Marine life, from animals to coral reefs, have been under attack since the dawn of time. Sewage is pumped into the ocean, trash is thrown into rivers that feed into oceans, and people visiting beaches aren’t doing what’s best for our Earth under water. I have always been shocked at the things that you can find on the beaches during any given day spent on the sand or in the water. We watched videos from the 2016 Olympics in Rio where trash was being spewed into the ocean. This kind of neglect is ruining the ecosystem and it’s time it came to a stop. Here are 10 ways to save our beautiful marine life here on Earth.

– Reduce waste.

I know you’ve heard it over and over but it really does help the environment when you’re not throwing massive amounts of things away that ultimately make their way into our oceans.

– Practice safe boating.

I can’t express how heartbreaking it is to see wildlife getting ripped up and killed by irresponsible boaters. Pay attention and respect “No Wake” zones. Also, anchor in sandy places, not in vegetation.

– Respect natural habitats.

Making sure that we maintain natural habitats is imperative to the survival of wildlife. Respect nature across the board.

– Volunteer/Act Upon Seeing.

Volunteer for a beach clean up or it can be as simple as you seeing trash on the beach and picking it up.

– Buy ocean-friendly products.

Don’t buy jewelry made of coral and sea turtle shell. There are also cosmetic products that have shark squalene in them. 

– Try to avoid single use plastics.

For instance, the single use water bottles you get from the store, plastic bags, and yes, straws.

– Check labels to look for sustainable seafood.

I didn’t even know this was a problem until further research. Look for labels on your seafood that let you know that the seafood came from sustainably-managed farms and fishers.

– Use less fertilizer in your yard.

Try to find organic remedies for as many things as you can, especially in your yard. The rain water will wash those fertilizers into a storm drain and that will find its way to our water sources and therefore, to wildlife. 

– Fish responsibly.

Follow “catch and release” guidelines and practices. Only keep what you need for food and release the rest. Keep more fish alive instead of wasting them in the name of fishing games.

– Educate yourself on the ocean.

The more you learn about our majestic oceans and marine life, the more you will want to care for it. Educate yourself and children to respect our natural habitats, even when swimming in the oceans or relaxing on the beaches.

Our oceans are wonderful and they are fruitful. We must respect these gifts from God and from nature. It would be an utter shame to see all of the times we love disappear because of our own practices. Go to research aquariums to see what more can be done on top of what is already happening. 

Our oceans are our future. Let’s protect them.

Caroline C.
FFL Cabinet Member
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