If you love the ocean, then you know the importance of protecting this beautiful natural resource. Failing to take care of the ocean means we endanger its wildlife and cause unhealthy and hazardous conditions for humans. There are a number of ways you can do your part. This section of our website is dedicated to the care and protection of the ocean.
The most important thing you can do to protect the ocean is make sure you don’t leave a trace when you visit the beach. This means clean up all your litter. If it’s a windy day, take your trash with you and dispose of it once you leave the beach. Wind can carry unsecured items from trash cans and debris can get into the ocean.
Plan for ocean protection before you arrive
It’s a good idea to think about what you can do to protect the ocean before you even arrive at the beach. Plan to bring reusable and not disposable items. Disposable items pose a threat to the environment if they get into the water or are consumed by animals. Use reusable containers, not baggies. Baggies tend to get picked up and blown around by the wind. Avoid the use of plastic straws as they endanger the wildlife. Many towns, including Brigantine, Avalon and Stone Harbor have outlawed the dispensing of plastic bags for grocery and other store-bought items. This is one way towns are working to protect the ocean and ocean wildlife.
For more information about protecting the coastal eco-system, check out The Wetlands Institute.
Protection of the ocean is crucial if we are to continue to enjoy this natural resource, it’s beauty and its bountiful marine wildlife.
There are so many things you can do to protect the ocean. Our articles below lay out some of these ideas to help aid in the protection of both the beach and the ocean. Do you have any practices to help protect the ocean? Please share them below. The more information we can share about protecting the coast, the better off we all will be.
We want our kids, grandkids and future generations to be able to enjoy the ocean. But if we don’t take the steps now to protect the ocean, they may not be able to enjoy it like we do now.
Read more below to learn more!