You’ve met the turtles, you’ve followed the action, you’ve cheered yourself hoarse, and you’ve learned a thing or two along the way. The Great Turtle Race may have ended, but the journey towards healthy sea turtle populations and healthy seas isn’t over yet — both still need your help.
Take the following steps and show our leatherback champs that you care. Bring a friend or two along for the ride and multiply your impact.
- Keep up with what’s happening with sea turtles around the globe at www.SeaTurtleStatus.org.
- Learn more about what conservation groups are doing to save leatherbacks in the Atlantic Ocean at www.FreeTheLeatherback.com, and in the Pacific Ocean at www.leatherback.org.
- Of course, keep checking www.conservation.org for the conservation stories, photos and the latest news and events.
MINIMIZE FISHERY IMPACTS
Smart seafood choices are good for everyone: sea turtles, oceans, fishermen, you, and your family. Learn about the impacts of different fishing and fish farming methods and use your purchasing power to promote responsible stewardship of marine resources.
Online? Check out www.blueocean.org/seafood for more information.
On the go? Text FishPhone™ to get instant information on a fish you’re considering. Text FISH and the name of the species you would like to learn more about to 30644 (e.g., FISH SHRIMP, or FISH MACKEREL); in under ten seconds Blue Ocean will send you a recommendation and the reason for it.
DISPENSE WITH DISPOSABLES
Pollution affects sea turtles in many ways, both directly and indirectly. Take stock of the goods that you use and learn what you can substitute for more environmentally friendly products, and what you can do without altogether.
Start by replacing the single-use plastic bags, bottles, and utensils in your life with reusable ones and join the Bring Your Own movement.
Learn more at http://www.bringyourown.org/.
Find what you need at http://www.reusablebags.com/.
KEEP OCEANS CLEAN
JOIN OR ORGANIZE A COMMUNITY CLEANUP
Even if you recycle what you can and properly dispose of what you can’t, your waste can sometimes end up in the wrong place – on the street, in they sky, and on the water. No matter how it gets there, loose waste can end up in the ocean.
Don’t let it get that far. Join the annual International Coastal Cleanup or bring your community together independently to collect trash along the shores of a local waterway, park, or street.