A new initiative, “Divers For Turtles,” has launched with the aim of turning the scuba diving industry into a force for turtle conservation worldwide.
According to Brad Nahill, SEE Turtles president and co-founder:
“Divers and the dive industry can be a force for sea turtle conservation. This new initiative will help to end demand for turtleshell products, save endangered hatchlings, and improve diving practices around the world.”
Divers For Turtles want to help the dive industry help turtle conservation through the following means:
- Providing information for turtle observation both in and out of the water.
- Promote and inform volunteers on how to engage in citizen science.
- Help and support critical conservation activities.
The initiative will also be launching Sea Turtle ID, which aims to educate and inform divers. The proceeds of Sea Turtle ID will go towards the protection of the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle and help combat the menace of the turtle shell trade.
Coinciding with the launch, Divers For Turtles is announcing a photo contest where participants are encouraged to submit their best images.