Make a connection

Make the Connection

The first step in learning to make a difference in the ocean is learning how your actions have an impact. Keep reading to learn everyday things you can do to help protect and value the seas. And don’t forget to share what you’ve learned with friends and family.

Ocean/Surf Responsibly

A trip to the beach to surf or out on the water to dive or fish is a great way to learn more about the ocean and celebrate all it does for us. But when you visit, make sure you are not causing harm. Remember that every terrain is important to marine life—and to us!

•    On the sand: When walking on sandy areas, be careful of any grasses and plants growing there. Living plants help hold sand in place. Picking up litter is awesome too!

•    In the shallows:  “Tidepools” that are exposed when the tide is out, can be a super place to look for interesting marine life. But be careful not to step on, rip off, grab, or harm these fragile critters and their homes. Look, but don’t touch.

•    Near the reef: Never touch or walk on the reef! Corals and other animals are fragile and easily killed by a grasping hand or careless step or flipper. Also never feed or handle marine animals.

•    In open water: When boating, be very careful where you anchor. Anchors can scar reefs and rip out sea-grass beds, which provide food and shelter for many species. Where permanent anchoring buoys are provided, use them.

•    Before getting in the ocean: Almost all Sunscreens have ingredients that can harm the reef. Please apply 20 minutes before entering the ocean, it takes that long to absorb and it is more effective. Use organic made for ocean sunscreen whenever possible. Mahalo!

 

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Source: How You Can Help the Ocean | Smithsonian Ocean Portal

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