World Oceans Day http://worldoceansday.org Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:35:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Winners of the photo contest announced http://worldoceansday.org/winners-of-the-photo-contest-announced/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=winners-of-the-photo-contest-announced http://worldoceansday.org/winners-of-the-photo-contest-announced/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:18:45 +0000 http://worldoceansday.org/?p=15771 We (the partners listed below) were overwhelmed by the wonderful submissions to the First Annual World Oceans Day Photo Contest ! We are pleased to announce the winners in each category, and the overall winner.

The results were announced on June 9 by the Under-Secretary-General, the Legal Counsel of the United Nations, during a reception held in New York at the United Nations on the occasion of World Oceans Day and the 20th Anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea – attended by some 200 delegates and accompanied by the United Nations Orchestra Quartet.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo, for sharing your superb images, and helping us convey the beauty and importance of the oceans to the world. Thanks also to the judges from around the world who helped pick the winners. See below for winning images and also on the World Oceans Day Photo Contest web page.

Winners of the first annual photo contest

Thanks once again for all of those who participated in this first annual World Oceans Day photo contest, and congratulations to the winners!

Above water seascapes

Mark Johnson from Australia

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Human interaction with the ocean

Ellen Cuylaerts from Belgium

Ellen Cuylaerts from Belgium

Underwater life

Alan Lo from Hong Kong

Alan Lo from Hong Kong

Underwater seascapes

Ethan Daniels from the US

Ethan Daniels from the US

Youth photography

Svenja Nanfelt from the US

Svenja Nanfelt from the US

Overall 2014 World Oceans Day theme winner

Jonas Thormar from Denmark

Jonas Thormar from Denmark

Photos and inspiration for 365 days

This is only the beginning for the winners’ images, as we are coordinating ways to showcase these amazing photos through physical exhibits with partners around world, so that oceans are not only recognized on June 8, but also during all 365 days of the year. The photos will be accompanied by a narrative that will underscore the importance of the oceans for humanity. We are pleased to announce that the launch of this exhibit will take place in Marseilles, France, at the 41st annual World Festival of Underwater Images (Oct 30 – Nov 2) with the generous support of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

If your organization or institution is interested in exhibiting these winning photos, please contact Bill Mott at: bmott (at) theoceanproject.org. We would also like to thank the following partners who have already confirmed that they will be hosting the winning photos exhibit in 2014 and 2015:

  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • NAUSICAA Aquarium
  • North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
  • North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
  • North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island
  • The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
  • The Florida Aquarium
  • Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
  • World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) – to display at the 69th WAZA Annual Conference and Technical Congress 2014 that will take place in New Delhi, India, 2-6 November 2014
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – to display between Earth Day and World Oceans Day 2015 in Washington, DC at numerous venues, including the AZA Capitol Hill Reception
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Share your World Oceans Day with us! http://worldoceansday.org/share-your-world-oceans-day-with-us/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=share-your-world-oceans-day-with-us http://worldoceansday.org/share-your-world-oceans-day-with-us/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:10:30 +0000 http://worldoceansday.org/?p=15689 How did you celebrate World Oceans Day?

We want to highlight some of the celebrations – events, releases, proclamations – held around the world in a World Oceans Day 2014 summary report. We are also seeking ways to improve this growing event for 2015 and beyond.

Please take a few minutes to let us how it went for you, send us any photos you took, and provide helpful feedback and suggestions. You can upload multiple photos by clicking the “upload” button again after submitting a photo. Thank you and we greatly appreciate your time!

Note: By uploading your photos you are giving us permission to use the photos in our non-commercial materials (with credit).

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Today is World Oceans Day http://worldoceansday.org/today-is-world-oceans-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=today-is-world-oceans-day http://worldoceansday.org/today-is-world-oceans-day/#comments Sun, 08 Jun 2014 15:28:36 +0000 http://worldoceansday.org/?p=15648 Happy World Oceans Day! People around the globe have been celebrating all weekend, and the ocean fun is just beginning. Here are some ways you can join in:

Take a selfie for the sea

Everyone can do something for the ocean! Get out in your community to help, or make a promise to change something in your life for the ocean. Take a photo and share it with the world by tagging it #WorldOceansDay. Check out what other people have done!

You can also share World Oceans Day with your friends and family on social media.
Click here to post on Twitter about World Oceans Day. OR,
Change your Facebook profile picture and cover photo.

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Wear your ocean pride

TS-media2It’s World Oceans Day weekend, so wear blue! Share two facts about the ocean, or two ways to help protect it and its wildlife. Then – ask them to pass it on. Click here for more information.

Get an ocean-friendly t-shirt. Help us reach our t-shirt goal by purchasing a World Oceans Day t-shirt – show off your ocean pride and $10 of each shirt will go to support future World Oceans Day celebrations. We need your help!

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Listen to some deep sea tunes

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Rap fans who care about the ocean can enjoy our new track from AWKWORD and C-Lance made to celebrate World Oceans Day!

100% of proceeds from this song go towards supporting World Oceans Day as an opportunity to rally the world for action. Listen for free, you choose what you pay to download.

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Do something for the ocean

Looking for other ways to help? Check out these blogs on how you can personally take action for the ocean today:

 
Or find a World Oceans Day event near you!

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Leading restaurants help protect our oceans http://worldoceansday.org/leading-restaurants-help-protect-our-oceans/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=leading-restaurants-help-protect-our-oceans http://worldoceansday.org/leading-restaurants-help-protect-our-oceans/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:13:48 +0000 http://worldoceansday.org/?p=15465 This is a guest post by Daniel Heffron of Environmental Justice Foundation

To celebrate World Oceans Day, Sunday 8th June 2014, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is teaming up with leading restaurants to raise awareness and essential funds to protect vulnerable marine species and habitats, combat illegal ‘pirate’ fishing and promote sustainable fisheries globally.

Over the past two years, 43 restaurants with 32 Michelin stars between them, have raised £20,000 for EJF’s Oceans Campaign, and this year’s Save the Sea Restaurant Campaign is already supported by 45 restaurants, including culinary greats Martin Wishart, Shaun Rankin and Andy Waters, as well as all nine branches of London’s Feng Sushi, and Burnt Ends Restaurant in Singapore.

For the month of June, participating restaurants are promoting sustainable seafood and raising awareness of the need to protect marine biodiversity, as well as demonstrating how sustainable sourcing and consumer choices can help protect oceans and keep seafood on our menus in the long-term.Dover-Sole---Ormer

Restaurants are adding an opt-out £1 donation onto every bill or offering a sustainable seafood dish with a £1 donation included in the menu price. 100% of funds raised will directly support EJF’s Oceans Campaign in West Africa, which empowers coastal communities to combat illegal fishing and to protect their fish stocks and marine environments. By protecting the diverse and rich waters of West Africa, EJF aims to ensure the livelihoods and food security of coastal communities who depend greatly on the fish as a source of protein.

EJF’s work has resulted in prosecutions, fines and the eradication of illegal fishing vessels from areas reserved for artisanal fishers in Sierra Leone. This initiative for World Oceans Day aims to highlight how UK restaurants and can make a huge difference closer to home by sourcing and choosing sustainable caught fish caught using environmentally friendly methods.

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) or ‘pirate’ fishing has been identified as one of the most serious threats to the world’s fisheries. Globally, pirate fishing is estimated to be worth US $10-23 billion annually, representing up to an estimated 30% of the world’s total catch. By ignoring national and international laws and regulations, pirate fishing fleets are destroying marine habitats, decimating wildlife and undermining vulnerable coastal communities that depend upon natural marine resources for their food security and livelihoods.

EJF’s Oceans Campaign aims to eradicate ‘pirate’ fishing. EJF is working to create full transparency and traceability within seafood supply chains and markets and to actively promote improvements to policy-making, corporate governance and management of fisheries along with consumer activism and market-driven solutions.

We’re delighted to have such great support from so many restaurants, and what a perfect time to celebrate sustainable fish than for World Oceans Day!

You can see a list of all the participating restaurants you can visit to celebrate World Oceans Day 2014: http://www.ejfoundation.org/savethesea

 

Daniel Heffron of Environmental Justice Foundation

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Last minute World Oceans Day event ideas! http://worldoceansday.org/last-minute-world-oceans-day-event-ideas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=last-minute-world-oceans-day-event-ideas http://worldoceansday.org/last-minute-world-oceans-day-event-ideas/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:05:48 +0000 http://worldoceansday.org/?p=15043 June 8th is just around the corner – we can’t believe it’s come so quickly! But don’t freak out, it’s NOT too late to do something for the ocean. Here are some last-minute, quick n’ easy ways to do something to celebrate World Oceans Day and help out our ocean.

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Make a promise for the ocean
You can combine any of these ideas with an Ocean Promise Party! Just ask people you’re with to take a selfie for the sea – a photo of themselves doing something for the ocean, or making a promise, and posting it with the hashtag #WorldOceansDay

Wear blue, tell two

Wherever you work or play, you can make talking about World Oceans Day and ocean conservation easy. Just wear a blue shirt or other noticeable article of clothing and ask people if they know why! Share two facts about the ocean, or two ways that they can help protect it and its wildlife. Then – ask them to pass it on. Click here for more information.

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Create a community art piece

Getting your visitors, neighborhood, or any group of friendly folks together is a wonderful opportunity to make some art! Create a mural somewhere public – depict ocean animals, or display your community’s ocean promises. An even easier option is to do a sidewalk mural or art piece. You can even make eco-friendly sidewalk chalk at home!

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Organize a treasure hunt

Set up an ocean scavenger or treasure hunt with many small ocean-themed prizes such as T-shirts, bookmarks, aquarium passes, etc. Consider providing maps with fun ocean-related facts on them.

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Clean up your favorite spot

It’s great to get hundreds of community members out cleaning the beach or river, but it’s not the only kind of cleanup that makes a difference! Grab a few friends or family members and make an outing of it. Go visit your favorite beach, river, lake, or park for a picnic and bring some bags for trash.

Go further: Organize a small cleanup with your sports club or classroom. You can even use World Oceans Day as an opportunity to announce that you plan to “adopt” your site and keep it clean regularly! Check out our quick guide for everything you may need.

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Show a fantastic film

Try holding an environmental mini film festival at your school, at home with your friends and family, place of worship, or at a community center. Screen an environmentally-minded film such as The Story of Stuff or Food, Inc. Many of these films can be found on cheap or rental websites such as Netflix or Amazon, so check them out before buying.

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Spread the word about sustainable seafood

Invite friends and family over for a dinner party featuring locally, sustainably caught or farmed seafood and other (ideally) local foods. Click here to see some great recipes. Send your guests on their way with a full stomach, and a newly downloaded copy of a sustainable seafood app for their phones – try Seafood Watch if you’re in the US!

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Show your ocean pride!

If you can’t organize an event in person, show your support for World Oceans Day online. Share the event with your friends and family however you like. If you use social media, try sharing a post about World Oceans Day.

For people who use Facebook, change your cover photo to this banner to support the day!

Thank you to Pergamo Paper Goods for this banner

Thank you to Pergamo Paper Goods for this banner

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World Oceans Day Updates http://worldoceansday.org/world-oceans-day-updates/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=world-oceans-day-updates http://worldoceansday.org/world-oceans-day-updates/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:08:05 +0000 http://worldoceansday.org/?p=15184 Click here to download the World Oceans Day 2014 Press Release.

On June 8th 2014, people in communities around the globe will celebrate this year’s World Oceans Day with the theme of “Together we have the power to protect the ocean.” Hundreds of events are planned to help people get involved in solutions for a healthy ocean and society – by supporting clean energy choices, trash-free coasts and beaches, sustainable seafood, and more.

“In addition to events in dozens of countries, we invite everyone to take ocean conservation personally by making a commitment and then sharing a selfie for the sea,” said World Oceans Day coordinator, Alyssa Isakower. “We can each do something to help protect our ocean!”

Take action

A small action on your part multiplied by thousands around the world can contribute to a significant collective impact. Here are our top three:

- Help reduce marine debris by eliminating junk mail
- Obtain a renewable energy credit to help combat ocean acidification
- Spread the word about sustainable seafood

 

Selfie for the sea

Show the world that you are part of the growing movement of people taking personal action for our ocean, take a selfie showing how you’re helping the ocean or make a promise, and post with #WorldOceansDay! Learn more: http://WorldOceansDay.org/promise.

 

Hundreds of events planned

Get out and celebrate! The number of events keeps increases increasing, with celebrations around the world, at aquariums, zoos, museums, youth groups, businesses, schools, even online.

Just a few of the events planned worldwide:

Magnetic Island, Australia: The Base Backpackers celebration on beautiful Nelly Bay beach features a cleanup, marine talks, beach games, stalls, a beach BBQ, short films, and music.

Miami, FL: The Miami Underwater Festival is a two-day celebration held at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and Knight Plaza in downtown Miami. Events include fun family workshops, community art project, sailing activities, scavenger hunts, pop-up live science with marine-themed performances, interactive demos, “life-size” games, and a giant inflatable shark.

Seattle, Washington: Join Seattle Aquarium’s youth-led World Oceans Day weekend and learn how you can be an Ocean Hero. Hands-on activities and special talks will highlight what guests can do to be ocean heroes on an individual, community and civic level, from helping protect our corals from ocean acidification to reducing the use of plastics in our lives.

Durban, South Africa: Paddle out for sharks – divers, surfers, scientists, anglers, and others will celebrate by ‘Paddling Out’ to highlight the plight of sharks. Hundreds celebrated last year, and this year will include sister events throughout South Africa, Australia, and Mozambique.

Liverpool, UK: This student-run weekend of fun and games is hosted by University of Liverpool and The Liverpool World Museum. There’s going to be a whole host of activities and arts and crafts for children and adults: face paints, mermaid puppet shows, and representatives from several marine charities and organizations to educate on marine conservation issues.

Hong Kong: Ocean Park has several fun events focused specifically on preventing ocean trash. Visitors can make a pledge to protect the ocean, attend upcycling workshops and art exhibition jointly with local green groups, enjoy a “local fishermen fun day” for local fishermen and their families, and help out at a beach cleanup.

Fujisawa-city, Japan: World Oceans Day Japan will celebrate again this year with a big festival, aerial art on the beach, sand art workshops, and beach and underwater cleanups.

Other notable activities

  • The First Annual World Oceans Day Photo Contest is accepting submissions now. Winners will have their photos displayed at the United Nations in New York City http://worldoceansday.org/photocontest
  • Aquariums, zoos, and museums around the world are reaching out to kids to inspire them with ocean fun through Dr. Seuss and Octonauts themed celebrations
  • Wear the message and help support World Oceans Day by purchasing an ocean-friendly tee shirt
  • Stay tuned for a World Oceans Day exclusive song brought to you by the activist emcee, AWKWORD, and internationally renowned hip-hop producer, C-Lance!

 

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The Ocean Project inspires action to protect our ocean. We advance ocean and climate conservation in partnership with our growing global network of 2,000 aquariums, zoos, science museums, and other organizations. Since 2002, The Ocean Project has coordinated World Oceans Day. More can be found at: www.TheOceanProject.org. The Ocean Project is a fiscally sponsored project of The Ocean Foundation.

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New Octonauts resources and images http://worldoceansday.org/new-octonauts-resources-and-images/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-octonauts-resources-and-images http://worldoceansday.org/new-octonauts-resources-and-images/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 16:47:36 +0000 http://worldoceansday.org/?p=14304 We’d like to announce our new partnership with independent media company Silvergate Media for its brand Octonauts – we’re providing coloring sheets and graphics for partners who want to incorporate Octonauts into their event.

The full activity kit

The full kit is very large because the files are print resolution. The full activity kit includes:

  • 2 Octonauts-themed World Oceans Day posters
  • An Octonauts “ocean promise” placard
  • 4 ocean animal coloring sheets with animal facts

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Click here to download the FULL activity kit
There are 2 zip files in this download.

The mini activity kit

The mini kit include images appropriately sized for use on the internet.

Click here to download the MINI activity kit

For our zoo and aquarium partners

US-based, AZA accredited partners: We’re offering a selection of free Octonatus-themed stickers that you can use at your event! We estimate about at most 400 stickers per institution to be mailed on a first come, first served basis. Supplies are limited! Email me your name, institution, ballpark estimate of how many items you’d like, and mailing address/instructions to receive these freebies.

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Support clean energy for ocean health http://worldoceansday.org/clean-energy-for-ocean-health/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=clean-energy-for-ocean-health http://worldoceansday.org/clean-energy-for-ocean-health/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 16:26:44 +0000 http://worldoceansday.org/?p=13780 Protect our ocean from acidification

Ocean acidification is one of the greatest threats to the ocean, and, ultimately to humankind. Since the Industrial Revolution, ocean acidity has increased by 30%. The culprit? Carbon dioxide pollution – from burning of fossil fuels. This leads to potentially very dangerous outcomes, such as weakening of coral reefs and the collapse of the base of the ocean food chain: plankton, upon which fish, dolphins, whales – and humans – all depend.

We can all be part of a movement to shift our society to clean, renewable power: by supporting clean energy projects, and reducing our carbon footprint!

Support wind energy
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s impossible to tell where the actual power in your home comes from – it’s probably a mix of dirty and clean sources. You can support bigger, better clean energy projects by buying a renewable energy credit. Each credit goes towards starting or supporting new wind farms.

 

Here are a few tips on how to save the ocean by reducing ocean acidification:

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Saving energy is an easy way to help the ocean – it’s is as easy as flipping a switch. Turn off everything that could use energy and you don’t need anymore when leaving the room, and unplug electronics and appliances when you’re not using them. Generating electric power produces more pollution than any other industry. So flipping a switch really makes a difference!

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When you are buying new appliances, or even just a light bulbs, always look for products with the energy star rating.

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Renewable energies like solar and wind power are becoming more and more popular sources that can supply your community with clean energy. Inform yourself about the importance of clean energy and check with a local utility company for options to buy affordable, renewable green energy.

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Can you walk, bike or take the public transportation more often? Have you ever thought about carpooling? Leaving your car at home cuts down on greenhouse gases, which helps coral reefs and so many other creatures (including us)!

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Make sure your house is properly insulated, so you are not heating the entire planet! Energy lost through un-insulated windows and doors can waste 15% of your home’s heating energy, and adds to your power bill. A home energy audit can help you make sure your heating is as efficient as possible.

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You can also purchase a Renewable Energy Certificate. By purchasing a credit, you can ensure that you are truly supporting clean energy. The money you spend will help new renewable power project. This is an affordable way to ensure that your support of clean energy is represented in the marketplace, no matter where the actual energy in your home comes from.

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Check out these websites for more information:

 

Don’t forget World Oceans Day on June 8th and check out all the great events all around the world. Find one in your area and join the celebration to show your appreciation for the ocean!

 

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Choose sustainable seafood! http://worldoceansday.org/choose-sustainable-seafood/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=choose-sustainable-seafood http://worldoceansday.org/choose-sustainable-seafood/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 16:14:27 +0000 http://worldoceansday.org/?p=13960 Be choosy about seafood

Seafood is one of the leading sources of the world’s protein consumed by humans – but many of the world’s major fisheries are in severe decline and, without intervention, will be depleted within a generation.

The good news is that it’s not too late! Sustainable seafood programs help create market incentives for fishing and aquaculture industries to reduce their environmental impact.

Here, we have compiled a small list of suggested personal action tips and some information about our partners if you are looking for more in depth information about sustainable fishing. You can also find a more comprehensive guide to taking action for sustainable seafood right here.

It’s easy to make the right choice

There’s no need to memorize what seafood is sustainable! Seafood Watch provides a free sustainable seafood app which offers extensive, up-to-date recommendations for ocean-friendly seafood and sushi. At a restaurant, just open up the app and enter in the seafood you’d like.

  • Download the Seafood Watch app for your iPhone or your Android device
  • Pass it on! Once you have the app, share it with a friend, family member, or favorite business. Let everyone know that this issue is important to you.

Personal Action Tips

  •  Skip the shrimp! Unfortunately for shrimp cocktail lovers, our collective appetite for shrimp is greatly harming the ocean. Much of the world’s wild shrimp fishing industry is extremely wasteful, with an average of more than 5 pounds of “bycatch” – killed and discarded ‘less valuable’ sea creatures – for every pound of shrimp brought to port. Also, except for an extremely small number of sustainable shrimp farms, the shrimp aquaculture business is equally damaging to coastal ecosystems. If you need a “shrimp fix”, please choose responsibly and savor every sweet shrimp morsel.

 

  • Think globally, act locally. Remember that getting locally caught fish and other types of food is often times the most sustainable option! In America, food has traveled on average 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) to get to your plate. Eating locally farmed or fished foods cuts down on food transportation by air, ship, and truck, dramatically reducing greenhouse gas pollution. Eating local supports your community’s economy and our global ecosystem, including the ocean’s coral reefs!

 

  • Ask, ask, ask! Many of us love to eat seafood while we are out. However, in restaurants, food is free from packaging and pesky labels. Do yourself a favor next time you’re thinking of ordering that grilled salmon, ask where it came from! If it wasn’t harvested sustainably, opt for another item on the menu, and wait until you’re able to eat some wild caught, fresh salmon. It will taste better, too!

Want to do more?

If you’re interesting in finding our more information about sustainable seafood and how to further your impact on sustainable fishing, we would encourage you to take a look at our partner Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program which is one of the leading efforts by an aquarium to promote sustainable seafood consumption. And speak up! Write your local supermarket or fishmonger and ask them to carry more sustainable seafood choices.

You might be surprised at the impact your voice can have. I’m sure you’re familiar with the slogan the customer is always right. Why not give it a try?

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Help slash marine trash! http://worldoceansday.org/help-slash-marine-trash/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=help-slash-marine-trash http://worldoceansday.org/help-slash-marine-trash/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 15:55:29 +0000 http://worldoceansday.org/?p=13653 We can create cleaner coasts

Many people believe that if plastic pollution exists in the oceans, fishing and shipping industries are to blame. In fact – more than 80% comes from land-based sources, primarily litter! That means individuals everywhere can help protect sea turtles, birds, and fish – who accidentally mistake plastic for food and choke or get sick – by reducing the trash we produce.

Here, we have compiled a small list of suggested personal action tips, we also recommend a few organizations with campaigns to combat marine debris who you can contact if you’re interested in furthering your efforts to help protect our oceans.

Trash the junk!
Sign up online for the service 41pounds and prevent an average of 41 pounds of junk mail from being made and sent to your home per year! Less junk for you, less trash in the ocean.

Recycle tough trash

You don’t have to let junk go to waste just because your town doesn’t recycle it. Join Terracycle to recycle that hard-to-place litter like cigarette butts and chip bags.

Personal Action Tips

  • Think twice before you decide to toss it. That vintage bicycle was never fated for the rubbish pile! We turn down many opportunities to refurbish products headed for a landfill. Many household items can be reused—from old T-shirts and shoe boxes to glass jars and single-sided paper. If you don’t need it in your home, maybe someone else does. Donate lightly used clothes and furniture to a thrift store. Or, to find people in your area interested in reducing waste by exchanging used goods visit https://www.freecycle.org/.

 

  • How often do you or your family buy things that you don’t really need? By consciously consuming less, we help conserve natural resources and help keep our planet’s life-support systems more intact. It’s good to buy less, buy in bulk, and choose products with little packaging. By paying attention to this easy tips you and your family can make a big difference over time.

 

  • Buy the product, not the packaging. Recycling is great, but generating less waste is even better. Start at the grocery store by choosing items with the least packaging or, at least, the most environmentally-friendly packaging. Avoid packaging that uses PVC, polyvinyl chloride, typically labeled with the number “3” or the letter “V” on the recycling symbol, as PVC is a leading source of dioxin, a potent toxin, in the environment. Also, educate yourself on the different types of product certification labels to assist in helping you purchase sustainable products.

 

  • Be creative with your waste. Before you throw something away, think of a way it can be reused, for cleaning, as wrapping paper, for storage, or as an art project. If you can’t reuse it then recycle everything you can, including paper, plastics, glass, aluminum, computers, cell phones, ink cartridges, and furniture — you really can recycle just about anything! By recycling you can help lessen the load on our landfills and prevent leaching of toxins into our water supplies. Check out this website and found out how to make the most use out of your old stuff!

 

  • Recycle your e-waste. We produce a lot of electronic waste, but much of it isn’t safe to throw away with the rest of the trash. Find a free e-waste recycling location near you at one of these websites:

    http://www.1800recycling.com
    http://search.earth911.com/
    http://www.ecyclingcentral.com/

  • Break the bottle habit. Investing in a sturdy reusable water bottle and taking it with you wherever you go makes a big difference. Eliminate the need to buy drinks in disposable containers. A lot of resources go into creating and disposing those plastic drink bottles.

 

  • Reduce your junk mail. American’s receive an average of 41 pounds of junk mail per year, most of which goes straight into the trash or recycle bin. Sign-up today with  41 Pounds  to stop 80-95% of your junk mail.

Organizations to get involved with

If you’re looking to connect with a local organization to maximize your impact on conservation, check out these organizations to see if they have a location near you to get involved.

Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics CampaignThe goal of Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics campaign is to reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics. Follow the link to find out ways to get involved and more about the campaign.

Stow It-Don’t Throw It - In order to combat the dangers posed by improper disposal of monofilament fishing line, the “Stow It-Don’t Throw It” Project was created to mobilize youth to create and distribute personal-sized monofilament recycling bins. These personal-sized bins were designed by scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL. They are made out of recycled tennis ball cans.These bins are designed to serve as an intermediate step, for anglers and boaters to safely store their used fishing line until they can later dispose of it in a PVC pipe or indoor recycling bin provided by the Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program. Click on the link to find out more and see how you can get involved today!

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