10 Surprising Ways to Restore Our Oceans

In a previous post, I wrote about Oceana, Ted Danson’s amazing book. He’s got a lot of great save-the-ocean tips in there for what you can do to keep our oceans clean, and help to protect the magical life beneath its surface. But I thought of 10 more ways that might surprise you, and which anyone can do even if you live far, far away from any ocean or sea.

1: Go fishing! And eat your local fish. Catch it yourself if you can. Or buy it (or trade for it) with a local fisherman. But before you do that, make sure your local water is clean (good luck with that). At least you’ll be getting personally acquainted with your local fish and what they need to thrive.

2: Take Wholemega fish capsules instead of eating fish. I have heard personally from Tom Newmark, Chairman of the Board of New Chapter vitamins, how sustainably and carefully the company collects its fish oil from wild-caught Alaskan salmon. I trust their fish oil. So can you.

Here’s an easy and delicious fish dish

3: Avoid plastics at all costs. OK. Plastic is made from petroleum. Oil harvesting is a major, major source of ocean pollution (and wastes oil on things we don’t need). Then we throw it out and it ends up in the ocean again. How stupid is that?! One more reason to be as plastic free as you can.

4: Only use sunscreen when absolutely necessary. There are lots of studies showing that the chemicals in sunscreen are not only bad for us, but they also kill coral reefs. If we don’t stop killing them, coral reefs may be destroyed in our lifetime. By only using small amounts of sunscreen, only when absolutely necessary, you keep chemicals out of the water, and you don’t contribute to the plastic-bottle pollution either.

5: Buy fish-free pet food. Lots of good fish that would otherwise feed whales and dolphins—as well as wasted fish from inefficient harvesting—go toward making pet food. If you see “fish meal” on the label, don’t buy it!

6: Enjoy Fishless Fridays! A lot of people I know eat fish on Fridays—it’s a holdover from when for some reason the Catholic Church said that you shouldn’t eat meat on Fridays. As a result, all across the country there are fish fries on Friday nights. Take a cue from Meatless Mondays (which I support), and try Fishless Fridays, which means you go veggie instead.

7: Take your water sports off the grid. If you love being out on the water, do it oil free—sail, row, swim, surf! All of those are healthy, wonderful ways to enjoy the water without spoiling the water, the fish, or people’s hearing.

8: Drive a hybrid, ride a bike, walk, or even better, ride a horse to wherever you are going. Again, oil is the major ocean polluter. And we’re running out of it. And the price of gas is only going to keep going up and up. Find alternative means of transportation and you’ll be saving money, saving gas, and keeping the oceans cleaner.

9: Read Oceana. You won’t regret it.

10: Demand Organic! (And buy organic.) Agricultural toxic-chemical runoff is, in addition to oil pollution, one of the biggest contributors to destroying the oceans. The only way to stop chemical companies from selling chemicals is for YOU to stop buying chemically grown food.

Check this out: Interactive Map of Eutrophication & Hypoxia



Sonia M
Sonia M3 months ago

Thanks for sharing

William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

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Mary Donnelly
Mary Donnelly3 years ago

There should be more of these actions.

Diana N.
Diana N6 years ago

I think to encourage people to go fishing is a bad idea, so many fishes are already being mass-murdered commercially, we really don't need any additional fish murderers. Fish is absolutely NOT essential to human diet!
That using sunscreen is bad I didn't know. O_O And it sucks... problem is, once my skin gets tanned and accustomed to the sun I no longer need any. Problem is, that rarely happens. Here in Germany you typically get summer weather for a few days, then some weeks of cold rainy weather until the next sunny spell, so the skin needs to get accustomed all over again. On the "bright side" (although I hate it), this way you rarely have a need for sunscreen at all here.

Janine Hofmann
Janine H6 years ago

Thank you very much.

Best way to save all life forms in the sea: only vegetarian/vegan food :)

Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
(Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan6 years ago

Interesting. Thank you.