by Gaute Hellerslia March 14, 2021 3 min read
Oceans cover 71% of our Earth’s surface and are responsible for balancing the ecosystem, maintaining the environment, and providing food for millions of people. However, our oceans are now under threat due to the destructive activities of us humans. Ocean conservation means protecting the oceans by limiting activities that are harmful to marine life and ocean health. Below are six ways you and I can help protect and conserve our oceans.
Overfishing is one of the greatest threats to ocean life. The fish population is rapidly decreasing due to high demand and unsustainable fishing. The global fish population is already on the verge of collapse. The fish stock has depleted to the point where it will be difficult to recover without swift action. Adopting sustainable fishing methods has become necessary to keep the ocean life alive. On an individual level, one may reduce the intake of fish to oppose overfishing.
Global warming, which is already affecting our environment, has also threatened our oceans. The high temperature due to global warming has risen our sea levels from the melting of ice and glaciers at increased levels. The carbon dioxide from greenhouse gases has also increased the acidity of oceans which has resulted in the loss of corals due to weakened calcium skeleton. To protect our oceans and play a part in ocean conservation, we can reduce our carbon footprint by living a sustainable life.
The increased use of plastics has massively polluted our oceans. The plastic debris floating on the surfaces of oceans kills the marine animals by filling their stomachs leading them to starvation. It has also affected human health due to its chemical pollutants. The responsibility lies upon us to reduce the use of plastics, especially the disposable plastics which increases the ocean pollution. Several single-use items can be substituted with sustainable reusable alternatives, such as reusable straws in stainless steel to substitute plastic straws. Switching from single-use to reusables can save marine life.
Oceans have always been an attraction for tourism for water sports and recreational activities. But the irresponsibility of humans has also polluted the oceans. The boating, fishing, kayaking, and other such activities might be fun but have been threatening marine life and ocean health. The waste thrown by humans during traveling has also killed the marine animals. We should travel sustainably, keeping in mind the protection of our oceans and the life of marine animals.
Some products that we use are harmful for marine animals and ocean life. Avoid products like jewelry made of corals or turtle shells, makeup containing shark squalene, hair accessories made of tortoiseshell, or souvenir shells. This leads to unsustainable fishing, endangering and threatening the marine species, and disrupting the ecosystem. Avoiding such products will contribute to ocean conservation, protecting the marine life and the ecosystem. There are several amazing brands out there that support ocean conservation. One such example is Oceanness, which collects 2 kg plastic waste from oceans and waterways for every item sold. You can browse their entire collection fo ocean-friendly products here.
Lastly, we can clean up oceans and shorelines. Whenever you visit the beach, pick the litter you see on the shore. Another suggestion is to volunteer in a beach and ocean cleanup events. These small acts can save many marine lives, and conserve our beloved oceans.
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Founder of Oceanness. Enjoys the ocean, hanging out with friends, and exploring the world. Favorite ocean animal: Dolphins.
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