A wonderful article by Steve Lewis on Diving the Bell Island Wrecks and the Iron Ore Mine! http://t.co/VkO1htl9A8
Conservation and Protection
Ocean Quest is dedicated to the conservation and active protection of our marine resources. As a tourism business, we thrive on their unparalleled quality and protecting them is a necessity. Ocean Quest does this in a variety of ways.
"Take only pictures, leave only bubbles"
This is a key philosophy of ours. Simply put, nothing comes out of the water and nothing gets left behind. All of our visitors are briefed in this mantra and we exercise a zero tolerance policy on our charters. Marine life is for viewing, not interacting, and one of the key draws of Newfoundland shipwrecks are their unspoiled nature, often with personal effects in situ. We should note that it is legal to harvest some types of marine life, namely scallops, but proper licenses must be purchased, and Ocean Quest ensures that visitors adhere to these laws.
Education - Every day, in every way, in everything we say
The major component of conservation is education. Not only do we practice it, we ensure that everyone learns it so they can practice it. This idea is in ingrained in our day-to-day operations, and no aspect of our business is untouched by it. Because we deal so closely with the ocean, conservation and protection is the first and final word of every matter at Ocean Quest.
Shipwreck Discovery Policy
Ocean Quest offers the unique experience of offering visitors the chance to dive shipwrecks that have never been seen before by divers. Newfoundland and Labrador has over 9,000 wrecks unaccounted for, so there's no shortage! But with every discovery of a potential historic resource, there is a lot to be done. Our policy takes into account the various laws that may apply to a newly discovered shipwreck. It goes beyond official law though, were we have procedures where we can deliver information and media to local communities so they can take ownership and protect these shipwrecks.
Ocean Quest and Ocean Net
Not only is Rick Stanley the owner of the province's most successful recreational scuba facility, he is also a co-founder of Ocean Net, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the ocean. Ocean Net organizes beach and underwater cleanups, events in which Ocean Quest staff regularly participate.
Environmentally Friendly Business
Not only is Ocean Quest actively helping the ocean, we also ensure that we have minimal impact to the environment on the whole. Our office policies are designed to reduce waste and to use recyclable materials, our indoor pool is heated in part by solar energy, and using compost in gardens on our premises.
The Social Bottom Line
Conservation and protection our philosophies not restricted to the environmental and historic resources. Ocean Quest supports small local businesses wherever possible and our province-wide expeditions spreads tourism revenues to communities throughout the province. Ocean Quest owner, Rick Stanley, sits on many boards of organizations dedicated to economic and social development in the region.
Ocean Quest and Terra Nova Park
In 2008, Ocean Quest began offering adventures in Terra Nova National Park. With our partners, Coastal Connections Boat Tours, we are dedicated to enforcing Parks Canada policies beyond the the park's border (the low tide mark) and extended it into out purview, the ocean!