Grassroots conservation
Image of Melissa with 10 others at the grassroots convention

March 17, 2020


Green Fins initiative – implemented internationally by The Reef-World Foundation and the UN Environment Programme – reduces the negative environmental impacts associated with marine tourism. The initiative protects coral reefs through the only internationally recognised environmental standards for diving and snorkelling and robust assessments to measure compliance.

Green Fins encourages and empowers the diving industry to reduce the pressures on coral reefs by offering practical, low-cost alternatives to harmful practices and providing strategic training, support and resources. By reducing the local pressures tourism puts on coral reefs, it helps make corals healthier and more resilient to other stresses.

Melissa has been a certified Green Fins Assessor since April 2019 and is also a Green Fins Assistant Assessor Trainer. As part of this role, she supports training and capacity building for government and NGO staff in Green Fins teams around the world including:

  • Carrying out 12+ Green Fins dive and snorkel assessments across tourism hotspots in Malaysia (Tioman Island), the Philippines (Malapascua, Anilao, Dauin) and Indonesia (Ambon, Bali)
  • Supporting the training and capacity building of 18+ government staff as Green Fins assessors and coordinators in Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia
  • Conducting a scoping trip to Okinawa to assess the possibility of launching Green Fins Japan

Melissa was Reef-World’s Communications Manager from March 2019 to February 2021

Ready to chat?


Great to hear you're interested in working together - I'm always keen to hear about exciting new stories from marine conservationists, potential commissions from editors and suitable briefs from prospective clients.

So, let's chat. You can send me an email (I aim to respond within three working days, usually sooner) or book a call below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Melissa holding a ginger cat and standing on a wooden balcony with the blue ocena behind her

Please note: due to high demand, I often have a wait time for new clients and cannot guarantee last-minute availability.

As such, please give as much notice as possible for your projects. Thank you!

Or book a call:

I do not work with the fossil fuel industry. If that's you, please look for support elsewhere. Thank you.

The Ocean Writer Ltd. Registered company number: 14772669

Black text on a white background reading Proudly Supporting Project Seagrass. There are green circles swirling around the word project

I support Project Seagrass by donating 1% of every cleared payment from my services via Work for Good

N.B. I do not work with the fossil fuel industry. If that's you, please look for support elsewhere. Thank you.

Wind powered Green Hosting
Banner readers ABSW (Association of British Science Writers) member 2023