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How to save the oceans
Environmentally, the oceans are in just as much trouble as the land.  Taking care of the water that covers three-quarters of the globe is a huge task.  It’s not easy to keep it clean and healthy and protect the magical and colorful life that dwells within it.  To do your part and help preserve and protect the seven seas, here are a few tips and tricks to incorporate into your lifestyle:

• With the fear of pollution, it is natural for people to feel ‘fishy’ about purchasing fish.  In order to ensure a safe alternative, buy fish from your local market, guaranteeing that the meat has been cleaned properly and is safe for human consumption.  Or, go vegetarian and help the Earth by eating meat-free and fish-free meals. See our blog, “Eating Green."

• Avoid plastic as often as possible. During the recycling process, plastic tends to return to the ocean and cause harm to the water world and the creatures that dwell there. 

• Indulge in fishless Fridays!  It is a tradition to eat fried fish on Fridays with friends; however, if you wish to preserve the wildlife, try taking a healthier alternative and eat veggies instead.  If you cannot live without your fish-fry on Fridays, then try aiming for a meatless Monday. 

• Oil is the major ocean polluter aside from plastic. Try conserving as much oil as you can by car-pooling, walking, riding a bike, etc.  Gas prices are skyrocketing this summer, so take advantage of the lovely weather and put on your tennis shoes.  Every step you take aids in the preservation of the oceans and is good for you, too! 

• With the summer rays shining down, many of us wear sunscreen to protect ourselves from the harmful UVA/UVB rays.  Sunscreen contains chemicals that can hurt you as well as hurt the ocean if you decide to take a dip.  Sunscreen is not healthy to apply to the skin on a regular basis, so try and lessen the application as well as limit your time in the sun, or look for chemical-free sunscreens that are better for the environment and you. Check out these suggestions.

Every little bit helps.  Apply these tips to your daily life and every time you visit the ocean.  That big body of water needs to be protected, and you have the power to do so.