Many of our daily decisions — some we might not even think about — impact the health of oceans. Everyday products with petroleum (like chewing gum and aspirin — who knew!?) can be a source of ocean pollution. The seafood we choose to eat also has a big impact on oceans. For every pound of shrimp caught, for example, ten pounds of other marine life are killed and thrown away! (Read more shocking fish facts here.)
The good news is there are many ways to help the ocean. In daily life, we can be conscious consumers by buying fish-free pet food and only supporting seafood harvested sustainably.
Another great way to help is to get acquainted with the local watershed and join a group — or grab some friends — to pick up trash.
This morning, about 30 volunteers came together in honor of World Oceans Day to pick up trash along the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington DC.
Read more: Anacostia River clean-up crew