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TOP TEN WAYS TO PROTECT THE OCEAN!

The ocean needs your help!

  1. Support marine rescue and research facilities…
    Volunteering your time or making a donation at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, or any other rescue facility, helps to maintain their mission of protecting the oceans and the marine life that inhabits them.

  2. Use environmentally safe cleaning products…
    Chemicals find their way into our waters by way of intentional dumping or unintentional run-off from local streets. Finding earth-friendly cleaning products is becoming easier every day, and using them can help reduce this chemical waste.

  3. Eliminate plastic waste and use reusable bags…
    Sewers, streams and rivers all lead to the ocean – dispose of your fishing lines, nets, balloons, plastic and any other litter at all times. These items end up in the ocean and can be mistaken for food, which often causes animals to starve or choke from ingestion.

  4. Conserve energy and reduce your carbon footprint…
    Carpool, bike or use public transportation to reduce air pollution. At home, you can use compact fluorescent light bulbs, fans in warmer weather, and additional clothing layers or blankets in colder weather to avoid oversetting your thermostat and wasting energy.

  5. Avoid products that are made from animals…
    Personal cosmetics may contain animal by-products, such as shark squalene, and souvenir gifts and jewelry are sometimes made from only one portion of an animal. These practices encourage marine animal poaching, and their remains are wasted after the desired element is used. Check the labels on items you buy, and avoid supporting companies that operate in this manner.

  6. Don't feed sea birds, dolphins or turtles…
    Although you feel you are helping, feeding wild animals can make them very sick and prone to boat and fishing line injuries. Marine creatures have memory and can learn to associate humans as a source of food. It is harmful for them to depend on handouts from humans, and conditioning wild animals can affect their natural instincts by malnourishment, stress and/or death.

  7. Conserve Water whenever possible…
    There are many ways to save water around the house. You can turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth or scrubbing dishes, sweep your driveway instead of using the hose, recycle waste water, use low-flow shower heads and toilets, and use pool covers.

  8. Make sustainable seafood choices…
    75% of the world’s fisheries are currently overfished or are in danger of becoming so in the near future. When species are overfished, or their habitats are destroyed, it can take decades to recover. Read labels, look for sustainable logos and ask your seafood vendor about quality and origin.

  9. Be responsible while enjoying your time in the water…
    When boating, kayaking, or canoeing, remember to never toss any waste over board. Be attentive to “no or minimal wake” zones, and make sure to pay attention to the marine life in the waters around you to avoid causing injury or fatality.

  10. Educate yourself about oceans and its marine life…
    The more you know about the issues endangering our oceans, the more you will be able to help ensure it's health. Use your knowledge to educate others.

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