Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Help The Dolphins From Home

Many of you have asked what you can do to help protect dolphins and conserve our oceans from home. Here are five ways to get involved from anywhere in the world to lend a hand, or flipper, to marine mammals:

Eat eco-friendly fish: If you eat seafood, eat fish that is harvested in a sustainable way, which means eating species that that have a healthy population, and whose harvest minimizes bycatch... and impacts on the environment.

Lessen your carbon footprint: Reduce global warming by taking simple steps that will likely save money in the long run - drive less, walk more, use less electricity and water. Don't forget to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

Participate in a Cleanup: Help clean up a local beach, park or roadway and pick up that litter before it gets into the marine environment. Even trash hundreds of miles from the ocean can eventually float or blow into the ocean.

Never release balloons: They are a danger to wildlife, who can swallow them accidentally, mistake them for food, or get tangled up in their strings. After your party, pop the balloons and throw them in the trash instead of releasing them.

Stay involved and informed: Most people do not understand all of the issues. A great resource is the website for NOAA Fisheries at Click on “Protecting Marine Species” and then click on “Marine Mammal Conservation”.