Diving is a sport that has really taken off in the last fifty years. With groups like PADI and BSAC allowing more and more people to take up diving, there are more divers than ever. These divers are travelling the world seeing the sights which for so long have been unseen in marine ecosystems.
In places like the Red Sea, off of the shores of Sharm El Sheik in particular, divers are now flocking to see coral reefs and large numbers of fish. The currents moving around this area carry lots of nutrients which cause an abundance of fish to come there to breed.
However, to go diving and see these sights is to share the sight with hundreds of other divers. Several dive boats pull up to the same sites with three boats sitting at each mooring. A current limitation is set, although several moorings are often at each site meaning overcrowding can occur. The abundance of fish, whilst still appearing large is believed to have decreased over the last forty years.
People have the right to see these animals living in this environment, and the educational value of diving is high, but are the number of divers and boats affecting the marine ecology? Should there be more limitations in the numbers of divers set up to protect these areas?