The Safina Center
(formerly Blue Ocean Institute) 80 North Country Road Setauket, NY 11733 631-675-1984
(above photo: Great South Channel, off Martha’s Vineyard. ©Carl Safina. Common dolphins.)
The oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, and yet they’re one of the least-understood habitats on the planet. And unfortunately, they’re one of the most threatened–by things like climate change, overfishing, bycatch, plastic pollution, and more. More and greater efforts to protect the oceans and the life they contain are vital. Learn more about what you can do to help here:
Prevent plastic trash from getting into the oceans. Here are some tips to help you reduce your use of plastic products, so less of it ends up in the oceans:
Support marine protected areas. Marine protected areas serve as refuges for marine life. They’re places where fish, marine mammals, corals and other creatures can live without being exploited for human use. Nominate a marine area you want to see protected through Mission Blue’s Hope Spot program, here.
Take part in a beach cleanup. Beach cleanups are a good way to remove trash from marine ecosystems, preventing harm to marine and coastal creatures. Look for cleanup locations near you through the Ocean Conservancy.