Ocean Conservation How Can You Help?

By Rebecca Ruger

Meet 5 of the organizations that are working to save the oceans. It’s no easy task, but they’re out there, all around the world, and at it everyday. According to Oceana, the problem is that , “The oceans are vast, but they are not immune to human influence. We have already altered or destroyed marine ecosystems and driven million-year-old species to the brink of extinction. According to a study published in Science, less than 4 percent of the oceans remain unaffected by human activity.”

Surfrider Foundation. This grassroots foundation focuses on five key areas of ocean conservation-- beach access, clean water, ocean protection, coastal preservation, and plastic pollution. With 81 chapters and 85 youth clubs around the country, Surfrider offers a response to local threats in coastal communities across the US. surfrider.org

Oceana is the largest organization in the world dedicated to marine conservation. Established in 2001 by several charitable foundations, it merged in 2002 with American Oceans Campaign, an organization founded in 1987 by actor/activist, Ted Danson, to “more effectively address our common mission of protecting and restoring the world’s oceans.” oceana.org

Ocean Conservancy. Based in Washington, DC, the Ocean Conservancy emphasizes long-term solutions for strong oceans, wildlife, and coastal communities. Their current agendas include supporting sustainable fisheries, working to combat ocean acidification, and restoring the Gulf of Mexico.  oceanconservancy.org.

5 Gyres Institute. Husband-and-wife team Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins co-founded the 5 Gyres Institute to combat the ever-growing plastic pollution problem through science, art, education, and adventure. Already, they’ve fought successfully for the ban of plastic microbeads used in skincare and cosmetic products in the U.S. 5gyres.org

Sea Shepherd. Established in 1977, the mission of Sea Shepherd is “to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.” Sea Shepherd investigates, documents, and takes action where necessary to “expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas.”  seashepherd.org

This article appeared in the Glassing Magazine September/October 2018 issue.

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