Do you know what sunscreen is ?

Protecting your skin is something very important to take into consideration, especially to reduce the expose of harmful UV-rays that in some cases can cause skin cancer.

Sunscreen contains different ingredients that can be harmful when entering the water since it washes off our bodies and remains in the water column.

One of the main ingredients used in the production of sunscreen is Oxybenzone, this UV-filtering chemical compound is found in more than 3,500 brands of sunscreen and can have a fatal impact on young coral reefs.

Bleaching of coral reefs became a worldwide issue due to human activities, one of them being the use of sunscreen.

During the beginning of the year Palau became the first Pacific island to ban harmful sunscreens containing one of the 10 chemicals that are harmful to corals. A 1,000$ fine will be charged to establishments selling sunscreen that contain these chemicals. Tourist bringing into the country these products may be facing confiscation from authorities at customs.

This are exciting news since Palau is one of the main destinations for divers around the world. Taking care of our oceans has become a priority for certain countries.

So next time you are planning on some outdoor activities or visiting a country where sun exposure is higher, remember to use coral friendly products.

But also remember that protection for your skin is essential. =)

Anaïs Builly

About Anaïs Builly

Anais Builly is Marine Biologist and Master of Biology, Ecology and Ecosystems, and of Bioproducts & Bioproduction of Marine Ecosystems, studied in France and South Africa. She is also Marine Wildlife Guide & Community Manager at TERRA AZUL. She is passionate about conservation of marine mammals, and loves being out in the ocean everyday.

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