8 Easy Ways You Can Help Coral Reefs
Here are some simple, effective actions you can take to help save coral reefs and the fish, animals and plants that depend on them.
Coral reefs benefit almost 500 million people and provide habitat for 25% of all marine species, but they’re also the most threatened. TNC and SHEBA® brand are teaming up to protect and restore this rich ecosystem.
SHEBA has created The Channel that Grows Coral where every video viewed on the channel will result in a donation to TNC to support its coral reef restoration initiatives.
Want to help? Here are some simple, effective actions you can take to help save coral reefs and the fish, animals and plants that depend on them.
1. Watch and share
Watch and share the new SHEBA video, “The Film that Grows Coral” to help raise funds for reef restoration.
Volunteer in local beach or reef cleanups. If you don’t live near the coast, get involved in protecting your watershed. Find an opportunity near you.
3. Visit a reef and dive responsibly
Avoid touching reefs or anchoring your boat on the reef. Contact with the reef will damage the delicate coral animals, and anchoring on the reef can kill corals.
4. Choose a reef-friendly sunscreen
Several common sunscreen ingredients, including oxybenzone and octinoxate, have been shown to be toxic to corals. Sunscreens that use non-nano zinc oxide as their active ingredients do not contribute to coral bleaching.
5. Make your lawncare green
You may live thousands of miles from a coral reef, but the products you put on your lawn will eventually flow into the water system. Research green alternatives for fertilizer and pesticides that won’t harm coral reefs and marine life.
6. Leave no trace
Don't leave unwanted fishing lines or nets in the water or on the beach. Any kind of litter pollutes the water and can harm the reef and fish.
7. Conserve water
The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater will pollute our oceans.
8. Spread the word!
Learn more about coral reefs and educate your community. Do your part to Speak Up for Nature and share information with your family and friends, as well as contact your local representatives to see what your state is doing to protect coral reefs. Speak Up For Nature now.