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Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 1:24:00 PM

NAUI Green Diver wants your summer vacation to stay green!

It's summer and for a lot of people that means one thing: Vacation! Whether it's a 2 month break from school or just a weekend getaway, summer vacation is a tradition for many people. Wherever you decide to get away this year, keep in mind that the best way to keep your destinations bright and beautiful is to maintain their cleanliness. Just because you're away from home doesn't mean you can simply disregard the practices of being a Green Diver. Remember to clean up all your trash when visiting the beach, try not to overuse the water in your hotel, and if there's a dive trip in your itinerary make sure you report any underwater garbage you might find. No matter where you end up this summer, by adhering to the Green Diver guidelines you can ensure that you'll want to come back again and again.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 11:36:00 AM

The NAUI Green Diver Initiative urges you to cruise responsibly!

When you picture going on a cruise you probably think of laying out on the deck with a cold drink in your hand and the sun shining down on you. Perhaps you imagine yourself receiving a massage in the luxurious onboard spa. What you probably don't think of are the tons of pollutants that are pumped into the ocean by each ship. The emissions from the ships exhaust, as well as sewage can be very harmful to coral reefs and the marine species that inhabit them. The problem stems from the fact that many cruise lines choose to adhere to the less strict emission policies of the countries they visit. This exempts them from keeping an eye on how much pollutant they are putting out. So what is the solution? Friends of the Earth releases an annual report card showing how each cruise line favors in the areas of Sewage treatment, air pollution, and compliance with water quality. Next time you think about taking a cruise, try to select a liner that is more responsible with its pollutants. The report card can be found here: http://www.foe.org/cruise-report-card

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:46:00 PM

NAUI Green Diver believes that the key to Green Diving starts in your own backyard!

We like to separate the water into different parts: Canals, oceans, estuaries, etc. But when you think about it most of these bodies of water are really just one continuous marine habitat. This is why it is important to remember that every piece of litter counts. Throwing sandwich bag in the Tampa Bay might ultimately make its way into the Gulf of Mexico and then take a journey up the Gulf Stream ending up in the northern waters of the United States. Throughout this journey, the litter has the opportunity to endanger several species of marine life as well as tarnish the underwater plant life. By simply disposing of your trash properly, you will be curbing the damage done not just to the water in your immediate area, but also the rest of the world! Please remember this next time your about to throw out a used beer can from your boat, or are disposing of trash from a day at sea.

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Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 2:32:00 PM

NAUI Green Diver helps build 'The Green Wall!'

NAUI and the Green Diver Initiative are happy to be a part of Kuwait Energy's newest project: Kuwait Green Wall. The initiative originated with the Kuwait Oasis Team who have been extremely active in bringing environmental causes to Kuwait and the rest of the Middle East.  The Kuwait Green Wall is a ten year project whose aim is to plant 315,000 trees on a stretch of 420 Kilometers around the border of the country. This ambitious project will be extremely beneficial to both the local environment and the beautification of the country. Kuwait Green Wall will ultimately contain a triple layer of trees on both the North and South borders of Kuwait.  Project Oasis and Kuwait Energy hope that this project will raise much needed awareness to the affects of climate change, pollution, and the preservation of the ecosystem. Kuwait Energy also hopes that by publicizing this event, other countries will follow suit and create their own Green Walls.  As well as being a great environmental project, the Kuwait Oasis Team hopes to also use the Green Wall for researching carbon dioxide levels, rainfall, and even birds' migratory patterns. The Green wall will surely be a great way to raise environmental awareness in the region as well as provide a great model for the rest of the world to follow.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 4:38:00 PM

NAUI shows you how to be a 'safe' driver.

When thinking of pollution in the water you probably don't immediately think about automobile pollution. However, this is a very large contributor to the current state of the world's oceans.  When exhaust from cars is evaporated into the air. the pollution is returned to the Earth in the form of acid rain. Acid rain can occur anywhere at any time. Since over 75% of the world is water, there's a good chance that acid rain will find its way into the ocean which ends up harming marine life. Acid rain can also contaminate our drinking water which is never a good thing.  Some solutions to this are carpooling whever possible, and opting for car models that are a little more fuel efficient.  By joining the Green Diver Initiative, you are taking the first step in protecting our ocean from the manmade threat of pollution.

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Monday, March 25, 2013 at 4:28:00 PM

NAUI proud to be a sponsor of Scallopalooza 2013!

We all know that a number of marine species have been facing dwindling numbers over the years. Over fishing has caused problems for several species of fish, and tuna nets are notorious for contributing to the decreasing numbers of dolphins. But there's one animal whose declining numbers may go overlooked: The scallop. Thanks to the good folks over at Sarasota Bay Watch however, awareness of this very important animal is being brought to our attention with Scallopalooza! This year marks the 3rd annual Scallopalooza and its set to be the biggest they've seen. Scallopalooza is an event filled with presentations and a live auction. All money raised goes toward restoration and several scallop releases. Scallops were at one time a staple of Sarasota Bay but they have become more scarce due to dredging and the depletion of natural sea grasses.  With Scallopalooza, Sarasota Bay watch hopes to return these native creatures to their original numbers. Last years Scallopalooza raised over $20,000 for Scallop restoration efforts. Let's try to surpass that number this year with a record turnout! More details to come soon.

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Friday, March 22, 2013 at 4:53:00 PM

NAUI Sponsors The 6th Annual Great Scallop Search!

NAUI’s Green Diver Initiative is proud to announce that it will be the primary sponsor for the 6th Annual Great Scallop Search! This event is held by Sarasota Bay Watch every year. Last year over 150 volunteers took out 40 boats for the search. The result was the recovery of 93 delicious scallops. This year hopes to be bigger and better than ever! Scalloping is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Scouring the sea grass for those little white scallops is enough to make even a novice snorkeler feel like an experienced explorer. It's not uncommon to also come across manatees, rays, several species of fish and even turtles! Just make sure you bring your net, fins, and mask. With your help, we hope to make these years Great Scallop Search the best yet! This year’s event will take place on August 17th 2013. Stay tuned for more details as they develop. Visit http://sarasotabaywatch.org for more info on the Sarasota Bay Watch orginization.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 3:57:00 PM

Being a Green Diver on land.

You've just finished a dive. You climb up the ladder on the boat and begin to remove all that water logged equipment. But after you get all of that water out of your ears, listen up! Just because you're done diving doesn't mean you're no longer a green diver. In fact, beach combing can be a great way to continue your pledge to the NAUI Green Diver Initiative. This is simply the act of picking up any litter you might find on the shores or beaches. If it's on the beach, there's a good chance that sooner or later that piece of trash will end up in the ocean. You can also conserve the amount of water you use at home,or simply recycle all your used paper and plastic. Small steps like this will ensure that our planet stays beautiful both in and out of the water.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 2:32:00 PM

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 2:31:00 PM

Green Diver Initiative makes Scuba more than just a hobby!

Diving with NAUI means that you are serious about learning the ins and outs of everything there is to know about scuba.  With our Green Diver Initiative you can simultaneously enjoy the thrill of scuba diving with the satisfying feeling of making a difference in the underwater community.  The best kinds of hobbies are the ones that benefit not just the participant, but the rest of the world. The NAUI Green Diver Initiative was designed with this in mind. Together we can make scuba diving more than just a hobby. We can make it a way to benefit future generations, and leave the planet a little better than the way we found it. The next time you are scuba diving, make a conscience effort to collect any trash you might find. This might seem frivolous but just remember that even removing one piece of trash could conceivably save hundreds of fish.  Scuba Diving with NAUI is all about safety and having fun. By becoming a member of the Green Diver Initiative, you are going the extra step by combining that fun with a serious commitment to the environment.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 4:42:00 PM

Being a NAUI Green Diver gives you Peace of Mind!

           One of the great things about diving is the sense of peace one gets when they begin their descent into the world beneath the water. The sounds of boat propellers, human chatter, and squawking seagulls give way to the near silent and calming sounds of a marine ecosystem. Additionally, we are exposed to all sorts of beautiful reefs, brightly colored fish and sea grasses swaying below our feet. Our world is turned into a tranquil paradise in a matter of moments. This is perhaps one of the reasons we dive in the first place. It’s a way to escape the turbulent, unpredictable and sometimes chaotic lives we leave above the surface.

            It then becomes our responsibility to keep this tranquil paradise clean and free of trash and litter that can visually ruin or destroy the underwater environment. We should consider ourselves guests of the aquatic habitat. When we scuba dive we are essentially paying a visit to our closest neighbors. You wouldn’t leave Styrofoam cups, plastic bags, and empty soda cans strewn about your neighbor’s home after visiting. However some people choose to abandon this notion when scuba diving. Join the NAUI Green Diver Initiative in helping to keep our world’s oceans safe and clean. By doing this we will also maintain our oceans as inviting and peaceful places to be when we need that last minute escape!

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