We talk a lot here at Respect the Reef about rescuing coral reefs, but sometimes it is easy to become overwhelmed and give up. Don’t despair!
Small fish like us have lots of opportunities to help save the reef. Often, it doesn’t even take much time!
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has posted a list of 25 things You Can Do to Save Coral Reefs. You don’t even have to live near a reef to help!
Here are a few of our favorites from the NOAA list:
- Don’t use chemically enhanced pesticides and fertilizers. Although you may live thousands of miles from a coral reef ecosystem, these products end up in the watershed and may ultimately impact the waters that support coral.
- Become a member of your local aquarium or zoo. Ask what they are doing and what your donation can do toward saving the world’s coral reefs. The answer may pleasantly surprise you.
- Support conservation organizations. Many of them have coral reef programs, and your much-needed monetary support will make a big difference.
- Recycle. This is the first step each of us can take to make a change. Recycle anything and everything. If your community doesn’t have a program, do it anyway, and get one started.
Head over to NOAA to see the rest of the list. NOAA
If you have time after working to save the reef, stop back and tell us what you are doing. Tell us about your successes or even your struggles. Your work could inspire someone else to step up and help. Lots of small fish like us can make a BIG difference! Let’s get working!
Photo by Anna Langova.