Tuesday, 15 November 2011

50 ways to be a Sea-Changer Part One

In the countdown to Christmas Sea-Changers started a Twitter and Facebook campaign, ‘50 Ways to be a Sea-Changer’. We’ve been posting a new idea each day about how you can be a Sea-Changer and make a real difference to the oceans and contribute towards marine conservation. We would love it if you join in, post your own ideas or comment on Twitter and Facebook. If you are a marine conservation group or organisation your ideas are welcome too. If you tweet just tag  #BeASeaChanger & we'll share! So to start us off in this three part blog…here’s entries #1-15.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #1.
Let’s start with an easy one….make Sea-Changers Facebook page your own.
  • Post your marine conservation stories, ideas and thoughts on our Facebook page. Inspire others to take action for the sea.
  • Share, like and comment on Sea-Changers’ posts.
  • Get involved in our ‘Be a Sea-Changer’ campaign by posting your own suggestions on how to change the sea for the better.
  • Recommend the page to five of your friends.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #2. 
Recommend Sea-Changers to your favourite dive, sailing cruise or surf company and ask them to become Sea-Changers Business. Or tell us about your local marine retailer and we will get in touch with them.It would be great to add to our growing list of Sea-Changer businesses who are working for marine conservation.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #3.
Fancy a tuna sandwich for lunch? Make sure it is sustainable. Pole and line caught tuna is a better choice than purse-seine netted tuna, as it has close to zero by-catch of other species such as turtles, sharks and rays. A ‘purse seine’ is a large net which can be drawn closed like a purse, trapping everything inside. When you buy, read the labelling or look out for Marine Stewardship Council symbol.
Ways to be a Sea-Changer #4.
Clean a beach. There are some great beach clean events to get involved in and it is a great way to make a very practical difference. If you are UK based check out Marine Conservation Society and their Beachwatch scheme or come along to our MCS beach clean at Sandsend

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #5.
Be green when sailing on the Blue.
Recreational boating can generate pollution and environmental problems. As more and more of us take to the water we risk damaging the sea but there are some simple steps we can take to ensure we keep our  environmental impact low. Areas to consider include:
  • How to use oils and fuel
  • Which cleaning products have low environmental impact 
  •  Disposing of waste carefully
  • Ensuring you dispose of sewage correctly, and
  •  Respecting  wildlife whilst out sailing
The Green Blue offer some great advice to sailors about minimising their  environmental impact so visit their website.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #6.
Raise money for Sea-Changers and marine conservation whilst doing your Christmas Shopping online. Sign up to easyfundraising and raise money to fund our work with every purchase.

Ways to be a Sea-Changers #7
Act now to save our Marine Conservation Zones
An urgent request....The Marine and Coastal Access Act of 2009 promised a coherent network of protection around our coasts by 2012. This September, after two years of consultation the regional stakeholder projects recommended a network of 127 MCZs in English and Welsh offshore waters. It looked as though we had finally achieved a solid foundation on which to build an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas. However, it has now become apparent that Defra may reduce the number of recommended Marine Conservation Zones put forward for consultation by the UK Government and the public next year. It is vital that the entire network is consulted on; any reduction in the number of MCZs will weaken the network from the very beginning.    
The Wildlife Trusts are asking us to place immediate pressure on the Parliament Under-Secretary for Natural Environment and Fisheries, Richard Benyon MP to ensure Defra does not reduce the number of Marine Conservation Zones going forward for consultation in 2012. We would be very grateful if you could write to the Minister highlighting your concerns and share The Wildlife Trusts Petition Fish Campaign with all your friends and family.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #8.
Ask your local supermarket to stock sustainable fish and to remove endangered fish from the shelves. Check out: The Bite Back website and support their supermarket campaign.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #9.
Use your mobile phone to save the seas. Donate to Sea-Changers by texting SEAS10£1 to 70070 and raise funds to fund our marine conservation work.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #10
Review the cleaning products you use. Toxins from household cleaning products end up going through the sewage system and into the oceans where they concentrate in plankton, which feeds small fish, which in turn feed larger fish which, in the end, we may eat. It is not clear what the impact of toxins in the sea has on us when we swim, dive or surf, but we have to assume it’s not good. There are green alternatives out there, so check the labels and make the change.
For more information on this, check out the Surfers against Sewage website.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #11
Think About Who is The Real Predator.
There have been a number of shark attacks around the world this year. But here is something to consider. Who is really the dangerous predator? Whilst it is of course a tragedy when someone is killed by a shark, the very fact that it makes global news headlines is because it is such a rare thing. In the meantime here are some killer statistics you don’t get on the news:
Around 100 million sharks are slaughtered by human beings each year – that is over a quarter of a million sharks every single day. By 2017 it is anticipated that 20 species of shark could become extinct due to hunting, and indiscriminate fishing techniques. 
This is because shark fins are so highly prized. They have become one of the world's most precious commodities. Visit The Bite Back website to find out how you can campaign against selling shark fins in restaurants and supermarkets in the UK.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #12
Raise money for Sea-Changers whilst searching online for your Christmas present ideas. Go to Easysearch. If every Sea-Changers Facebook friend did ten searches a week through easy search you could raise £300+ per year!

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #13
Ask Father Christmas for a Reusable Bottle for Christmas. 12,500 plastic bottles are thrown away every 8.3 seconds. Many end up on our beaches or in our seas. Keep your self hydrated with an ocean friendly option : Try the bottles sold by Onya Bags

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #14
Campaign for the establishment of more marine reserves. A SHOCKING 0.6% OF OUR WORLDS OCEANS ARE PROTECTED and it simply isn’t enough. The establishment of large-scale networks of marine reserves, urgently needed to protect marine species and their habitats, could be key to reversing global fisheries decline. For more information and to sign a petition campaigning for more reserves check out Greenpeace or the Blue Marine Foundation.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #15
Read the Sea-Changers blog, post a comment and recommend it to five friends or marine businesses you think may be interested.

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