In July 2012 Sea-Changers commissioned an online survey aimed at the scuba diving public. We wanted to find out if those who enjoy diving as a leisure pursuit are concerned about the marine environment and conservation issues. The results have been fascinating and provide useful insights and pointers as to the views and first hand experiences of those closest to what is happening in our oceans – the only people who are seeing it with their own eyes– scuba divers.
For details of our methodology and the full results of the survey click on this link. If you would like to talk to us about the survey in more details please get in touch at: info@sea- changers.org.uk
To whet your appetite here are some key headlines that came out of the survey:
- Three quarters of divers describe themselves as ‘very concerned’ about marine conservation issues.
- There is evidence of growing concern about the marine environment over the last 5 years, and high proportions of divers say that they are seeing less fish and more marine pollution and litter when they dive.
- When divers are asked to identify what they consider to be the main environmental impacts of their sport, 3 in 5 (62%) identify ‘damage to delicate marine environment through poor buoyancy control’.
- Divers say that they are keen to minimise their own environmental impact and 93% say they would actively choose businesses that are working to protect the marine environment.
- Over three quarters (78%) of divers that took part in the survey agreed that they “would be prepared to pay a small donation (e.g. £1, $1, €1) each time they dive, to protect the marine environment.” This is a particularly encouraging finding for Sea-Changers since this kind of fundraising model is the charity’s primary approach to raising funds for marine conservation projects.