Environmental concerns are something we are all quite familiar in these days, and a lot of attention is being focused into how individuals can minimize their impact on the world around us in order to preserve it for future generations.
The Red Sea is a rich coral sea, which is home to over 200 recorded species of hard corals, over 1200 species of fish, 10% of which are endemic to the Red Sea, and of course many marine mammals. This is of one of the main reasons why so many people visit the Red Sea, to admire its astounding beauty.
The Red Sea is especially interesting, as the corals found here are diverse and hardy, they have adapted to live in the Red Sea where temperatures have a range of about 10°C (from 20°C-30°C) over the year.
In order to minimize our impact on the environment we can follow some simple procedures to help maintain healthy reef systems while visiting.
Since many years TGI is cooperating in different local projects, with the goal to preserve the amazing environment we are lucky to live in and love to work with.
Since 2021 we decided to be even more involved entering a partnership with an international NGO, sharing their knowledge and activities, offering our help pursuing the common purpose: protect the Red Sea.
RED SEA PROJECT™ is an International non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of marine ecosystems and biodiversity.
The activities of RSP range from on-field researches, data collection with citizen science concept, educational programs with active and interactive presentations and digital didactic material available free of charge, to tangible conservation actions including code of conduct and training classes for the local and international key players that in the Red Sea live, work and from the Red Sea take so much.
Find out more about Red Sea Project on https://www.redsea-project.com/
At our diving center in Gorgonia Beach Resort you will have the opportunity of attending weekly presentations in multiple languages about marine mammals, turtles and sharks, but also you will have the possibility of being involved in seasonal ecology programs and participate to our periodical beach clean ups!
Do you want to help?
Start from these simple rules!
“Take only photos leave only bubbles”! Divers and snorkelers should avoid touching or walking on corals, or collecting corals or shells as keepsakes. Corals are living organisms made up of tiny polyps which in their process of life deposit calcium which forms the hard coral skeleton, the living polyps give the corals their colors. Touching corals can pass bacteria to them which in turn can kill off the polyps so the corals die, it can also break the structures, which grow very slowly (from 0.5 to 5 cm per year on average depending on the species). Many corals also contain toxins which can cause a painful wound or rash when touched. It is recommended that divers do not wear gloves when diving on the coral reefs, this removes the temptation to touch.
Avoid feeding the fish, feeding fish can cause imbalances in the food chain, and in some cases can cause an association of divers/snorkelers/boats with food. The food that we might give is not the natural food sauce of the animals, this can also cause health problems for the animals.
Do not throw rubbish, if the area you are visiting does not have waste disposal facilities then take any rubbish away with you where it can be disposed of properly.
If you see rubbish in the water if possible collect it, much of the waste that we produce unfortunately ends up in the sea, many things can be mistaken as food and consumed by animals, or cause animals to become tangled and eventually die. When collecting any rubbish be sure to check that it has not become encrusted in coral or have anything living in it, if it does it may be better to leave it in place.
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To ensure conservation of marine turtles in the red sea, RED SEA TURTLES PROJECT™ was put in place. TGI diving center partakes their work by providing them with support and engaging our guests as citizen scientists. In TGI diving center, we are involved in this project to ensure that the sea turtles population remains healthy in face of so many new challenges and therefore by fulfilling our role in the protection of these endangered animals.
Get involved in the RED SEA TURTLES PROJECT™ by sharing your turtles sightings:
Read more about RED SEA TURTLES PROJECT™:
Download your FREE copy in High-Resolution of the Turtles Conservation Digital Tools from the E-Library:
TGI diving center is supporting RED SEA DOLPHINS PROJECT™ which is focused on the conservation of cetaceans in the Red Sea. To do so, we contribute to their project on a daily basis in every way possible and try to highlight to our snorkelers and divers their role in cetaceans protection by following the code of conduct and best practices and how they can partake in this project as citizen scientists.
Get involved in the RED DOLPHINS PROJECT™ by sharing your cetaceans sightings:
Read more about RED SEA DOLPHINS PROJECT™:
Download your FREE copy in High-Resolution of the Dolphins Conservation Digital Tools from the E-Library:
Coral reefs are perhaps the Red Sea’s most distinct and sensitive habitat, by far supporting the greatest biodiversity in the area. The coral reefs of the Red Sea are composed of more than 200 species of scleractinian corals. Over 600 species of fish in the Red Sea live and depend on the coral reef, as well as many other pelagic species during migration seasons.
TGI Dive centers are involved in the RED SEA CORAL REEF PROJECT™ and their conservation efforts in various ways. Mainly by establishing permanent transect points at some of our locations such as in Gorgonia House Reef, Tulip House Reef and Sharm Fughieri from which volunteers and researchers conduct their coral reef health.
Marine debris is a global issue with impacts on marine organisms, ecological processes, aesthetics and economies. In an effort to limit this problem in the Red Sea TGI Diving centers in partnership with RED SEA MARINE DEBRIS PROJECT™ we organize regular beach and underwater cleanups and collect data of marine debris to contribute to international platforms. We also report to them any ghost nets and marine debris so they can be removed by trained professionals and strongly encourage our divers to do so as well.
Get involved by reporting marine debris:
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The Red Sea is home to several different marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, etc. TGI Dive Center supports the RED SEA MARINE ECOSYSTEMS PROJECT™ in their effort to conserve these ecosystems by raising awareness on the main threats they face, their importance and by communicating to our divers how they can play an important role in this project.
Read more about RED SEA MARINE ECOSYSTEMS PROJECT™:
Download your FREE copy in High-Resolution of the Marine Ecosystems Conservation Digital Tools from the E-Library:
RED SEA SHARKS PROJECT™ has been established in the Red Sea to conserve shark biodiversity in the Red Sea. At TGI Dive center, we provide them with all necessary data we are able to collect as well as raise awareness on these often misunderstood species. We therefore try to communicate to our divers why such species are essential to the conservation of marine ecosystems in the Red Sea and how they can take part in their conservation and include the code of conduct for diving with sharks in our briefings.
Get involved in the RED SHARKS PROJECT™ by sharing your sharks sightings:
Read more about RED SEA SHARKS PROJECT™:
Download your FREE copy in High-Resolution of the Sharks Conservation Digital Tools from the E-Library: