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10 Ways to Protect Coral Reefs
By Monika M Mira   
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Last edited: Monday, November 01, 2010
Posted: Monday, November 01, 2010

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There are some simple steps that you can take to help protect our coral reefs and natural resources even if you live far from the ocean. Here is a list of 10 ways to help.

In the wake of the Gulf oil spill and other recent news about dying and endangered coral reefs it is increasingly important to help protect our marine resources. Even those that live inland, far from the ocean can take steps to help protect coral reefs. Coral reefs are at the base of the oceanic food web; coral reef extinction could have unimaginable effects upon ocean ecosystems and food supplies that millions of people are dependent upon. Below is a list 10 Ways that you can help protect coral reefs and marine resources here in Hawaii and around the world.

 

1.) Reduce your carbon footprint. Carbon dioxide contributes to global warming and ocean acidification, both of which can have devastating effects on coral reef ecosystems.

2.) Reduce your plastic consumption. Avoid plastic grocery bags, cut six-pack rings and recycle. Marine debris is a threat to sea birds and marine life by both ingestion and entanglement. Chemical leaching from plastics may provide an additional threat.

3.) Take steps to decrease overfishing and support sustainable fishing practices.

4.) Get educated. Learn more about oceans and reefs so that you can help others understand their value.

5.) Prevent marine water pollution in the following two ways: a.) Avoid the use of potential pollutants and chemicals by choosing eco friendly products and b.) Minimize your own runoff by decreasing impervious surfaces.

6.) Support green and reef-friendly businesses and/or encourage businesses to participate in reef protection and education activities. If you are part of the publishing industry, choose to print on recycled paper. Consumeres can buy books printed on recycled paper.

7.) Support sustainable development, especially the reduction of impervious surfaces. Unsustainable coastal development in particular can present a huge threat to reefs and marine resources.

8.) Support local conservation programs and organizations.

9.) If you are a boater, never anchor directly onto a reef. Instead, anchor in sandy areas or on moorings and only support tour companies that follow this rule.

10.) Be an “informed aquarist”; choose cultured species and avoid purchasing gathered species.

 


 

 

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