Oceans: What You Should Know and What You Can Do
10 Things You Can Do To Save the Oceans
Don't throw heavy metals down the drain.
How safe is your household cleaner?
Plastic is filling the oceans.
Think about how your food is produced.
A healthy lawn and garden?
Be careful what you flush down the toilet.
Recycle used motor oil.
Support or volunteer for the oceans.
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What You Can Do:
While treaties, laws and regulations are vital tools in
combating the marine debris problem, individual action to curb marine
debris is just as important, if not more so. People who enjoy boating
and its related activities can help reduce the amount of marine debris
that enters the oceans and waterways by following these guidelines:
•Bring ALL of your trash back to shore and collect any debris that you
find in or near the water and dispose of it properly.
•Properly stow and secure all trash on your boat so that
it won’t be blown or washed overboard.
•Follow the marine debris regulations required by Annex
V of MARPOL. Remember that it is illegal to dispose of any plastic
materials into any navigable waters of the United States.
•Reduce, reuse, recycle. Purchase reusable products and
containers and recycle your plastic, metal, glass and paper products –
including monofilament fishing line.
•Support environmentally responsible marinas. Encourage
your docks, marinas, fishing piers and boat ramps to provide adequate
trash cans and recycling bins.
•Set up and clearly label recycling bins for staff and
customers. Call your local department of environmental protection to
find out what materials can be recycled in your area.
•Encourage boaters to set up an onboard system to
segregate trash for easy disposal and recycling on shore.
•Empty trash cans, dumpsters and recycling bins
Report any illegal dumping you witness on the water or
at a marina to your local U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Office on VHF
marine radio Channel 16 or call the USCG National Response Center at
(800) 4248802 to locate the Sector Office near you.