Ten Ways You Can Help Save the Ocean

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As you are probably aware, humans have affected the ocean in many negative ways. We have filled the oceans with trash, destroyed a lot of coral reefs, and over fished. It isn’t all negative, though because there are things you can do to help. These are ten ways you can help save the ocean.

 

  1. Make Sure You Are Aware of Your Carbon Footprint

 

One way of helping the ocean is by reducing the effects of climate change. You can do this by leaving the car at home when you can, for example, walk or bike more. If the distance is too far to do this, try to carpool with others. That way there are fewer cars on the road. Also, be conscious of your energy use. A few things you can do is take the stairs, take shorter showers, turn off the lights when you leave a room, don’t leave the fan on in a room you’re not in, etc.

 

  1. If You Eat Seafood, Be Aware of What You Are Eating

 

Global fish populations are becoming endangered due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When buying food or at a restaurant, help reduce the demand for over fished species by choosing seafood that is not over fished.

 

  1. Use Fewer Plastic Products

 

Plastics that end up as ocean debris are one of the main reasons for habitat destruction. They entangle and kill thousands and thousands of marine animals each year. To help, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in non-disposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bags when shopping, and recycle whenever possible.

 

  1. Help Take Care of the Beach

 

Whenever you go to the beach, always clean up after yourself. Also when in the ocean,  don’t interfere with wildlife or remove rocks and coral. You can go even further by encouraging others to respect the marine environment or by participating in local beach cleanups.

 

  1. Don’t Purchase Items That Affect Marine Life

 

Certain products contribute to the harm of coral reefs and marine populations. Avoid purchasing items such as coral jewelry, tortoiseshell hair accessories, and shark products.

 

  1. If You Own a Pet, Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner

 

Read pet food labels and take note of seafood sustainability when choosing a diet for your pet. Also, don’t flush cat litter because it can contain pathogens harmful to marine life. Don’t stock your aquarium with wild-caught saltwater fish, and never release any aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water. This can introduce non-native species harmful to the place where you released them.

 

  1. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean

 

Many institutes and organizations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. You can find a national organization and maybe donate money or volunteer for work. If you live near the ocean, you can join a local branch or group and get involved in projects close to where you live..

 

  1. Help to Influence Change in Your Community

 

You can consider make people aware of restaurants and grocery stores that offer only maintainable seafood, and speak up about your concerns if you see a threatened species on the menu or at the seafood counter. You could also start programs for beach cleanups if there are none. Another idea is to write a letter about your concerns and send it to your local newspaper or mayor.

 

  1. Travel the Ocean Responsibly

 

If you boat, kayak, or do other activities on the water, do it responsibly. Also, never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. If you take a cruise, do some research to find the most ecofriendly option.

 

  1. Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life

 

All life on Earth is connected to the ocean. The more you learn about the issues facing it, the more you’ll want to help with it’s health. Share this knowledge to inform and inspire others.

 

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