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Please Mind Your Manners Where When How Turks & Caicos Islands Visitors Guide to the Turks & Caicos Islands Publisher Ad Vantage Publications Editor in Chief -Brenda Zdenek Journalist -Sophie Newstead Design/Production -Brenda Zdenek Photography Lisa Adara Photography Food & Wine Writer Mandy Rostance-Wolf Distribution -Linville Williams Website -Caribique Ltd. ---MARINE ETIQUETTE We want you to have the finest possible experience in our land and sea marine parks, so please follow the rules. These guidelines will help you do just that, and also protect our sensitive environment. The Department of Environment and Marine Affairs has compiled do’s and don’ts for visitors to our National Parks – whether they be land or marine parks. These are in fact, laws, and breaking them carries a penalty. Please take a few moments to learn them, and help to protect our environment. NATIONAL PARK RULES & ETIQUETTE 1. Do not litter: Please remove all your trash including cigarette butts. Be mindful of the wind blowing trash into the sea. 2. It is illegal to remove corals, sand, shells and wildlife, whether dead or alive, from the beach or ocean. 3. No fishing of any kind is permitted in protected areas, including ‘catch and release,’ or conch and lobster fishing. 4. Do not feed any fish, birds and reptiles. 5. Do not walk on the sand dunes. Please stay on the walkways and watch out for iguana burrows on the uninhabited cays. 6. Dogs must be on a leash. 7. No open fires without a DEMA license. 8. Please keep noise to a minimum and be conscious of other visitors to our National Parks. AD VANTAGE LTD. PO Box 192 J105 The Regent Village Ventura Drive, Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands, BWI Tel 649-946-4815 Email info@wwhtci.com SNORKEL & DIVE ETIQUETTE 1. Do not stand on, touch, or break off the coral; it is a living animal and you will harm it. 2. Be mindful of where your fins are; try to keep your body horizontal and your fins up, to prevent coral damage. Also avoid kicking or stirring up the sand. The fine particles will smother and choke the living coral. 3. Do not feed, harass or remove the marine life, even if it appears dead. 4. Please use biodegradable suntan lotion whenever possible. 5. Allow adequate time for suntan l0tions to soak into skin before going into the water. 6. Watch out for boats and stay out of boat access lanes (marked by red and green markers) that go out at right angles from the beach in the Grace Bay area. Most hotels/resorts mark swimming areas with lines of white buoys. Stay inside these buoys. We hope you enjoy our land and sea sanctuaries, preserves and parks. Please “take only pictures, leave only bubbles or footprints” so we can welcome you back for years to come. I www.WhereWhenHow.com READ US ONLINE AT (ISSN 1560-2486) Prints over 90,000 copies annually which are distributed to visitors and residents throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands. Copies are placed in Hotel, Villa, Guest House rooms and selected Shops FREE of charge. Care has been taken to ensure correctness of information at press time. Information is subject to change without notice. Ad Vantage Ltd. accepts no responsibility for such alterations or for typographical errors or omissions. Copyright © 2017 by Ad Vantage Ltd. All rights reserved under Universal and Pan American Copyright Conventions. Entire contents of this book may not be reproduced in any manner without written permission of Ad Vantage Ltd. “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands” magazine is totally funded by the advertisers within. Your patronage of these advertisers is greatly appreciated. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED TO DATE 1, 8 4 6 , 7 2 0 MAGAZINES 8 • • • • • MARCH/APRIL 2017 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands”

Marine Etiquette

Please Mind Your Manners

We want you to have the finest possible experience in our land and sea marine parks, so please follow the rules. These guidelines will help you do just that, and also protect our sensitive environment.

The Department of Environment and Marine Affairs has compiled do’s and don’ts for visitors to our National Parks – whether they be land or marine parks. These are in fact, laws, and breaking them carries a penalty. Please take a few moments to learn them, and help to protect our environment.

NATIONAL PARK RULES & ETIQUETTE

1. Do not litter: Please remove all your trash including cigarette butts. Be mindful of the wind blowing trash into the sea.

2. It is illegal to remove corals, sand, shells and wildlife, whether dead or alive, from the beach or ocean.

3. No fishing of any kind is permitted in protected areas, including ‘catch and release,’ or conch and lobster fishing.

4. Do not feed any fish, birds and reptiles.

5. Do not walk on the sand dunes. Please stay on the walkways and watch out for iguana burrows on the uninhabited cays.

6. Dogs must be on a leash.

7. No open fires without a DEMA license.

8. Please keep noise to a minimum and be conscious of other visitors to our National Parks.

SNORKEL & DIVE ETIQUETTE

1. Do not stand on, touch, or break off the coral; it is a living animal and you will harm it.

2. Be mindful of where your fins are; try to keep your body horizontal and your fins up, to prevent coral damage. Also avoid kicking or stirring up the sand. The fine particles will smother and choke the living coral.

3. Do not feed, harass or remove the marine life, even if it appears dead.

4. Please use biodegradable suntan lotion whenever possible.

5. Allow adequate time for suntan lotions to soak into skin before going into the water.

6. Watch out for boats and stay out of boat access lanes (marked by red and green markers) that go out at right angles from the beach in the Grace Bay area. Most hotels/resorts mark swimming areas with lines of white buoys. Stay inside these buoys.

We hope you enjoy our land and sea sanctuaries, preserves and parks. Please “take only pictures, leave only bubbles or footprints” so we can welcome you back for years to come.

Read the full article at http://onlineissues.wherewhenhow.com/article/Marine+Etiquette/2721142/387443/article.html.

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