1. Do not purchase souvenirs made from coral or any
threatened or endangered marine species.
2. Support the establishment of coral reef protected
areas and encourage better protection and
management for those that exist.
3. While traveling, choose resorts and tour operators
that properly treat all sewage and wastewater.
4. While operating a boat, navigate carefully to
avoid contact with coral reefs and other vulnerable
ecosystems such as seagrass beds and maintain
engine equipment to prevent oil and gas spills.
5. As a diver or snorkeler, choose tour operators
that use mooring buoys or drift diving techniques
whenever possible rather than anchors that can
cause reef damage.
6. Make wise choices in selecting seafood by avoiding
menu items that are caught or farmed using
destructive or unsustainable practices including reefkilling
poisons, explosives, and illegal equipment.
7. Join Project AWARE’s CoralWatch Monitoring
Program and report data online at
8. As a diver, practice buoyancy control skills in a
pool or sandy area before diving near a coral reef.
Make sure your gauges and equipment are secured
to avoid accidental contact with the reef, and never
touch, stand on or collect coral. Be an AWARE
9. Report all damage of coral reefs to dive operators
and scientific or conservation groups that monitor
coral reef health.
10. Enroll in an AWARE Specialty course like AWARE
Coral Reef Conservation with a PADI Professional
to increase your knowledge about coral reefs and
other aquatic environments.