Divers can create a lot of damage to the reefs as discussed in the articles listed below
Hawkins J & Roberts C.M., 1992,, Efffects of recreational SCUBA diving on the fore reef slope communities of coral reefs, in Biological conservation, Vol. 62, pp.1711-178.
Prior M, Ormond R., Hitchen R. & Wormold C., 1995, The impact on natural resources of activity tourism: A case study of diving in Egypt, in International Journal of Environmental Studies, Vol. 48, pp. 201-209.
Talge H., 1992, Impact of recreational divers on scleratinian corals at Looe Key, Florida, Proceedings of the Seventh International Coral Reef Symposium, Guam, Vol. 2, pp. 1077-1082.
Different methods can be used to try to minimise the damage caused by divers as discussed in these articles:
Medio D., Ormond R.F.G. & Pearson M., 1997, Effects of divers briefings on rates of damage to corals by scuba divers, in Biological conservation, Vol. 79, pp. 91-95.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1996, Strategy for Stewardship: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: Final Management Plan/Environmentalk Impact Statement, Vol.1-3.
Hunter C. & Maragos J., 1992, Methodology for involving recreational divers in long term monitoring of coral reefs, in Pacific Science, Vol. 46, pp. 381-3382.
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