A photographic & film study on the all-encompassing impact dive tourism has on different marine ecosystems. Comparing easily accessible and frequented locations to those that are more remote and less visited.
Dahab, Egypt -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/19/2013 -- The influx of tourists to previously pristine and untouched locations is greatly affected by a modern age where travel has become increasingly more affordable and accessible even to remote parts of the world. Most recreational sport divers pride themselves on being responsible ambassadors of the underwater world, but sadly damage is still being inflicted on fragile reefs and marine life throughout the worlds oceans in places where standards go unchecked and the sheer volume of people visiting a specific location inadvertently leaves a trail of devastation.
It is also important to understand how dive tourism can have a seemingly less direct impact, yet even more damaging than that which is inflicted by recreational water users. A location which in years past was nothing more than a secluded village, island, or at times so remote that no human had any reason to be there, when dive tourism puts a location like this 'on the map' it leads to further developments. This usually takes the form of restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and a whole host of other facilities which provide services to cater for visiting divers and tourists. This increase in human activity is inadvertently fueled by easier routes and means to access these places for tourists (flights, ferries, buses etc) as well as by locals flocking to a new tourist 'hot spot' in order to find work or establish businesses to gain from this new opportunity. Although this has great benefits for the country and its economy, the direct result in most of these locations (especially in underdeveloped countries) is a massive spike in the waste being produced and in most cases this ends up as pollution in the oceans they are surrounded by.
With this project Jacques de Vos aims to create a visual report of how this increase in tourist traffic to popular dive locations has affected the marine ecosystem by comparing some of the most visited recreational dive sites in the world (ex: Red Sea - Egypt, Thailand and Philippines) to much more remote and less frequented locations like those around the pristine Solomon Islands. Using both film and photographic images he intends to create a high impact, yet very simple side-by-side comparison for people to understand how irreversible the impact tourism has on the ever diminishing reefs and marine life.
The cost of travel to planned locations is extremely high, especially remote areas like the Solomon Islands. Planned locations are Thailand, South Africa, Philippines, Egypt (Sinai and Marsa Alam area), Bahamas and Solomon Islands. In addition to this the insurance, accommodation, gear rental, dive operator expenses etc are also required. For the use of this project one additional DSLR camera body will be purchased along with some peripherals like additional storage media drives/cards, camera flight case etc.
This campaign will receive all funds raised even if it does not reach its goal. Funding duration: August 08, 2013 - September 25, 2013 (11:59pm PT).
Indiegogo Page: http://bit.ly/14zvdcf
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