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Hitting the mainstream news headlines this past year, the term ‘reef safe’ has become common place when we are considering our sunscreen purchases. What is lesser known is that ‘reef safe’ is currently a fairly unregulated description as there are no official, approved tests
My fight against the ghost nets at the deep wrecks of the Eastern Baltic Sea began 3 years ago. At first, I just wanted to draw attention to the problem with pictures and videos. Very quickly, however, I realized that this was not enough.
We all know that single-use plastic is a big issue. Divers are perhaps more conscious because we see the damage and have a passion for the natural world. I’ve seen first hand how the smallest, most seemingly insignificant plastics can destroy life in the ocean.
Currently an estimated 1 million new divers are certified each year with millions more snorkelling worldwide on coral reefs. While well-managed tourism can present an economic opportunity, expansion of global coral reef tourism has resulted in growing concern about associated environmental impacts.
These caves are underwater, their formations stopped in time by the rising of the ocean levels, their growth resumed following another ice-age, in tune with the worlds’ passing of time. They are the history of this planet carved in underwater passageways and reveal how it was and how it came to be. They might be considered as an ancient piece of knowledge, but they also teach us about the present, the actions and inactions we might take as human species.
In the autumn of 2016, Nicole Edensbo started with freediving and in less than 18 months of dedication, she reached the level of a professional elite athlete. Nicole is the holder of Swedish national records and 2018 and 2019 Freediving Pool champion.
It is integrity—something that is often missing in today’s busy, just-in-time, retail-strategy. But Jim, Paul and Fourth Element know it is more important to run an ethical business. Some of their programs would make a business manager cringe due to the high-probability of losing money. But how can you change the world if you won’t invest in it?
I have known Jim and Paul for over 15 years now and am proud to have been associated with them not only in business but also as friends. There are few manufacturers who bring such integrity, honesty, loyalty and total dedication to customer service, in our diving industry.