We all love spending a day at the beach. Whether you’re catching rays, reading a good book, or enjoying some well-deserved downtime, it’s hard to beat a long day relaxing in the sand. You can keep our beaches pristine and healthy by using these tips!
1. Participate in a beach clean-up effort
The accumulation of trash on beaches worldwide poses disastrous wildlife and environmental consequences. Each year, the Ocean Conservancy organizes an International Coastal Cleanup. Almost 800,000 volunteers collected 18 million pounds of trash in 2015. Volunteering to help clean-up your local beach can be a good way to get to know your community and spend some time in the sun! Click here for info on how to sign up.
You can also download the Clean Swell app on your smartphone to track your conservation efforts every time you spend a day on the beach.
2. Eat alternative sustainable seafood
Wild fish populations have been in steep decline following over-fishing and poor consumer choices. Fishing has an impact on the health of our oceans by destroying coral reefs and reducing species that are already under threat. Bottom trawling and dredging have removed over a million pounds of coral in Alaska alone! So, if you love snorkeling or diving while gazing at beautiful underwater forests, making an effort to dine at restaurants that serve sustainable seafood and using a seafood consumer guide like this one when you travel can be a huge help.
3. Adopt a Beach
Many cities across the country and locations around the world give locals the opportunity to adopt a beach. By adopting a beach, you can meet new people and participate in community efforts, all while helping the environment. Here are just a few great organizations to support:
- Adopt a Beach San Diego: http://www.adoptsd.org/index.php/adoptable-areas/beaches
- Adopt a Beach Miami: http://ecomb.org/programs/litter-prevention/adopt-a-beach-program/
- Adopt a Beach East Hampton: http://ehamptonny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1480
- Adopt a Beach Great Lakes: https://greatlakes.org/get-involved/adopt-a-beach/
4. Donate to conservation efforts
Every little bit counts! Even donating one or two dollars to organizations trying to protect our oceans and beaches can make a big difference. Here are some that could use your help.
This organization campaigns at state and federal levels to get lawmakers to make policy based on science that helps conserve coastal areas, protect marine life and habitats, and prevent over-fishing.
Oceana is the largest international ocean conservation effort and by setting deadlines and using science and policy, Oceana has been successful in its goal of reducing overfishing and pollution.
To help combat the effects of global warming and overfishing on oceans, WWF supports the Paris Climate Agreement and works at the private level to provide sustainable seafood to consumers.
5. Use environmentally-friendly products
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