Our oceans cover over 71% of the Earth’s surface and contain 99% of the living space on the planet. This is why it’s important to know how to help save the oceans as fish populations are being depleted, plastics are ending up in the oceans affecting marine life, and overall pollution is causing damage to coral and other aspects of ocean life. Here are seven ways you can help save the oceans today.

 

Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices

The global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due in part to unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for overexploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable. Look for terms like diver caught, sustainably caught, or sustainably harvested.

Buy Fewer Plastic Products

Plastics that end up as ocean debris contributes to habitat destruction and can entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. Because floating plastic often resembles food to many marine birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals, they can choke or starve because their digestive systems get blocked when they eat them. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, use cloth grocery bags, store food in non-disposable containers, and recycle whenever possible.

Buy Ocean-Friendly Products

Certain products contribute to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine populations. For example, avoid cosmetics containing shark squalene and jewelry made of coral or sea turtle shell. These products are directly linked to unsustainable fishing methods and the destruction of entire ecosystems.

Mind Your Carbon Footprint

Carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is making our oceans more acidic, this could cause the loss of coral on a global scale as their calcium skeletons are weakened by the increasing acidity of the water. A few things you can do today to help is switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs, ride a bike, walk or use public transportation.

Take Care of the Beach

Whether you enjoy surfing, swimming, or just relaxing at the beach, always clean up after yourself. Much of the plastic and debris found in the ocean started as beach litter and as the beach crowds increase so does the amount of trash left behind. Explore and appreciate the ocean, but bring a trash bag (ideally not plastic) with your for your garbage and volunteer for beach clean-ups.

Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean

Many organizations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. You can help by giving financial support or volunteering for hands-on work or advocacy. Daily Adrenaline is one of the organizations that is fighting to protect the ocean and environment. Click the link in our menu to donate and be sure to sign up for our email list so you know of any future events we’re hosting.

Community Change

Electing the right public officials is essential to good ocean policy so research before you vote or contact your local representatives to let them know you support marine conservation projects. Consider patronizing restaurants and grocery stores that offer only sustainable seafood nad speak up about your concerns if you spot a threatened species on the menu. Do your research and make an informed decision.