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Cyprus gets five new marine parks

06 February 2013 09:59

Five new marine parks costing a total of 1.5 million euro have been opened in Cyprus, taking the amount of wreck dives in the area to 16. The aim of the scheme is to improve growth and protection of marine life on the eastern Mediterranean island and encourage more visitors.

The setting up of the marine parks at Paphos, Limassol, Agia Napa, Protaras and Latchi involves the sinking of four large fishing boats between January and June. Snorkellers and divers visiting Cyprus, which has one of the Mediterranean's longest diving periods, will certainly find the new marine parks an attraction and for peace of mind should ensure they take out good sports travel insurance deals.

The point for the Cyprus Dive Centre Association was to boost awareness of the importance of underwater eco-systems and the association was committed to preservation and monitoring of sites, said its vice chairman Photos Socratous. Mr Socratous hailed the support the group received from the "Cyprus Tourism Organisation, the European Union and our Fisheries Department", and added: "We are thrilled that Cyprus' diving offering will be further improved."