Humans create marine debris. Our trash moves from the streets into storm drains then to the ocean where it becomes a hazard to wildlife and threatens our health and safety as a global community.
1o Ways YOU Can Save Our Seas
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Be a responsible boater
- Participate in a local waterway cleanup
- Eat sustainable seafood
- Use fewer plastic products
- Use a trash can with a lid
- Use a reusable water bottle
- Spread the word
- Write an elected official
8 Ways YOU Can Use Less Plastic
- Skip the bottled water and use a reusable water bottle
- Avoid using a straw. Straws are one of the top 10 marine debris items found on beaches
- Avoid using microbeads found in face washes and toothpastes. Look at labels for polypropylene and polyethylene
- Buy products made from recycled materials with little or no packaging
- Compost and use fewer garbage bags
- Wear clothing made of non-synthetic fibers. Polyester clothing is made of plastic
- Repair, upgrade or turn in your electronics for recycling
- Choose to carry reusable bags for all your shopping
Our World Ocean Provides
- The air we breathe. The ocean provides over half of the worlds oxygen and stores 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere.
- Climate regulation. Covering 70% of the earth's surface, the ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns.
- Transportation: 76% of all U.S. trade involves some form of marine transportation.
- Recreation. From fishing to boating to kayaking and whale watching, the ocean provides us with so many unique activities.
- Economy. The U.S. ocean economy produces $282 billion in goods and services. Ocean dependent businesses employ almost 3 million people.
- Food. The ocean provides much more than just seafood. Ingredients from the sea are found surprising foods such as peanut butter and soymilk.
- Medicine. Many Medicinal products come from the ocean, including ingredients that help fight cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and heart disease.