Lembongan Marine Association is an organization set up by local dive shops to safeguard the local marine area of Nusa Lembongan, Cenigan and Nusa Penida.
It aims to improve safety and awareness of diving in Lembongan, Cenigan and Nusa Penida. One of the first projects that LMA put in place was to provide dive resort staff access to a free First Aid course. The course has the same content as the PADI Emergency First Responder course and has been a great success. All of Blue Corners staff has attended and are qualified Emergency First Responders, so you can feel safe around here :)
LMA work together with Aquatic Alliance on a number of environmental causes including educational talks, free for everyone to enjoy, and training courses for divers on appropriate behavior around Manta Rays and Molas.
LMA also agreed on a set of standards for good tourist behavior, which are the following:
1. BE A ROLE MODEL
and set a good example of how your own interactions with the environment can make a difference, then watch as other people learn from you.
2. DO NOT THROW ANYTHING DOWN THE TOILET
most non-organic waste will clog the septic tanks causing tainted water to flow into the land, sea and into wells.
3. REFILL YOUR WATER BOTTLE
it will save you money and is a super easy way to be green. Ask your hotel restaurant for a refill from the "gallon", they'll know what you mean.
4. SAVE WATER
by trying turning it off when not in use. We live on a small island and water is precious.
5. SWITCH OFF YOUR AC, FAN AND LIGHTS
when you leave the room, just like you do, or should be doing, at home.
6. THROW RUBBISH IN BINS
and encourage responsible behavior by walking the few extra steps to collect rubbish and toss it in a bin. Better yet, don't by plastic products or use plastic bags. There are locations that will properly recycle your trash, ask your hotel or dive shop for more info.
7. DO NOT PURCHASE ANY SEA SHELLS OR CORAL PRODUCTS
or collect sea shells or coral from the ocean. Our guests come from around the world to see our sea life and it should stay here. Buying shells only creates a marked for more, and guess what, even tho you are just one person, you DO make a difference.
8. DO NOT TOUCH OR WALK ON THE REEF
coral and other animals are very fragile and grow slowly. Touching or kicking anything in the marine ecosystem will damage it so please respect their space, watch from a distance, and remember; good bouyancy.
9. REPORT ANY ENVIRONMENTAL DISTRUCTION
like touching environmental life, walking on reefs, boat anchoring and discarding trash, these actions are usually done out of ignorance so help others to understand that eco-approperiate behavior is critical by explaining how we can respect and look after the environment. You can also report offenses to your hotel or dive shop and remember; a picture is worth a thousand words.
10. GET INVOLVED
want to know how? Just ask!