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Dive Paradise Cozumel Encourages Citizen Scientists to Gather Data for Conservation

Dive Paradise Cozumel has a new focus on gathering scientific data on Cozumel’s legendary marine environment with the help of volunteers thanks to a new partnership with non-profit organisation Cozumel Ocean Research.

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Dive Paradise Cozumel has a new focus on gathering scientific data on Cozumel’s legendary marine environment with the help of volunteers thanks to a new partnership with non-profit organisation Cozumel Ocean Research.

“Dive Paradise has long been a staunch supporter of efforts to better understand and safeguard the marine environment,” said Michael Penwarden, CEO of Dive Paradise, Inc. (pictured).

“We are excited that this opportunity provides our customers with a unique way to participate as volunteer ‘citizen scientists’ giving them a memorable chance to connect even more deeply with Cozumel’s underwater ecosystem.”

Boat dives will be complimentary on a space available basis for local Cozumel Ocean Research volunteers, also known as ‘citizen scientists’, and for personnel from the non-profit who are diving to monitor turtles and eagle rays. Dive Paradise is hoping to encourage its customers to become volunteers, which will enable them to learn how to monitor and submit reports about their own dives.

Knowledge gained from the data will be used by Cozumel Ocean Research for conservation and educational campaigns for the Mexican island of Cozumel.

“We are so grateful and excited! This is a big move on behalf of Dive Paradise to take action for change,” said Liang Chen, Cozumel Ocean Research founder.

“This generous support will help us move toward our goal of strengthening various strategic goals: protection for spotted eagle rays, spotted eagle ray monitoring, promotion of good practices on the reef and the impact of tourism on the coral reef projects which we run in collaboration with National Government Institutions and International Marine Laboratories.”

In October, a percentage of all diving bookings made with Dive Paradise were donated to Cozumel Ocean Research, which is an NGO.

Check out more information about dive operator Dive Paradise here: https://diveparadise.com/

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Lorna Dockerill
Lorna Dockerill
Lorna fell in love with scuba diving back in 2011 during a trip to Thailand and Australia. Having always dreamt of seeing a sea turtle in the wild, her dream was realised on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef while training to become a certified diver. Since then she’s developed a passion for the natural world, writing about wildlife photography – both the on land and underwater kind – for the past eight years.

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