June 24, 2018

Ocean conservation sometimes known as marine resources conservation is concerned with the preservation and protection of ecosystems in seas and oceans.

Ocean conservation is also focused on reducing the damage caused by human on marine ecosystems as well as restoring damaged marine ecosystems.

It is also concerned with the preservation of vulnerable ocean species. Here are 8 things you can do to save the ocean:

Reduce energy consumption and be wary of your carbon footprint

You can minimize the effects of climate change on the ocean through simple tasks like being conscious of the energy you use at work and home and leaving your car at home when possible. Taking the stairs instead of elevator, using a fan or bundling up to avoid overrunning the thermostat, switching to compact fluorescent bulbs are just some of the ways you can start today.

Switch to sustainable seafood choices

Due to demand, unsustainable fishing practices, and loss of habitats, global fish populations are rapidly being depleted. When picking out dinner choices, choose seafood that is both sustainable and healthful to help curb the demand on overexploited species.

Reduce your plastic use

Most of the plastic we use end up as debris on the ocean. This contributes to the destruction of marine habitats and leads to the death of tens of thousands of marine animals annually. You can limit this impact by carrying a reusable water bottle, storing foods in non-disposable containers. When you go shopping, bring your own reusable bag or cloth tote, and recycle whenever possible.

Help in caring for the beach

Whenever you go surfing, or diving, or just want to relax on the beach, make sure you clean up after yourself. Learn to enjoy and appreciate the ocean without removing corals, rocks, and interfering with ocean wildlife.You can go the extra mile by encouraging others to also respect the marine environment.

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Don't buy items that exploit marine wildlife

Some products contribute to the harming of marine population and fragile coral reefs. Avoid buying items such as tortoiseshell hair accessories, coral jewelries, and or shark products.

Be a sea-friendly pet owner

When picking out a diet, choose pet foods that contain sustainable seafood. Avoid flushing cat litter as it contains pathogens that can harm marine life. Never release any aquarium fish into any body of water as you can end up introducing a species that is harmful to the ecosystem in place.

Offer support to ocean-friendly organizations

Several organizations and institutions are constantly battling to protect marine wildlife and ocean habitats. Look for an organization near you and offer them your support either financially or as a volunteer. If you stay near the coast, you can link up with local groups or branches and work on projects that are closer to home.

Be an agent of change in your community

Before voting in any public official, consider researching their ocean policies. Let your local representatives know that you support ocean conservation projects so they can pass on the word.

 

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