Our ocean and marine habi­tats are being degrad­ed by anthro­pogenic influ­ence in many ways. Over­fish­ing desta­bi­lizes nor­mal pop­u­la­tion dynam­ics in marine habi­tats which con­tributes to the declin­ing num­bers of many aquat­ic ani­mals we know and love. As a result of human activ­i­ty, increas­ing­ly acid­i­fied ocean waters and ris­ing tem­per­a­tures are killing off ecosys­tem-sus­tain­ing coral and oth­er essen­tial marine life. The degra­da­tion of marine habi­tats stands to affect all of us in some way. This leads us to the ques­tion: what can you do?

  • Sus­tain­able fish­ing and con­sump­tion
    • There are many resources today that may be con­sult­ed in order to help guide con­sumers towards more sus­tain­able seafood con­sump­tion.
    • For exam­ple, the Mon­terey Bay Aquar­i­um Seafood Watch pro­gram lists sus­tain­able busi­ness­es and gives free, up-to-date seafood rec­om­men­da­tions. This guide may be accessed through The Seafood Watch App, or online at www.seafoodwatch.org
  • Plas­tic pol­lu­tion and ocean acid­i­fi­ca­tion:
    • Read and learn more about the harm­ful effects of plas­tic pol­lu­tion in our “Marine Debris” sec­tion. What you can do to help com­bat this is, of course, not to lit­ter, but fur­ther­more to use reusable con­tain­ers and try to cut down on plas­tic use in your day to day life. Rec­om­men­da­tions on what prod­ucts to buy and more infor­ma­tion on this sub­ject is avail­able in our “Over­ex­ploita­tion” sec­tion.
    • The ocean is acid­i­fy­ing as a result of increased atmos­pher­ic lev­els of anthro­pogeni­cal­ly pro­duced car­bon. The ocean absorbs some of this atmos­pher­ic car­bon which makes the water more acidic. This pos­es issues for many marine organ­isms includ­ing coral and shell­fish which strug­gle to form their cal­ci­um car­bon­ate shells in the increas­ing­ly acidic water. In order to help com­bat this issue, you must work to reduce your per­son­al out­put of anthro­pogenic car­bon. Ways to do this include: tak­ing pub­lic tran­sit, buy­ing local­ly pro­duced foods, using sus­tain­ably pro­duced prod­ucts, and many more eco-friend­ly and eas­i­ly imple­ment­ed lifestyle changes. To cal­cu­late your cur­rent lev­el car­bon emis­sions and to learn more about changes you can make, vis­it our “Over­ex­ploita­tion” sec­tion.
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