With ‘sustainability’ being the buzzword of 2023, try to stay vigilant of the organisations who fall foul to greenwashing – whether they realise it or not. However, there are plenty of authentic and inspiring companies who put ocean conservation at the helm of their work, and you can support them on your travels.
In the Bahamas, Coral Vita is the Earthshot prize-winning organisation fighting to restore the world’s dying coral reefs by using the power of science. The team here grow resilient corals that can withstand the higher temperatures caused by climate change, and outplant them into degraded reefs. Book a guided tour at the centre and the experienced coral technicians will teach you about the incredible work which takes place. You can even adopt your own coral fragment and be a part of its journey as it grows.
Coral conservation projects are also underway in the Sunshine State. With the Florida Keys’ inviting waters being home to the world’s third largest barrier reef system, it’s no wonder they’re prioritising efforts to protect it. The Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) are raising more than 20 different species of coral in nurseries, and replanting them into damaged environments. The CRF also work with a local dive programme that allows visitors to get involved with their restoration programme. While in the Keys, it's worth nothing that Marathon is home to the world’s only designated Turtle Hospital, taking in injured turtles, treating them, and releasing them back into their natural habitat. Visitors are welcome to tour the facilities.
Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea’s 28,000 sq km coastline has been relatively unspoilt for years – and it plans to stay that way. Red Sea Global is developing only 1% of its land for tourism, while 75% of its islands will be preserved for conservation. They plan to grow more than 25 million plants, and enhance the existing underwater ecosystem of mangroves, coral and seagrass.