6 Ways to Help the Ocean

  1. Be conscious of your carbon footprint and energy consumption

    The use of natural resources is directly linked to the health of our oceans.

    What you can do today:

    Drive Less, Plant a Garden, Turn Off the Lights, Eat Less Meat, Unplug Charging Devices, Eat Local Foods, Drive Less, Line Dry Your Clothes

  2. Avoid single use plastic products

    1.4 billion pounds of trash ends up in our beautiful oceans every year, and much of this waste is plastic. Some researchers predict that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by weight. Not only is this unpleasant when surfing, swimming, or diving in the ocean, but it is also ruining ocean habitats and killing marine life. Animals from plankton to sea turtles and marine birds to dolphins ingest the plastics and the toxins that come with them. When humans eat fish that have consumed ocean plastics, we in turn ingest the toxic carcinogens and chemicals that the plastics are made of. These toxins can cause an increase in cancer, immune disorders, and birth defects.

    What you can do today:

    Carry a Reusable Water Bottle and Reusable Grocery Bags, Say No Thanks to Plastic Straws, Recycle

  3. Enjoy the ocean responsibly

    Whether you are kayaking, diving, surfing, or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself and never throw your trash into the ocean. Explore the ocean and beach without disturbing wildlife, moving rocks, or touching coral.

    What you can do today:

    Participate in or Organize a Beach Cleanup, Use Reef-Safe Sun Products

  4. Influence change in your community

    You don’t need to be a marine biologist in order to help the ocean! Everyone has unique skills they can use to engage in change. When a community comes together for a cause, they are unstoppable.

    What you can do today:

    Become a T4O Ocean Influencer, Volunteer for an Ocean Non-Profit, Talk to Your Local Representatives, Talk to Your Neighbors, Post on Social Media

  5. Make sustainable seafood choices

    According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), three quarters of the world’s fisheries are now overexploited, fully exploited, significantly depleted, or recovering from overexploitation. Choosing the seafood you eat with sustainability in mind can alleviate the many challenges facing global fish populations.

    What you can do today:

    Download the Seafood Watch App and Ask for Sustainable Seafood

  6. Learn more about the ocean & marine life

    The ocean is a fascinating place filled with diverse wildlife and teeming with mysteries to be solved (Only 5% of the world’s seafloor has been mapped in detail!). It is also critical to supporting the global economy and plays an important role in many cultures. Whatever your interests may be, the ocean has something for you. The more you learn, the more you want to help. Take your knowledge and share it with your friends, family, and communities!

    What you can do today:

    Join the T4O Newsletter, Visit Local Aquariums, Search the Internet, Visit Local Libraries