Eco-friendly snorkelling guidelines, by Eric from the Atelier Bleu
"Without claiming to provide the perfect solution to this major issue, I think that practising activities at sea can help people become more actively involved in the preservation of the environment. The sea is where the effects of our environmental behaviour converge and accumulate. It is also in the collective subconscious, a place of leisure, escape, spectacular scenery, surprising encounters, a place of wonder that you enjoy being part of during a moment of calm or during your holidays…
I am certain that access to water is essential in the development of individual behaviour. By creating a close relationship between each one of us and the sea, by helping to make the sea more accessible and by guiding others to make these discoveries, it is possible to contribute to the development of an environmental conscience. "
Here are a few examples of what we need to do when snorkelling to preserve the environment:
- Don't leave any rubbish in the sea or on the coast: remember to take a bag to collect your rubbish and dispose of it responsibly, remembering to sort for recycling
- Use suncreams rather than insoluble oils. You protect both your skin and the environment.
- In order to protect the surroundings, do not feed the fish and avoid any contact with the seabed (contact with fins, overturning rocks, taking specimens of the wildlife): observe, take photographs, but do not touch.
- In order to reduce your impact on the environment, use the marked pathways to get to the sea. Moor your boat to a buoy or attach it in a sandy area.
- Enquire about the dates and authorised areas for diving and spear fishing. Respect protected species, observe minimum take sizes and use only authorised equipment (find out more from the Maritime Affairs and harbour master's office)
- Many everyday products can be dangerous for the aquatic environment (detergents, fuel, oil, etc.). Preferably wash in water, use small quantities of washing products and systematically use the specified careening areas for maintaining your craft.