Blue Project (BP) by AquaMarine Diving - Bali
Since opening in September 1999, environmental responsibility has been a high priority for AquaMarine Diving – Bali.
To show our commitment to being an environmentally-friendly business, we established ‘Blue Project by AMD-B’. BP demonstrates AquaMarine’s on-going support for sustainable tourism development.
AMD-B was Indonesia’s first Project AWARE GO Eco Operator
Becoming the country’s first Project AWARE GO Eco Operator reinforced our commitment to conserve and protect our reefs and ocean. To be an ‘Eco-operator’ meant creating business initiatives to ensure we maintained and promoted sustainable dive practices.
What is BP by AMD-B?
BP consists of several environmental projects that aim to protect our blue ocean from its biggest threat: Marine Pollution.
Who is building BP by AMD-B, and how?
The involvement of all AMD-B staff is a key factor in the success of Blue Project by AMD-B. Sharing knowledge, organising environmental activities, and collaboration with related NGOs is part of AMD-B’s drive to promote a more ocean-friendly and sustainable dive industry.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14
SGD 14 (of 17) is about ‘Life below Water’: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
By collaborating with local NGOs, BP by AMD-B can participate in addressing environmental challenges by joining the global movement.
AMD-B was Bali’s first Green Fins Member
As their first Member in Bali, we annually invite Green Fins to conduct an environmental review of our entire business operations. When I last checked, AMD-B was the only dive company to do so (others have only done it once). The assessment includes on-site at the office, land and boat transport, diving, and a written evaluation.
Moreover, in day to day operations, AMD-B is implementing sustainable green office operations.
PADI AWARE, Dive Against Debris, and Adopt a Dive Site
AquaMarine Diving – Bali is a very long-time supporter of PADI AWARE (previously Project AWARE). We have spent over two decades educating, and encouraging students and divers to donate to PADI AWARE.
Through BP by AMD-B we regularly and routinely conduct PA underwater activities:
a. Beach and Underwater Clean-ups for ‘Dive Against Debris’
b. AMD-B has two (2) separate locations for ‘Adopt a Dive Site’:
– ‘The Jetty’ (outside Candidasa, east coast Bali)
In 2019, AMD-B dive staff and (four) Interns mapped the entire area of The Jetty including the surrounding patches of reef. BP by AMD-B then developed a systematic cleaning programme to make The Jetty safer for marinelife. In addition, BP has continued to routinely monitor and report on the site to PADI AWARE.
– A coral-restoration project in Padangbai, originally set up by LivingSeas.
On a monthly basis, BP by AMD-B cleans and maintains this project with the goals of creating an artificial reef and attracting more marinelife into a barren area.
Capacity Building for Interns
Starting in 2012, AMD-B has run an annual ‘Zero-to-Hero PADI Divemaster Internship for Young Indonesians’. As part of the internship, BP by AMD-B provides training and practice to increase interns’s knowledge of diving and ocean awareness. We include introductions to, and collaborations with, NGOs involved with turtle, mangrove, and coral conservation. This helps set AMD-B interns apart from other newly-certified dive professionals.
More information on AMD-B’s annual ‘11 Months Zero-to-Hero PADI Divemaster Internship for Young Indonesians’ can be found here.
AquaMarine Diving – Bali is committed to providing dive experiences that enhance visitor awareness, appreciation and understanding of the local aquatic environment.
To participate in Blue Project by AMD-B, please contact Contact Us today.
Fins up for a healthier ocean.
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