Ten Ways to Protect Coral Reefs
By: The Coral Reef Institute (www.coralreefinstitute.org)
- 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.
- Recycle – keeping trash out of oceans and landfills will assist in the water quality.
- Conserve Water – the less water you use, the less wastewater eventually finds its way back to the ocean.
- Support organizations that protect coral reefs. Your support is very important.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Respect local guidelines when visiting reefs. Ask at local environmentally friendly businesses how to be a reef-friendly tourist.
- 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.
- Report illegal activities on reef ecosystems. Illegal fishing, improper anchoring, dumping of trash should be reported to proper authorities.
Wild Studies Suggests ….
- Reduce your fossil fuel consumption by carpooling, weather proofing your home, and reusing plastic, metals, paper, and glass.
- Be a coral reef advocate. Tell your friends and family what they can do to protect this precious ecosystem.
- Stay educated! Keep learning about issues facing coral reefs and the local and global environment.
- Never buy live coral from pet stores or dead coral from souvenir shops.