Panglao Bohol

    Panglao is currently in its second year of Green Fins implementation. The tourism industry is undergoing a rapid expansion with everyone focussed on the planned international airport. As tourist numbers are set to dramatically increase, everyone is aware of the impact this could have on the environment significant in tourist numbers, and what that means for the environment.

    For six weeks in July and August, Green Fins assessors conducted Green Fins assessments for members in Panglao, Bohol. Expanding on the 12 fully assessed members from 2015, assessors recruited and assessed an additional ...

  • July 2016 Green Fins Members In Panglao Collect 1000kg Of Marine Debris

    July 2016 Green Fins Members In Panglao Collect 1000kg Of Marine Debris

    Panglao Island is a major tourist hub in the Visayas region. A large volume of trash is produced by local residents throughout the year but during high season the incoming tourists add to this significantly. Local businesses that depend on tourism have a vested interest in having beaches free of litter and actively collect trash along the shores of their own property. The beaches that are not frequented by tourists however have a large amount of trash and are usually only inhabited by locals. Although these beaches are not commonly seen by the tourists, the local dive centers often visit the r ...