It's National Marine Week - how can you help?

Wednesday 5th August, 2020

As part of National Marine Week, we're delighted to feature a guest post from Georgina Shannon, one of our colleagues at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Marine conservation and the safety of seals in our Cornish waters is core to the work of the team at the Sanctuary. Here's her top tips on how you can play a part in helping to preserve ecosystems and do your bit for our planet. 

 

Happy National Marine Week! Each season, the Sanctuary rehabilitates over 70 seal pups that have been rescued for various reasons, from malnourishment to being separated from their mum. We also provide a permanent home for animals that require life-long care from our expert team.

Conservation is at the heart of everything that we do at the Sanctuary and our goal is for our guests to always come away from a visit having learnt a bit more about what they can do to look after our oceans. 

Here are 5 tips that you can do to look after our wonderful planet and oceans, helping to protect  animals and eco-systems.

1) Do a beach clean! When visiting your local beach, take a bag and pick up any rubbish that you find. If you don't live near a beach, why not do a clean of your local park or around where you live? The Sanctuary run monthly beach cleans which you can join us for, they are on hold at the moment, but we will let you all know when they are back up and running!

2) Avoid single use plastic - With 8 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean each year, there could be a pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish in the ocean within the next decade alone. There are so many amazing re-usable products out there now, see what switches you can make in your everyday life. 

3) Choose ocean friendly cleaning products - unfortunately a lot of our everyday cleaning products that we pour down the sink then end up in rivers, streams and ultimately the ocean, causing ocean pollution. Look out for products that are ocean friendly and non-toxic when it comes to choosing your house hold cleaning products.

4) Try to decrease your carbon footprint - In the last half-century, the ocean has absorbed 90% of the excess heat created by burning fossil fuels. That’s led to warmer waters, which can affect where fish swim, bleach coral reefs, change how marine species reproduce, speed up sea-level rise, and even alter weather events on land. Decrease the effects of climate change on the ocean by cutting your carbon footprint at home: turn off lights and unplug electronics when you’re not using them, adjust your thermostat, walk or ride your bike to work. 

5) Always be respectful of wildlife - as exciting as it is to come across animals in the wild, always keep your distance and be respectful not to disturb them. Often during the pup season here in Cornwall, you may come across a seal pup on the beach. We advise you to keep your distance, admire from a far and please call us here at the Sanctuary if you think you have spotted a seal or pup that may need our help.'

For more information about the important conservation work of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. you can find out more here:

https://sealsanctuary.sealifetrust.org/en/

 

 

 

 

 

It's National Marine Week - how can you help?

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