Watch this video with your family and friends to learn small things you can do that could have a big impact on the well-being of our ocean.
Eating sustainable seafood, reducing your waste, and getting involved are all good ways to help care for the ocean. Try some of these other simple tips to become a real ocean hero!
- Conserve water. Being water-wise can make a big difference for the ocean, cut your family's costs, and save energy. Try turning the water off when you brush your teeth, taking shorter showers, fixing leaky pipes, air-drying dishes and clothes, and letting the rain wash your car. How creative can you be when it comes to saving water?
- Explore. Discover the answer to the question, "How are you connected to the ocean?" Get to know your local lakes, streams, ponds, and rivers. Then explore how they are connected to the ocean using maps, books, and local experts.
- Learn about the ocean. Dive into reading! Read about the ocean and ways you can help. Visit aquariums and zoos to meet the ocean animals that will benefit from your help.
- Take a vacation. Plan a trip to the beach. Visit a marine protected area (MPA), support local businesses, and have fun in the water!
- Get your hands dirty. Plant a rain garden at home using native plants. Rain gardens trap stormwater runoff and keep it from polluting local waterways that lead to the ocean.
to argue in favor of something.
a container or tank where aquatic plants and animals are kept, or an institution that keeps such containers.
molecular properties of a substance.
management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.
to save or use wisely.
to poison or make hazardous.
destruction or removal of forests and their undergrowth.
ability to resist wear and decay.
group of organisms linked in order of the food they eat, from producers to consumers, and from prey, predators, scavengers, and decomposers.
all related food chains in an ecosystem. Also called a food cycle.
amount of food produced in a specific area at a specific time.
to carry out plans.
area of the ocean where a government has placed limits on human activity.
indigenous, or from a specific geographic region.
large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.
introduction of harmful materials into the environment.
to clean or process in order to make suitable for reuse.
available supply of materials, goods, or services. Resources can be natural or human.
fish and shellfish consumed by humans.
group of similar organisms that can reproduce with each other.
excess water that overflows onto a road or other surface due to heavy rainfall.
use of resources in such a manner that they will never be exhausted.
entire river system or an area drained by a river and its tributaries.
organisms living in a natural environment.