Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in nondisposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, and recycle whenever possible.
Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for overexploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable.
Fertilisers – for agriculture and gardening – can pollute our rivers, and they eventually end up in the ocean. Along with pesticides, these chemicals can poison aquatic species, and they create ‘dead zones’ where there are very low levels of oxygen, meaning that the marine life either has to flee the area or die.
Switching to organic fertilisers and pesticides can reduce the number of these chemicals that will end up in our oceans, along with buying organic or pesticide-free produce.
When you visit any coastal town you are guaranteed to see souvenirs made from various forms of marine life.
Tortoiseshell hair accessories
Shark products, especially teeth and fins
Or any cosmetics containing traces of whales or sharks.
However tempting that new red lipstick might look, be sure to know if it is ocean-friendly before you buy it!
Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water. Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. If you’re set on taking a cruise for your next vacation, do some research to find the most eco-friendly option.