Today’s blog is not about how our oceans are in trouble, but about the many wonderful organizations that are working to save them. They range from those that help keep beaches and shorelines clean—today many will be picking up litter—to those that take aggressive action against polluting and improper fishing practices.
Surfrider strives for accessible beaches, clean water, protection of our oceans, preservation of our coasts and keeping plastic from polluting our waterways. Take 3‘s title indicates their message to beach goers. Take 3 bits of trash away when you visit a beach.
Blue Frontier is a grassroots organization or as they say, a seaweed organization, calling attention to conserving the oceans. 5gyres is dedicated to ridding our oceans of plastic.
Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation via efforts to affect policies that make a difference.
Blue Ocean Institute focuses on the positive, encouraging defending fish rather than condemning poor fishing practices.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is particularly aggressive in stopping whaling vessels from engaging in species-endangering whaling and fishing practices. Their methods may be controversial, but Sea Shepherd decreases the number of whales killed and garners attention for the plight of these beautiful creatures.
Greenpeace is known for a range of environmental activism and is among the most successful organizations working in the area of oceans, whales and seafood. They aim to to change seafood choices made at a wholesale level, convince governments and the United Nations that marine reserves are critical to our oceans’ future, and fight to close loopholes that enable commercial whaling.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researches and educates on ocean life, coastal oceans, climate change’s effect on oceans, and deep water exploration. As such they are among the most influential on ocean related issues. Scripps Institute of Oceanography is a second influential research institute. They run the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and head the world’s largest privately funded network for observing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Ocean Conservancy helps formulate ocean policy at the federal and state government levels based on peer reviewed science.
Mission Blue was founded by the first female aquanaut and has identified Hope Spots— special places critical to the health of the ocean — Earth’s blue heart. Some are formally protected, while Mission Blue is working to provide protection for the others. San Francisco Bay is one of the Hope Spots.
Deep Sea Conservation Network is an alliance of over 70 organizations including Greenpeace, Oceana and the Natural Resources Defense Council— an organization defending the entire planet and its life from the ill effects of climate change.
I find these organizations inspiring, but my point is not for readers to relax and think the threat to our oceans is being handled, but to point to organizations that need your support to solve the problems. Other things you can do: eat seafood that is sustainably fished—ask before you buy— minimize plastic use, and help create awareness of the effect of climate change on the oceans. They provide 70% of the world’s oxygen. Our lives depend on healthy oceans.
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Happy World Oceans Day!