Now, more than ever, the fate of the ocean is in our hands. According to UCSB and NOAA, over 40% of the world’s oceans have been heavily affected by human activities. Overfishing, pollution and climate change have all left an indelible mark on ocean ecosystems. What most of us don’t realize though is that we often contribute to these destructive factors with ordinary things we do every day. Luckily, making even a few simple lifestyle changes can bring significant environmental gains.
As divers, it is a given that we love the ocean and all the marine life in it. However, as the days pass, many of the famous and loved dive sites slowly decline in health and beauty. Luckily, recent years have seen a proliferation of nonprofit groups working on both a public and political level to save and protect our oceans. One of the best ways you can contribute to marine conservation is by joining one of these groups and donating to the cause. Here is a list of what we think are some of the best marine/ocean conservation organizations.
Lately, the term citizen science has been something of a buzzword, however, the concept is really nothing new. Before science became a profession in the 1800s, amateur naturalists, who sought discovery in their leisure time, were collecting information in order to understand the world better. No wonder, that even after the science as we know it came to be, contributions from non-professionals continued. Yet, only recently has the profession of science reunited with leisure participation and the activity became popular.
If you already miss your dive vacation or feel particularly ocean sick tonight, you have landed at the right place, as we have assembled a list of the most beautiful and moving ocean documentaries that are guaranteed to make you feel like you’re out at the sea. Furthermore, watching these documentaries will help you learn about the ocean and hopefully inspire you to take action to protect it.
As the weather is getting warmer and warmer, many of us start stocking up on various sun protection products. When choosing a sunscreen we usually look for an SPF number, water resistance, PA rating, etc. However, we often fail to consider how the products we use affect our oceans and the fragile coral reefs in particular.