Enjoy your Summer…in an environmentally friendly way!
Enjoying the Ocean!
Be Water Wise
All water on Earth is connected. Even if you don’t live near the coast, water that goes down your drain or runs off from your yard can eventually make its way into the ocean. You can help keep the ocean—and other waterways—healthy by reducing your family’s use of chemicals inside and out.
Use Fewer Plastic Products
Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in non-disposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, and recycle whenever possible.
Don’t Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life
Certain products contribute to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine life. Avoid purchasing items such as coral jewelry, tortoise-shell hair accessories (made from hawksbill turtles), and shark products.
A trip to the beach or out on the water to snorkel or fish is a great way to learn more about the ocean and celebrate all it does for us. But when you visit, make sure you are not causing harm.
- In the shallows: On rocky shores, the shallow “tidepools” that are exposed when the tide is out, can be a great place to look for interesting marine life. But be careful not to trample on these fragile critters and their homes. Look but don’t touch.
- Near the reef: When snorkeling or diving, never touch the reef! Corals and other animals are fragile and easily killed by a grasping hand or careless flipper. Also never feed or handle marine animals.
- In general: Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks and coral.
Enjoying the Beach!
On the sand
When walking on sand dunes, be careful of any grasses and plants growing there. Living plants help hold sand in place. Dead plants and seaweed provide fertilizer. Both should be left alone.
Take Care of the Beach
Whether you enjoy diving, surfing, or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. Make a point to use reusable bags, beverage cups, and food containers. When you must use disposable items, reuse or recycle them whenever possible. Never litter and always dispose of your cigarette butts properly.
Mind the Sea Turtles and the Shorebirds
This is the time of year where nesting shorebirds and sea turtles are visiting our beaches. Do not interfere with bird nests. The diagram below will help you understand how Sea Turtles get confused with all this activity on the beach. Help protect them by limiting human activity around Sea Turtle nests.
Enjoying traveling on boat!
Travel the Ocean Responsibly
Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water: Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. If you’re set on taking a cruise for your next vacation, do some research to find the most eco-friendly option.
In open water
When boating, be very careful where you anchor. Anchors can scar reefs and rip out seagrass beds, which provide food and shelter for many species. Where permanent anchoring buoys are provided, use them.
Oil and fuel
Diesel or oil is damaging to marine life. Make sure it’s not released into the water.
- If your bilge water is contaminated with oil or fuel, transfer it to secure containers and dispose of it safely. Contaminated water should never be pumped into the sea.
- Keep clean absorbent material on board to mop up spills and clean oil from bilge water.
- Have a drip tray under the engine and gearbox to prevent oil entering into the bilge and empty it regularly in a proper manner.
- Don’t use too much emulsifier and detergent; they can cause pollution themselves.
Your boat should be fitted with an adequate holding tank for sewage and waste water. If you really must discharge liquid waste at sea, you must do it offshore away from swimmers and water sports. If you have containment facilities for sewage and waste water you should pump your waste into approved sanitary stations.