To serve as a center for education and environmental awareness, we act as activists for the environment and the community, both in community activities and in public relations. Club divers are aware divers who understand the implications of unconscious behavior in the marine environment. Is to produce marine ambassadors, who will help disseminate knowledge about the state of the sea and the environment today. And how each person can help and together, we will all make real change.
We were the first Ecological Diving Club in the Land of Israel. This change came after we realized that we can influence and raise awareness among a large number of divers and friends who come to enjoy and dive with us.
Our club was an ecological business, and as part of being such a business, we are working to influence other businesses that take environmental responsibility. We offer each business that is our business environmental model to help guide the entry stage into this world.
We were a center that combines people of nature and nature, who act out of true love for everything around us. As soon as your foot is in the club, you'll feel it right away.
Our environmental activities -
Want to know what is happening at sea today?
Coral reefs account for less than 0.2 percent of the oceans, but directly and indirectly support 25 percent of marine animals. 100 million people depend on them directly, and are home to between 1-9 million different species. The coral reef in Eilat is among the northern tropical reefs of the world thanks to unique geographical conditions.
Greenhouse effect and rising sea surface temperature. As the population grows, the need to produce more food, means of transportation and construction increases. The rise in these needs is exacting a heavy price from the oceans. Energy production in the form of burning fuels releases carbon dioxide. Concentration of carbon in the atmosphere increases, so that heat and radiation from the Earth are released less into space (a effect known as the greenhouse effect). Therefore, the surface temperatures of the Earth and the oceans rise. In addition, carbon dioxide dissolves in ocean water and makes it more acidic. Hot and acidic sea causes tremendous damage to coral reefs in most parts of the world.
Coral bleaching. Coral bleaching is a process in which due to stress, such as high water temperatures and pollution, the coral emits the cooperative algae that live within it and produce 90% of its total food. If the stress is prolonged, the coral may starve to death. This process is called "coral bleaching" because after the coral algae releases it loses its color, which is usually the color of the cooperative algae that live within it. Coral reefs that once spread over vast areas underwent a massive whitewash that did not recover from it.
A sea of plastic. Plastic is a material first created 150 years ago and is now an integral part of every household economy, from kitchen and packaging containers to its presence as tiny plastic particles in cosmetics. However, plastic is not a natural substance that is consumed in short periods of time, so the disposable plastic industry causes tremendous damage. Every year 300 million tons of plastic are produced, half of which is disposable. More than 8 million tons of plastic drift into the sea each year. More than 90% of the plastic produced is not recycled. The times of waste disposal of plastic and plastics in particular are long and unimaginable - a biodegradable plastic bottle in 450 years; Thin plastic bag between 10-20 years; A disposable diaper within 450 years and a light drink in 200 years. Marine waste drifts along regular currents in the oceans until converging currents, creating huge debris islands in their dimensions - the plastic island lying between the coasts of California and Hawaii is three times the size of France. The presence of plastic in the sea should bother many, as the plastic climbs up the pyramid of food to our table. Table salt is a product of sea water, and recently these salts have been found to have microscopic plastic evidence.
Fishing over. In the past, oceans were thought to be an endless source of food, and indeed, the scale of fishing in the world was enormous. Fishing in massive masses was made possible by the use of Michmoret fishing vessels, which are based on towing a huge net behind the boat and the fish in the water column and even on the bottom. However, the Michmorans cause huge destruction of habitats and waste, since many fish that are not edible are also hunted for nothing. In recent years there has been a decline in the extent of fishing in Israel because there are fewer fish, while at the same time the industry has begun to worsen in order to rehabilitate the fish population.
Species extinction. The changing temperatures of the oceans, suffocation from various types of garbage, overfishing and destruction of habitats cause the rapid extinction of marine species.
What can you do?
Garbage collection and plastic in particular. Garbage disposal will reduce the amount of plastic in the sea. There are huge projects to reduce the plastic islands of various countries that are gaining momentum and are currently in use. You have been taken out of the garbage by diving, provided it is not a home or a platform for attachment to marine creatures.
Use a sunscreen less harmful to corals or wearing long sleeves and a hat. Sunscreen is an important preparation that protects our skin against skin cancer and aging and accelerated skin. However, the vast majority of Israeli defense products contain substances that severely damage the coral reef. These substances are similar in composition to the substances that elmog produces naturally, but the artificial substances in their high concentration cause hormonal changes in the coral, so that it does not develop properly. Enough concentration of a drop in an Olympic pool to damage the coral. Therefore, you should avoid protective agents containing the following substances: Benzophenone-3, Octinoxate, and Homosalate. A protective cream containing Zinc / Titanium Oxide is less harmful to corals if it is labeled Non-Nano. In general, the best and most healthy protection for corals is long sleeves and a hat.
Eating less fish and selecting fish from marine agriculture instead. Avoiding seabirds will reduce the need to use Michmoretans. Aquaculture fish are grown in specialized ponds and therefore less harmful to the environment in terms of overfishing.
Reducing the use of plastic as much as possible and recycling it. Use disposable bags and put the vegetables you buy in the supermarket together in the same bag. A disposable bottle reduces the use of disposable cups. Cosmetic products that contain plastic granules (toothpastes, peeling soaps) can be replaced with those containing granules of natural origin, such as shredded fruits. Recycled plastic and paper to reduce waste production from new raw materials.
Ecologically friendly diving. Be sure to secure the tubular tubes and dive with your hands close to the body to avoid entanglement, injury or breakage in delicate marine animals. Avoid hovering the sand by maintaining a balanced body position, and hovering the sand can clog the coral mouths and help too much the fish who feed on the creatures hiding in the sand to find their prey and thereby harm the ecological balance Avoid stones or seashells from the sea,
Dive with us. Join us for a variety of information activities for the club: guided dives including cleaning, "ecological diving" specialization and information classes in any specialization or club certification. Support for our community will help us spread the word to make a positive and green change in the Gulf of Eilat.