Code of Conduct
Why have a code of conduct?
A guiding philosophy for community-based underwater research groups in NSW is to minimise the impact on the underwater environment when conducting group-driven activities. It’s essential that members strive, where possible, for passive interactions with biota, allowing marine creatures to guide and control the interaction where such interactions occur.
By ensuring that marine biota has ‘space’ and by interacting with them in a non-threatening way, group members are able to enjoy longer and often more spectacular encounters with them. Importantly, we minimise our impact on their natural behaviours.
A code of conduct is intended to be a central guide and reference for group members in support of day-to-day decision making regarding their interactions with seascapes, habitats and the biota that reside in marine ecosystems. It clarifies the organisation's mission, values and principles, linking them with standards of personal and group conduct. It can be considered binding on any person who is a member of a particular group.
Additionally, a code of conduct offers an invaluable opportunity for responsible organisations to create a positive public identity for themselves which can lead to a more supportive operational environment and an increased level of public confidence and trust among important constituencies and stakeholders.
The outcome of the adoption of a code of conduct can be simply thought of as a means to protect and conserve marine systems by establishing and implementing environmentally-friendly guidelines to promote positive conservation outcomes when conducting monitoring and research activities.