Whether you live near Florida’s Coral Reef or far from any ocean or river, everyone can do something to help this important natural resource thrive:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce single-use plastic consumption and check your local recycling regulations to be sure you are recycling items properly. Disposing other waste properly helps minimize the amount of marine debris in our oceans.
Choose sustainable seafood
Eating responsibly harvested fish keeps our oceans healthy by supporting thriving fish populations.
Check sunscreen active ingredients
Some chemicals commonly found in popular sunscreens have been shown to negatively impact marine life. The best option is to avoid these products by opting for long sleeve Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) clothing, sunglasses, and hats, or by using mineral-based sunscreens.
Be a marine debris crusader
Volunteering to clean your local beach, reef, or waterway is a great way to act locally and make an impact globally. Find a local cleanup by visiting: http://www.volunteercleanup.org/find.
Conserve water and use fertilizers and pesticides wisely
Conserving water in your home minimizes the wastewater that eventually finds its way back to our oceans. Polluted runoff from fertilizers and pesticides that are improperly applied can lead to algae growth that blocks the sunlight corals need to survive.
Conserve energy at home
Reduce your carbon footprint by using energy efficient light bulbs and setting your thermostat conservatively (lower in the winter and higher in the winter) can be good for your electric bill and our oceans.
Come visit us!
If you are planning a visit to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, choose a Blue Star Operator for fishing or diving charters.