Summer is coming and we want to enjoy our oceans to the fullest. So, whether you are going for sun-bathing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, fishing or surfing, we want to give you some important considerations so that you can sustainably look after our oceans, whilst in and around our oceans!
CHOOSE NON-CHEMICALLY ENHANCES SUNBLOCK
Traditional sunscreens contain toxins that are harmful to corals and other marine life, most noticeably leading to bleaching and deformation on corals.
AVOID TOUCHING OR STEPPING ON PLANTS AND CORALS
They are living beings and will be damaged. Find a sandy or rocky spot if you must stand up, or better yet just through yourself in and enjoy a good swim.
TAKE ALL YOUR BELONGINGS WITH YOU BACK HOME
More than 600 items of litter per 100 meter of beach is collected in the UK every year, and that is just the litter that we DO collect. Also, the majority of beach bins do not get recycled, so bring all your waste home for recycling.
NEVER TOUCH OR TAKE ANIMALS FROM THE OCEAN, INCLUDING CORAL AND SHELLS
Touching marine life can transfer foreign bacteria which can harm their immune system. All ocean life plays a role in the ecosystem and we must leave them in their natural habitat.
BRING A REUSABLE LITTER-BAG AND CLEAN UP
There will be people who are not as conscious about how they discard of things as you, so let’s go one step further to help our oceans, by cleaning up waste along our coastline.
DO NOT FEED ANIMALS IN THE OCEAN
It is not part of their natural diet and is both unhealthy and dangerous for the animal and the marine ecosystem.
RINSE SNORKEL AND DIVE GEAR WITH FRESH WATER BEFORE ENTERING THE WATER
To reduce the risk of mixing bacteria between ocean locations and marine life.
DEMAND SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES FROM COAST-CONNECTED BUSINESSES
It is important that businesses around the oceans take responsibility for the impact their practices have on ocean life. Speak to your dive shop, boating store, hotel, and other coastal businesses to see what they are doing to save our oceans.
CHOOSE SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD
Fish keep the oceans healthy, and 1/3 of fisheries in the world are currently fishing faster than stock can replenish, leading to massive overfishing. Choosing to eat seafood which is not overfished is vital to our ocean’s health. HERE is a great guide to what seafood is sustainable in your country.
LIVE A MORE SUSTAINABLE LIFE
Our oceans are experiencing irreversible effects Our oceans are experiencing serious consequences from climate change due to rising water temperatures that are already irreversible, but further damage can be prevented. We need to refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle and remind others of the importance of living as sustainable as possible.
Written by the Nature Unite team