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Ten Ways to Protect Coral Reefs

By: The Coral Reef Institute (www.coralreefinstitute.org)

  1. If you dive or snorkel – Take only photos and leave only bubbles! Keep your fins, equipment, and hands off the coral reefs. A single touch can kill live corals.
  2. Recycle – keeping trash out of oceans and landfills will assist in the water quality.
  3. Conserve Water – the less water you use, the less wastewater eventually finds its way back to the ocean.
  4. Support organizations that protect coral reefs. Your support is very important.
  5. Reduce or eliminate fertilizers and pesticides from your life. No matter how far from the ocean environment you are the residues will make their way back to the ocean.
  6. Do not anchor on the reef ecosystems. Use mooring buoys when available. If your favorite dive site does not have buoys – organize a project to install them!
  7. Do not throw away trash. There is no away! Carry your trash home with you – if others leave trash behind, pick it up and carry it to a proper disposal site. Plastic bags, six-pack rings, and other trash can kill sea life.
  8. Respect local guidelines when visiting reefs. Ask at local environmentally friendly businesses how to be a reef-friendly tourist.
  9. Volunteer for local beach clean-ups and reef clean up programs. Being a part of the solution is better than being part of the problem.
  10. Report illegal activities on reef ecosystems. Illegal fishing, improper anchoring, dumping of trash should be reported to proper authorities.

 

Wild Studies Suggests ….
  1. Reduce your fossil fuel consumption by carpooling, weather proofing your home, and reusing plastic, metals, paper, and glass.
  2. Be a coral reef advocate. Tell your friends and family what they can do to protect this precious ecosystem.
  3. Stay educated! Keep learning about issues facing coral reefs and the local and global environment.
  4. Never buy live coral from pet stores or dead coral from souvenir shops.

 


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