Protecting the Maldives Environment
Protecting the Maldives Environment is important if these small islands are to be saved for future generations to visit. The Maldives are an area of outstanding natural beauty and we should all do our best towards protecting these islands and reefs when we visit. The ecology of the Maldives is very finely balanced and the reefs are at particular risk. The coral forming the reef can be seriously damaged or killed by snorkelers and divers who stand on or touch the coral. You should take great care not to step on or touch the coral. Never break pieces of to take home. This is illegal in the Maldives. Remember without the coral, there will be no islands. The coral reef is, after the rainforest, the most complex ecological system on earth. Every island has specially created, marked channels to enable easy access to the reef for diving and snorkeling, please use these. We should do all we can to look after the coral by protecting the Maldives environment.
Another way tourists do damage is by feeding the fish. Fish cannot digest bread, it swells in their stomach and will kill them. Fish are wild creatures, they do not like contact with humans. Handling, catching, holding and stroking them will cause distress. Do not touch them. Divers and snorkelers should always set an example. As a diver or snorkeler, you should have the highest interest in protecting the Maldives environment under water. Behave properly, even when taking videos or photos do not bother any living creature. Behave as if you are a guest under water. Watch out for the movement of our fins. Equipment should be tidy, so that small parts cannot cause unintentional damage. Protecting the Maldives environment is of the utmost importance.
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