Our Ethics Statement
Never forget to act as a guest by trying to respect and understand, rather than judge the rules and customs of the locals. Think of wearing clothes adaptable to different circumstances and respectful of native customs. Where necessary, remember to ask permission before taking photos, entering sacred or private sites and remain courteous and polite. It is also normal to not show off riches such as jewels, money and luxury branded items.
Protect the environment, both above and below water, by reducing to a minimum the impact of our activities. Leave nothing behind which is non perishable and remember to take back things such as batteries, cigarette filters and plastic containers to name a few. Use a minimum of non renewable resources such as water and energy.
Never buy any souvenirs that are made from tortoise shell, coral or shells.
Our actions in the field and our support
Longitude 181 Association member :
The commitment of Abyssworld also translates to our support for the organisation Longitude 181. (Instigator of the International guidelines for responsible diver). We are ambassadors for this organisation at all our destinations. These ethics are distributed to all our clients before their departure and our guides ensure structures are put in place to help us respect these guidelines.
Mooring buoys :
Since our inception in 1991, Abyssworld continues both physically and financially to participate in the installation of mooring buoys at numerous sites throughout the Philippines.
Support for ecological projects :
In 2004 and 2005, Abyssworld financially supported the actions of the NGO "Reefkeepers" which organises the festival CIRCOP. This organisation contributes to the protection of our reefs and seas. In 2006 we chose to support the foundation Antinea which has as its objective, the study of our underwater environment to better implement process of protection. This was done aboard the vessel "Fleur de Passion" Each year Abyss continues to contribute to conservation programmes both financially and physically.
For future generations
Scholarship Funding for kids in the Philippines :
On a more social aspect, ABYSSWORLD has been funding the scholarship (secondary and university) of 15 of our Philippino mariners' kids for several years. They will therefore be able to provide for their own families in the future.
Funding for school excursions :
With a view of increasing public awareness of oceans protection, ABYSSWORLD contributes to this process by financing school excursions for French primary schools.
These excursions consist in visiting aquariums accompanied by a biology specialist in marine ecosystems. Once back in the classroom, the students participate actively to reflection workshops organised by their teachers.
For the last 3 years now, students of the Leon Blum school in Limoges have been visiting the Limousin Aquarium.
In 2007, students form the school " Le Lys de la Vallée ", in Saint Julien de Concelles visited the Croisic Ocearium.