As the Cayman Islands’ greatest natural resource, home to nearly all of our gorgeous fish, and our protection in the case of any natural disaster, it is essential that coral reefs are preserved and treated with respect.
Divers can responsibly explore the spectacular reefs by following these small steps:
Never touch the coral — Whether done intentionally or by mistake, touching the coral can cause permanent damage. Never take pieces of coral as souvenirs. Keep control over your buoyancy so you don’t accidentally touch the reef. Remain aware of your fins and other diving equipment – make sure nothing is hanging loose which could brush against the reef.
Use reef-friendly sunscreens — Recent studies suggest that most contemporary sunscreens, particularly spray sunscreen, contain damaging chemicals (oxybenzone and oxtinoxate) which is toxic to coral and even in tiny doses can stunt coral growth, cause coral bleaching and affect marine creatures like shrimp and clams. Instead, use rash guards and reef-friendly sunscreen when you are in the water. Reef-friendly sunscreens can be purchaesed from Foster’s, Kirk Market and Le Visage.