6 Ways To Help Clean Up The Ocean
Monday, September 11, 2017
The oceans cover 71% of the world’s surface and they are a valuable supply to all living creatures – without water, no life on earth is possible. Even when the society endeavors to properly dispose of plastic waste, yearly between 4 and 12 million metric tons of plastic waste still enters the ocean.
Whether you’re a recreational diver, into water sports, a yachtie or just a lover of the ocean, we can all participate in little things to live greener and protect our planet. A few changes yacht crew can make in our daily habits can have a vast effect and help conserve the ocean. These are a few ways you can help in saving our planet.
Reducing Your Use of Plastic Products
Whether you’re at home, traveling or working away on your yacht job, one way to begin is by reducing your particular utilization of single-use plastics. Plastics end up as ocean debris which adds to the destruction of the ocean surroundings and the marine wildlife. Look into investing in reusable water bottles, store food in non-disposable plates, avoid straws and takeout utensils, bring your own reusable bag when shopping etc. Recycle items that can be recycled, this helps keep them out of the ocean and reduces ‘new’ plastic.
Avoid Products That Exploit Marine Life
Some products contribute to harming delicate coral reefs and marine populations. Abstain from buying coral jewelry, shark products, cosmetics containing traces of mammals etc.
Help Take Care of The Beach
Whether you enjoy water sports or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself and keep a look out for trash around the area as well. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife. Different establishments and organizations are fighting to keep the oceans clean and save our marine wildlife. Consider donating or volunteering for hands-on work or support as these little acts have a major effect in helping clean up our oceans.
Chemicals such as pesticides and various cleaning products etc., enter our oceans and waterways through our sewer systems which then affect hundreds of marine species. Look into purchasing organic products if possible.
Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices
Global fish populations are quickly being depleted because of demand, loss of living space, and unsustainable fishing practices. When purchasing products or eating out, help reduce the interest for overexploited species by picking seafood that is both healthful and sustainable – choose wisely so you don’t end up with an endangered species on your plate.
Spread The Word, Create Awareness
Create awareness in what is happening with the world’s seas and what can be done to make a change. All life on earth is associated with the sea and its inhabitants. The more you educate yourself on the global issues, the more you will be eager to assist in ensuring its health so spread the word and let’s help keep our oceans clean!