On 29 June 2017, about 200 dive and conservation enthusiasts turned up for S.E.A. Aquarium Society’s second networking event of the year, featuring Jonn Lu, campaign leader of I’m FINished with FINS, and representatives from the Interbank Diving Club.
Kelly Timmins, Senior Manager of Conservation & Education at S.E.A. Aquarium, got the ball rolling by speaking about the aquarium’s latest conservation arm called S.E.A. Aquarium Society, and showcasing its current and upcoming initiatives.
Jonn Lu gave an inspiring presentation on I’m FINished with FINS which was the most viral shark conservation campaign in the world, with over 750 celebrity ambassadors.
He shared many interesting insights about the shark finning industry, and even tips on how to politely reject a bowl of shark’s fin soup while at the same time educate others on the importance of not consuming shark’s fin.
Decline it (the soup) and keep quiet. Before long, someone will ask you why you’re not eating the soup. That’s when you share. Don’t preach, don’t shame. Share what you know. Educate and be patient. It took my father five years to get it. But he finally got it.
Members of the Interbank Diving Club also took to the stage to share their passion for scuba diving, and how scuba diving best practices are part of marine conservation.
One of the speakers, Rahul, spoke about how divers like themselves have an obligation and responsibility towards marine conservation. He believes that it is important for divers to take a pledge, no matter how small, to do their part for marine conservation. It could be something as simple as not using plastic straws.
We don’t need to wait for a reef cleanup to do our bit for the ocean. Even during leisure dives, we should pick up litter we see underwater and dispose them in a safe and responsible manner when we return to land.
——– Rahul Bala
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