Protecting the oceans can seem like a herculean task, considering that they cover 71% of the planet’s surface and they contain 97% of Earth’s water. But there are little things that everyone can contribute individually, which can all add up to a big change.
Buy Sustainable Seafood
The easiest way that anyone can help protect our oceans is by consciously buying sustainable seafood. Overfishing due to consumer demand has not only impacted the population of certain fish, but in doing so, it has also damaged the marine environment for other species – not to mention the loss of species caught as bycatch.
If you’re concerned about the sustainability of the seafood you’re buying, there are online guides available that list which species are currently sustainable and therefore eco-friendly to buy. One sure way to know that you’re buying responsibly is to pick up MSC-certified fish only – look for the logo on each packet you pick up in the supermarket.
Cut Down on Plastic
Ever wondered where all our used plastic ends up? Sadly a lot of it ends up in our waters with plastic being the most common form of waste found in the world’s oceans. The biggest threat plastic poses is that marine life wrongly identifies it as food – especially plastic bags, which can easily be mistaken for jellyfish.
Cutting down on plastic in the oceans is simple: the less we use, the less will end up there. You can do your part by following the three Rs: reduce, re-use, and recycle. Reduce the amount of pre-packaged foods and plastic bags you buy, invest in re-usable shopping bags and travel mugs, and make sure that you recycle all the packaging you can, without littering.
Get Involved with Beach Cleans
Although it’s not an everyday activity, partaking in a beach clean is a great way to get involved if you like a hands-on approach. For those who are lucky enough to live near a beach, most local councils or organisations will arrange monthly beach cleans, where everyone is welcome to come along. The whole family can join in, and these events offer an opportunity to see the real positive impact we can have if everyone does their part.
Cut Down Your Carbon Footprint
We all know that carbon dioxide is harmful for the environment, and it is having a significant impact on our marine life. The carbon dioxide that is created as a result of burning fossil fuels is making the oceans more acidic, which has affected the sensitive calcium skeleton of coral reefs. This increased acidity has also lead to krill numbers dwindling, which in turn has led to blue whales becoming endangered, because krill is their main food supply.
You can reduce your carbon footprint in most areas of your life – from your home to your choice of transport. Investing in energy-efficient appliances and choosing public transport or walking (instead of driving by car) are just two of the many steps you can take to make a positive impact on your carbon footprint, and your wallet.
Don’t Use Fertilisers or Pesticides
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.
Our Commitment To Conservation
At Blue Planet Aquarium we take conservation seriously. All of our creatures are well taken care of and our classroom sessions aim to educate children about threats to species and ecosystems.