1) Learn all you can.

Did you know local governments issue seafood contamination warnings and beach closure warnings? Read labels and ask questions. By learning why a beach was closed, you may also learn how to prevent it from happening again. Learn more about the sea and conservation by reading, attending lectures, watching films, or visiting aquariums.

2) Be a smart shopper.

The seafood choices we make have an impact on the environment. Not all seafood is created equal. There are good and bad choices for the sea. Good choices from wild fish come from populations that are healthy and preserve the populations for future generations. Likewise, sustainable fish farming respects the surrounding environment, uses water wisely, and does not interfere with wild fish populations. Ask grocery stores and restaurants where their seafood comes from and if it was caught or farmed in a way that protects the sea.

3) Recycle and dispose of all trash properly.

Never flush non degradable products, like disposable diapers or plastic applications, down the toilet. These products can damage the sewage treatment process and end up littering beaches and sea waters. Never throw cigarettes on the ground or out car windows. Pick up litter and avoid using disposable products if at all possible.

4) Conserve water.

Use lowflow showerhead and faucet. Don't run water continuously when washing dishes, brushing your teeth, washing your face, or washing your car. Wash only full loads in your dishwashers and washing machines. Take short shower. Check for leaky faucets and repair them. Water your lawn in the morning to reduce evaporation, and only when necessary. Put a trigger nozzle on your outdoor hose.

5) Reduce oil pollution.

Fix car leaks! More oil enters the sea from large tanker spills. Recycle used oil. Much of the oil pollution in surface waters is caused by people dumping used oil into storm drains. Buy a fuel efficient car. Walk, cycle or take public transportation. Check underground heating oil tanks for leaks.