About The Folkestone Marine Reserve

Things that you should not do in the Folkestone Marine Reserve.

  • Do not touch or take any coral, fish or marine life.
  • Do not fish in the reserve or use spear guns, hooks, lines, traps or explosives to catch fish.
  • Do not disturb any turtle nesting sites, remove any turtle eggs or capture sea turtles.
  • Do not anchor on the reef.
  • Do not dump waste material in the water.
  • Do not damage any signs or buoys placed by the marine reserve administration.
  • Do not operate speed boats, jet skis or sailboats except in the Water sports zones.

Ten ways to help protect the Folkestone Marine Reserve

  1. Become a Junior Coral Reef Ambassador.
  2. Spread the word about the importance of coral reefs and marine organisms to your friends and family.
  3. Conserve water. The less water you use the less run-off and waste water that eventually find its way in to the marine environment.
  4. Be an educated consumer. Do not buy any objects made from coral particularly jewellery even if it was brought from another country. If the jewellery is from another country, you cannot be certain that the coral was harvested sustainably. Also refrain from buying marine aquarium fish.
  5. Do not pollute. Never put garbage or any waste material in the water. Don’t leave garbage on the beach.
  6. Recycle. Start a recycling programme at your school or in your community.
  7. Participate in gully or beach-cleanups to prevent waste materials from entering the marine environment. Encourage divers in your family to participate in underwater clean-ups.
  8. Get involved in projects related to the Folkestone Marine Reserve or the marine environment.
  9. Inform yourself. Learn about coral reefs, marine organisms and activities that can threaten marine life. Learn also about the laws protecting the marine reserve to ensure that others are following the laws.
  10. Discover the marine environment. Take an underwater trip in the Atlantis Submarine or take a glass bottom boat ride.