From tiny krill to giant lobsters, our ocean is teeming with life. In fact, an estimated 90% of Earth’s living biomass is found in seawater. While the threats facing our blue planet may seem overwhelming, there are so many ways you can make a difference! Remember, nobody wins if there are no fins.schooloffish

1. Be fish friendly.

    Being fish friendly doesn’t mean you have to go fish free. Become a smart shopper. Over 85% of the world’s fisheries today are classified as fully exploited or critically overexploited. By learning how to purchase seafood sustainably, you can be part of the solution! Avoid threatened species like blue fin tuna or Atlantic salmon. Slow to mature and reproduce, such species are particularly vulnerable to overfishing. Try to eat seasonally. By not indulging during fish breeding or spawning times, you can help populations recover. Look for eco-labels. Certain fishing practices, such as the use of dynamite and cyanide, can decimate entire fish populations and destroy fragile habitats. Eco-labels can help you make sure the fish you’re buying was sustainably caught.

2. Explore responsibly!

    Practice responsible boating, snorkeling, and other recreational water activities. Be aware of all the sea life in the surrounding waters, and never throw anything overboard. When planning your vacations, do some research to find the most environmentally friendly options.

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3. Clean up your act!

    Reduce, reuse, recycle. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but trimming down your trash is a big way to help all sea life. Try to go plastic free. Decrease the amount of fertilizer and water you use. Most of the chemicals and fertilizers you use on your lawn and in your home eventually wash into the ocean, poisoning sea life. Look for biodegradable alternatives, and make sure any chemical products you do use are properly disposed of. The less waste you produce, the less trash and runoff pollution that will eventually make its way into our ocean.

4. Cut carbon.

      It’s not just physical trash that’s threatening sea life. Excessive CO2 emissions has increased the ocean’s acidity, endangering species of sea life at the base chemical level. You can reduce your own CO2 output by buying local, choosing to bike or walk whenever possible, and remembering to turn off your lights. You can also offset your current emissions by helping plant seagrass.

Learn more here.

5. Educate yourself and others about life under the sea!

    The ocean covers 71% of the Earth, yet less than 10% of it has been explored. There is so much we still don’t know about our blue planet, but one thing’s for certain— human activities are taking its toll. Learn more about what you can do as an individual and with your community to defend our ocean, so that future generations have a chance to unearth its mysteries (like how this octopus is using that coconut).

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6. Sign our Sea Life petition to make your voice heard!
We organize petitions by zip code, so we can present them to officials at local, state, and national levels.

    Protect Sea Life

    Dear Representative,

    Currently, over 85% of the world’s fisheries are classified as either fully exploited or critically overexploited. Approximately 3.1 billion people rely on fish as their primary source of protein. I am writing to you as a supporter of legislation that will further protect the sea life and ocean ecosystems from the various threats they face. Sea life not only has special significance to me personally, but it is critically important to the global economy and human health. Unfortunately, an average of 7.3 million tons of sea creatures are caught, killed, and disposed of every year. Sea creatures are threatened by illegal fishing, unsustainable development, ocean acidification, climate change, plastic trash, and dirty energy.

    Protecting sea life requires urgent and global action, and we can set an example for the rest of the world. I urge you to enact and support legislation that protects and defends sea life such as marine protected areas and working towards stricter policies to combat bycatch and illegal fishing. Please also vote against legislation that would worsen the threats that these animals already face.

    Thank you for representing my views and for being an Ocean Hero!

    Sincerely,

    Dear Representative,

    Currently, over 85% of the world’s fisheries are classified as either fully exploited or critically overexploited. Approximately 3.1 billion people rely on fish as their primary source of protein. I am writing to you as a supporter of legislation that will further protect the sea life and ocean ecosystems from the various threats they face. Sea life not only has special significance to me personally, but it is critically important to the global economy and human health. Unfortunately, an average of 7.3 million tons of sea creatures are caught, killed, and disposed of every year. Sea creatures are threatened by illegal fishing, unsustainable development, ocean acidification, climate change, plastic trash, and dirty energy.

    Protecting sea life requires urgent and global action, and we can set an example for the rest of the world. I urge you to enact and support legislation that protects and defends sea life such as marine protected areas and working towards stricter policies to combat bycatch and illegal fishing. Please also vote against legislation that would worsen the threats that these animals already face.

    Thank you for representing my views and for being an Ocean Hero!

    Sincerely,

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