101 ways to make a difference for marine conservation
101 ways to participate in marine conservation
- Get inspired - go snorkeling or diving in your local marine environment or at a marine reserve. This is likely to give you an appreciation of what is at stake.
- Make sure you don't let anything but rain go down the drain - everything eventually ends up in streams, rivers and the ocean.
- Help lobby for a marine reserve in your local area.
- Start lobbying for a marine reserve in your local area.
- Start a conversation at your school, work, club, flat on marine conservation.
- Organise a group to do a beach 'clean-up' at your local beach. Rubbish has been found in the stomachs of dead turtles, seabirds and other marine animals...it shouldn't be in our oceans!!
- Stop eating slow-growing fish like Orange Roughy and opt for more sustainable options
- Clean up your trash, even when not near the water. It's amazing that a vast majority of trash in our waterways comes from land-based activities. Even trash discarded miles inland can make it to the ocean, carried by the rain and the winds.
- Retrieve your monofilament fishing line. Don't leave fishing line in the water and remove others' when you find it...being careful no to tug on snagged lines that could be caught on important habitat below the surface.
- Contain and properly clean spills when boating. Use oil-absorbent rags or even diapers to clean spills.
- Recycle used motor oil and oil filters. Your local gas station or refuse centre should have facilities for recycling these materials. Never pour oil, paint, antifreeze, or other household chemicals into the stormwater drains.
- Find alternative household chemicals. Don't use fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides that can wash into open waters. Use lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda for household cleaning.
- Become a storm drain sentry. Stencil your local drains to remind people where the things they dump there end up...and of the potential consequences. Your local council might have some stencils already made up that you can borrow.
- Use cloth bags for groceries. Take them with you when you shop to reduce the number of plastic bags you use. In addition to being ugly, plastic bags can choke marine life when mistaken for food.
- Properly dispose of used batteries and electronics. Use your local recycling centre. Electronics leach harmful chemicals into the environment. Once there, these toxic pollutants can effect the environment for decades.
- Contact your elected representatives. Let them know you care about the effects of marine debris and that you are watching what they do to stop it. Then, vote for candidates who support marine debris prevention and are good stewards of our ocean.
The following contributions were submitted by the St. Francis Xavier Clean Green Stream Team (Brad, Mikayla, Georgia, Mathieu, Charlotte, Saraya, Tayla, Finn and Gage) who have been working hard with their community to solve the mystery of the dead eels that they found in their local stream and finding out how they can improve its health and keep it clean.
They've been finding out heaps along the way and meeting all sorts of people involved in the health of local waterways including local community members, Northland Regional Council staff, Drains-to-Harbour' (DTH) coordinator (Kim Boyle) and National MP, Phil Heatly. As part of their mission they've been spreading the word around their school and wider community by stencilling stormwater drains with the 'Drains to Harbour - Rainwater Only' message and talking with their school and community about thier findings. They also recently attended the National Problem Solving Champs where their message was put on a national stage - great work guys!!
- Don't wash your car by a drain.
- Take a bus, so you can save depositing oil in the drain.
- Clean your car on the grass so that the grass acts as a sponge and soaks up the soapy water.
- Don't dump anything in the drain - like chemicals and rubbish.
- Do your bit by not littering our world and stop other people from littering.
- Don't paint near drains.
- Don't dump toxic things in the stream.
- Don't do cement near drains.
- Don't catch too many fish.
- Don't throw your bait packets overboard.
- Pay attention to environmental news.
- Don't just dump rubbish.
- Don't wash your car on concrete.
- Use less aerosols.
- Don't waste water.
- Have a short shower.
- Don't litter.
- Only dump at dumps.
- Don't ride in a boat or car with an oil leak.
- Pick up rubbish in your spare time at a beach, river or in the bush.
- Don't wash your car in your driveway.
- Spread the word about caring for our stormwater drains.
- Put your rubbish in the bin.
- Recycle rubbish correctly.
- Recycle - reuse - reduce!!