Promote Voluntary Standards

In both the Mesoamerican region and Hawai’i, CORAL has worked with communities to establish voluntary standards for marine recreation. The standards are designed to promote better behavior on and around reefs, reducing damage and stress to reefs and marine animals.

In the Mesoamerican region, CORAL worked with multiple stakeholders–the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), and marine tourism operators in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras–to implement voluntary standards, the first effort of this kind.

CORAL’s Voluntary Standards for Marine Recreation in the Mesoamerican Reef System provides detailed requirements for environmentally friendly and safety-conscious marine tourism businesses in the areas of diving, snorkeling, and boating.

The standards were crafted to be flexible and can be used by a variety of groups, including:

  • Concerned tourists: to help them choose sustainable and safe marine excursions
  • Marine tourism businesses: to evaluate and improve their own practices
  • Non-governmental organizations and governments: as a basis for creating their own standards
  • Bulk purchasers like cruise ships: to select sustainable and safe business partners

Download: Voluntary Standards for Marine Recreation in the Mesoamerican Reef System (PDF 2 MB)

Descarga: Estandares Voluntarios para la Recreacion Marina Sustentable en Mesoamerica (PDF 1.5 MB)

 We also helped establish voluntary standards for marine recreation in Hawai’i.