Protection of Coral Reefs and Other Environments:
Coral reefs and the marine environment are currently under siege.
The sad news is...Reefs are being destroyed by pollution, over-fishing, anchor damage, and destructive fishing practices like dynamiting and use of toxic chemicals. This fragile environment is sending an SOS to anyone who will listen. Fish populations are already down. Coral growth is slowing. If we don't help them, they'll be lost to us...forever.
But there is hope.
Each one of us has the ability to help keep coral reefs alive.
Here are some of the ways that you can help them survive—
What can you do at home?
- Don't purchase items made from coral or other threatened marine life.
- Don't purchase dietary supplements or other products that are made from threatened wildlife, like shark cartilage.
- Don't order turtle, shark fin or other restaurant dishes made from threatened wildlife.
- Make sure the tuna you purchase (fresh or canned) has been caught using dolphin-safe techniques. If it doesn't say so on the can or packaging, don't buy it!
- Don't eat at "live-fish" restaurants where the fish may have been captured using cyanide.
- Educate yourself about the source of the seafood you choose to eat. Prawn farms can lead to the destruction of mangroves, and shrimp are often collected by dragging nets which kill all the marine life in their path. Turtles are frequently drowned when they get caught in shrimp nets without, or with mal-functioning, TEDs (turtle excluder devices). On average, 10 pounds of fish are wasted for each pound of shrimp gathered.
- Don't purchase tropical wood furniture or products that may come from clear-cut tropical forests.
- Don't purchase gas-filled balloons that can find their way into the sea, rivers and lakes, and suffocate birds, fish, mammals and coral.
- Join a highway or beach clean-up. Encourage others to join – form a group to participate together.
- Adopt something! A manatee, perhaps - a reef, or a turtle! How about adopting a humpback whale?