Do you want to make a positive difference in the world?
We have hardly scratched the surface when it comes to exploring the ocean, so it is a prime candidate for conservation. But the ocean is so vast, it can be hard to know how to make a difference.
We are here to help. Read on for some creative ways you can volunteer your time to help save the ocean.
Growing Artificial Reefs
Conservationists are able to design and sink entire artificial reef structures. The materials are easy to find, the structures get put together on land, and then sunk into key areas in the ocean.
Like nurseries, fragments are collected and transplanted. Divers then maintain the reef to help it develop. If successful, the artificial reef will thrive on its own over time.
The reef provides shelter to marine animals that are struggling with habitat destruction. Programs around the world recruit artists to design these structures. So if you have an artistic flair, why not get involved?
Ever wanted to see the ocean’s top predators up close? They aren’t the blood-thirsty monsters they’re made out to be.
Sharks play a vital role in marine ecosystems and need our help to protect them. They’re actually peaceful and fascinating creatures.
By joining a marine conservation project, you’ll be protecting species including the whale shark and the great white. You will gain experience in research and marine biology along with diving. Your volunteer time will go towards shark conservation.
Sea Turtle Head-Starting
Did you know sea turtles have been alive since long before the extinction of the dinosaurs? But now they need our help. All seven different species of sea turtle are on the endangered species list.
Only one in every 1,000 baby turtles survive to reach adulthood. Pollution, black market trading, and habitat destruction reduce this even further.
Head-starting raises hatchlings in a safe, healthy environment in their first critical year. Then the healthy, strong turtles have a ‘head-start’ on their lives and a better chance of survival.
Reef & Beach Cleanups
Plastic waste is one of the most serious threats to the ocean and it’s creatures. 8 million metric tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year. This means by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
Land-based and underwater cleanups happen worldwide. They’re organized by dive centers, nonprofits and members of the public.
Picking up trash on your vacation abroad may not sound appealing, but it’s great to meet travelers and locals. You’ll meet new friends and help the environment at the same time.
Water Quality Testing
The ocean is the world’s filter. It absorbs 93% of carbon dioxide emissions. But since the industrial revolution, agricultural, industrial and commercial waste are entering the sea in ever increasing amounts. These chemicals wreak havoc with the ecosystem.
Water quality testing is important to check the health of a local ecosystem. The results help identify the pressures it’s under which can lead to solutions. With your help, they can cover more ground and get more waterways tested.
Do Your Part to Save the Ocean
These are a just a few of the ways in which you can do your part to help save the ocean. Whether you are helping sea creatures, cleaning or even making new habitats, you are contributing to a worthy and vital cause.
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