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Oceanographer: pandemic has given me a newfound respect for nature

By Cristina Yuste

Madrid, Jul 7 (efe-epa).- Amelia Cánovas, an oceanographer, environmentalist and diving instructor, says the pandemic paralyzed her business but she now has a newfound respect for nature and her surroundings in the beautiful coastline of Cabo de Palos in south-eastern Spain.

Cánovas tells Efe she was forced to close her business for the first time in its history during the strict lockdown imposed in Spain.

The new protocols in place for economic sectors to relaunch are especially challenging for activities that are already complex.

“Technically it is a controlled challenge because we have the experience and we are even more aware of the importance of the information that we must give clients for their safety and that of the ecosystem,” the diver says.

“We are concerned about the impact that a greater influx of people who go out into nature with a certain lack of knowledge may have”, she adds.

But two decades of experience working on large scale events gives her a certain sense of ease.

“We will launch the same operation for small groups, with many professionals, environmental educators and physical trainers.”

“There are not as many restrictions as in a closed facility and we are very used to risk management,” the oceanographer continues.

When the Spanish government declared a state of alarm over the Covid-19 pandemic, groups of people were arriving at the diving center and they were turned away.

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