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ENVIRONMENTAL CODE OF ETHICS

AT A TIME WHEN CORAL REEFS WORLDWIDE ARE UNDER THREAT, THE PNGDA RECOGNISES THE EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY AND CONDITION OF PNG'S NATURAL MARINE RESOURCES AND THEIR IMPORTANCE FOR BOTH VILLAGE LIFE AND THE NATION, AND PLEDGES THAT THE ASSOCIATION WILL DO EVERYTHING IN ITS POWER TO ENSURE THESE RESOURCES, INCLUDING THE SEA BED, REEFS, WRECKS AND THE MARINE LIFE THAT LIVES ON THEM, AND IN THE WATER SURROUNDING THEM, WILL BE CONSERVED.

MEMBERS OF THE PAPUA NEW GUINEA DIVER'S ASSOCIATION WILL:-

1. ENSURE THAT DIVERS IN THEIR CARE ARE MADE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CAREFUL DIVE PRACTICES TO AVOID DAMAGE TO, AND HARASSMENT OF, MARINE LIFE.  

2. ENSURE THAT DIVERS IN THEIR CARE ARE ADVISED TO ASSIST EACH OTHER TO FOLLOW CAREFUL DIVE PRACTICES. THE USE OF THE "V" SIGNAL IS RECOMMENDED SO THAT DIVERS CAN INDICATE TO OTHER DIVERS THAT THEY ARE DAMAGING OR HARASSING MARINE LIFE.  

3. ALLOW ANY DIVE SITES SHOWING ANY SIGNS OF DAMAGE, FROM WHATEVER CAUSE TO BE ALLOWED TIME TO RECOVER BEFORE DIVERS REVISIT THE SITE. ROTATION OF DIVE SITES IS ENCOURAGED.  

4. PROMOTE THE USE OF MOORINGS, AND/OR DESIGNATED ANCHORING SITES ON SAND AND RUBBLE PATCHES ADJACENT TO THE DIVING AREA, FOR REGULARLY DIVED SITES.  

5. RECOGNISE THE FISHING RIGHTS OF VILLAGERS AND WILL NOT ENGAGE IN ANY FISHING OR COLLECTING ACTIVITIES ON DIVE SITES EXCEPT FOR SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES AND WITH APPROVAL FROM THE LOCAL VILLAGERS.  

6. RECOGNISE AND RESPECT EACH OTHER MEMBERS PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN THEIR LOCAL AREAS, AND COMPLY WITH ANY REASONABLE REQUEST FROM THE PRIOR OPERATOR REGRADING USE OF THE SITES, WITH REGARD TO CONSERVATION.  
 

7. RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSULTING WITH VILLAGE PEOPLE, AND PROMOTE EDUCATION IN THE CONSERVATION OF THE LOCAL MARINE RESOURCES, THE ACTIVITIES OF TOURIST DIVERS, AND THE BENEFITS THAT THEY MAY GAIN THROUGH TOURISTS VISITING THEIR AREA.  

8. ENCOURAGE GOVERNMENT BODIES TO RECOGNISE AREAS OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE TO THE DIVE TOURISM INDUSTRY WITH A VIEW TO THEIR CONSERVATION.  

9. CONSULT WITH, AND PROVIDE, APPROPRIATE SUPPORT FOR THE TPA AND THE TAPING TO ENSURE ECOLOGICALLY SOUND INDUSTRY GROWTH. IN PARTICULAR, THE ASSOCIATION WISHES TO ENSURE THAT NEW LOCATIONS ARE USED FOR GROWTH TO AVOID OVERUSE AND DEGRADATION OF DIVE SITES AS HAS OCCURRED IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD.  

10. ASSIST IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DATA BASE OF MARINE LIFE PNG AND NOTIFY THE PNGDA IF ANY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN MARINE LIFE ARE OBSERVED IN THEIR AREAS. PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT ARE DAMAGING THE ECO-SYSTEM.  

11. PROMOTE THE FACT THAT THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL BENEFITS OF DIVE TOURISM ARE GREATER THAN THOSE ACHIEVED BY UNSUSTAINABLE COMMERCIAL HARVESTING OF CORAL REEF RESOURCES  


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