10 Ways to Stop Marine Debris

by OldSailor on January 12, 2009

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ocean_conservancy Ocean Conservancy is on a mission to promote healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems. They oppose practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through research, education, and science-based advocacy, Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans.

Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup tells us 10 Things You Can Do To Stop Marine Debris’.

1.Join Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.stop_marine_debris

2.Clean up your trash. Throw all trash away in proper receptacles, even when you’re not on the water. Pick up any debris you see while out.

3.Collect your monofilament fishing line. Don’t leave fishing line behind and retrieve any other line you may find while fishing, but be careful not to tug on snagged lines, which could be caught on habitat below the surface.

4.Contain and properly clean spills when boating. Use oil-absorbent rags and materials to clean spills. Check Ocean Conservancy’s Good Mate manual for helpful tips on reducing your negative impacts on the water.

5.Recycle used motor oil and oil filters. Local gas stations should have appropriate facilities for recycling these materials. NEVER pour oil, paint, antifreeze or other household chemicals into an open sewer or down a storm drain.

6.Consider organic alternatives to household detergents and cleaners. Use lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda for household cleaning. Avoid using fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and harsh chemical cleaners that can wash into waterways.

7.Choose reusable items and use fewer disposable ones. Use fewer disposable bags when shopping or bring your own reusable ones.

8.Properly dispose of used batteries and electronics. Use your local recycling center. Don’t dump them in landfills. Electronics leach harmful chemicals into the environment that take a long time to disperse.

9.Keep streets, sidewalks, parking lots and storm drains clear of trash and debris – they empty into our ocean.

10.Contact your elected representatives and let them know you care about marine debris – and that they should, too. Vote for candidates who support marine debris prevention and policies that protect our environment.

Read the full report from Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Report 2007 as pdf.

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