Green Fins, an initiative by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and The Reef-World Foundation, was first implemented in Thailand in 2004. Supported by Governments, NGOs and local communities, Green Fins aim to increase public awareness and management practices to conserve coral reefs and reduce unsustainable tourism practices.
It is the first and world's only assessed environmental set of standards for SCUBA diving and snorkelling centres. Those centres who agree to follow the Code of Conduct have to undergo a training session followed by an assessment of their dive centre at least once a year to ensure that they are minimising their environmental impact.
Green Fins is free to join and is open to any dive or snorkel operator in any of the participating countries.
Green Fins Malaysia was first introduced in 2009. In 2014, collaborations were established between Green Fins, the Department of Marine Parks Malaysia (DMPM) and Reef Check Malaysia to rejuvenate the project.
To strengthen our advocacy efforts, RCM is now part of the National Management Team of Green Fins, which is an international programme that promotes green diving and snorkelling etiquette. This is primarily done through the adoption of a 15-point Code of Conduct that will help dive operators to mitigate their impacts when carrying out marine tourism activities. Annual assessments will be carried out and those showing annual improvement in following the Code of Conduct are awarded certificates, allowing tourists to choose environmentally responsible options.
To date, more than 33 dive centres are members of Green Fins Malaysia and 5 RCM staff are certified Green Fins assessors. The Green Fins programme is part of our effort to promote sustainable diving to reduce the impact of tourists on coral reefs.
If you are a dive or snorkel operator in Malaysia, click here to become a Green Fins Member.
If you are diving or snorkelling in Malaysia, click here to find out where Green Fins members are located.