Sunday, 4 December 2011

50 Ways to Be a Sea-Changer Part Two

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #16 
Ditch those plastic bags. According to Plastic Oceans, annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide and more than one million bags are used every minute. A plastic bag has an average “working life” of 15 minutes and Plastic Pollution is having a significant environmental impact particularly on marine life and coastlines. So make a difference to marine conservation by investing in some reusable bags to use when doing you go to the shops Why not try out Onya Bags?

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #17  
Think Again About Fish Farming. Many of us assume that farmed fish are a sustainable solution to over-fishing problems. But there are a range of environmental concerns associated with fish farming including:
        Dependence on industrial fisheries of wild fish stocks, for manufacture of fish-feed.
        Spread of disease and sea lice to and from wild stocks.
        Impacts on wild salmon stocks through escaped farmed salmon interbreeding with wild salmon.
        Nutrient pollution (from faeces and waste food) building up underneath cages and being suspended in the water column.
If you choose farmed fish, choose only organic farmed fish or fish from well-managed farms. You can find out lots more about sustainable fish farming on this video on responsible fish supply.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #18  
Think Before You Flush! Every day people flush objects such as cotton buds, sanitary products, condoms and razors down the toilet instead of putting them in the bin. Do you? This can have a huge negative impact on the water environment. From now on, only flush stuff that has passed through you and the toilet paper you use. Visit Surfers Against Sewage for more info.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #19 
Going out for a meal? Ask the restaurant if the fish they are serving is sustainable. If you want more information on restaurants that are already serving sustainable fish visit Fish to Fork.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #20  
Spend a cosy night in watching a good video. There are some great DVDs available which really shed light on the big issues facing marine conservation today. A good starting point is the ‘End of the Line’ film which focuses dramatically on the issues of over fishing and the impact of this on the ocean and our future.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #21 
Boycott Dolphinariums
For many of us, our first (and sometimes only) encounter with dolphins and whales comes from seeing them in Dolphinariums such as Sea World. Whilst this can be an amazing experience for the customer to see such amazing and intelligent mammals so close up it is not a positive experience for the animal. Whales and dolphins kept in unnatural, cramped environments experience great stress and this impacts drastically on their health. So boycott Dolphinariums and if you want to go a step further, campaign for the release of dolphins and whales where they are kept in captivity.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #22 
Learn about Whales and Dolphins in the wild and find out how surveying them can help to protect their future. The Sea Watch Foundation run a great two day programme from which you can learn all about these amazing animals as well as gain practical skills in how to carry out cetaceans surveys from land or sea. This means you can help provide invaluable survey data on whales and dolphins sightings around our coasts. You learn lots and gain skills to help SeaWatch learn more about cetaceans around our shores – win, win.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #23
Enjoy a walk along your local beach. Be inspired by it, remind yourself how fantastic the ocean makes you feel….and make sure you leave it in better shape that you found it:
  • Don’t walk on the dunes
  • Take along a rubbish bag and pick up any litter you find
  • If you are walking the dog – clean up after them
  •  Have a great day.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #24  
Watch the movie ‘The Cove’ This amazing film will open your eyes about how dolphins that are kept in captivity are captured. Shocking and gripping…you will never think of Flipper in the same way again.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #25 
Buy only sustainable fish. Scientists predict that if we continue fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most seafood by 2048.  Industrial fishing has depleted stock of tuna, cod, swordfish and marlin by as much as 90 percent.
One choice we have, is to eat less fish. Another is to only buy fish that is from well-managed sustainable sources. Download the Marine Conservation Society Good Fish Guide to ensure you make great fish choices 

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #26  
Conserve energy to help the seas and yourself. Conserving energy not only keeps your bills down but also reduces the impact of energy stations which can poison ocean waters and contribute to global warming. Loads of energy providers give advice on saving energy and a quick search can lead you to some great tips.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #27 
Become a Sea-Changer business. If you run a sailing business we need you.  We are looking for chandleries, boat sales and sailing training companies to become work with us and support marine conservation. It is easy to do, will cost you nothing and will enhance your environmental credentials. It will also make a massive difference to the seas. Email us on to find out more.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #28  
Dive responsibly.
Diving can impact on the ocean but there are some simple steps we can take to ensure we keep our environmental impact low. Areas to consider include:
  • Be aware of your body and equipment placement when diving
  • Keep your dive skills sharp through continuing education
  • Consider how your interactions affect aquatic life
  • Understand and respect underwater life
  • Be an eco-tourist
  • Report environmental disturbances or destruction
  • Don’t collect shells/marine life when diving
  • Get involved in local environmental activities and issues.
Read more here: Project Aware Tips

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #29 
Traveling over Christmas to see family and friends?  Book your ticket via easyfundraising and raise money to fund our work with your ticket purchase. Plan a great trip and raise money for marine conservation in a super simple way.

Ways to be a Sea-Changer #30 
Is it just us or do you sense a growing movement of people keen to make a real difference to the state of our oceans and marine conservation? We would love you all to get involved in sharing your ideas about how to Be a Sea-Changer. So come on, post your marine conservation ideas and news on our Facebook page or blog site.

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