Through visiting Blue Reef and this website we hope that we have been able to share our enthusiasm and admiration for the marine world and its incredible inhabitants with you. The seas and oceans belong to us all – they are a limitless source of fun and wonderment. We rely on them for food, to supply energy, control our weather, as means of transport and as a place to relax and enjoy our leisure time.
These same oceans are also responsible for providing scientists with many new drugs and medicines. The oceans give us so much yet this precious marine environment is in desperate need of our help to safeguard its future. As the human population continues to grow, the oceans’ resources become increasingly stretched – pollution, over-fishing and habitat destruction – are all taking their toll.
Yet it’s not all bad news – there are many wildlife and conservation bodies both here in Britain and throughout the world that can provide lots more information and practical opportunities on how to help safeguard our unique natural heritage.
And it’s really very easy to get involved in helping to save our seas.
From taking part in beach cleans to being aware of the danger of buying endangered sea shell trinkets – we can all make a difference. Your visit to the aquarium and this website should be the beginning, not the end, of your ocean adventures.
The links from here illustrate some of the vital work Blue Reef does behind the scenes from rescuing seals, rehabilitating turtles and breeding seahorses.
What can I do to protect the marine environment?
Reduce your carbon footprint!
Reduce your energy consumption, insulate your house, use public transport, drive fuel efficient vehicles, buy locally sourced organic food, avoid air travel, use renewable energy.
Clean up after yourself
Whether you are having a picnic or simply enjoying the beach, lake, or river. Everything eventually makes its way to the sea. A plastic bag can be easily mistaken as a tasty jellyfish by sea turtles. You can help protect marine life by picking up rubbish – wherever you are.
Choose sustainable harvested sea food
Check out the Marine Conservation good fish guide on what fish to choose and what to avoid www.goodfishguide.co.uk
Provide a good environment for wildlife
All healthy habitats need four basic elements: food, water, shelter and places to raise young. So you could plant native trees and flowers, put up bird houses, baths and feeders.
Be a good pet owner
Make sure that they only stock net caught, cyanide free fish. If they cannot prove they have been gathered in a sustainable way then don’t buy them. Consider adopting a pet from a local animal shelter or rescue organization before going to a commercial pet shop. Always neuter your dog or cat.
Never try to touch stingrays or other ocean animals. By being respectful of their lives and homes, you’ll help protect their populations for the future.
Plant a tree
Not only do trees provide benefits to us humans, they’re home to countless birds, mammals, amphibians and insects. So visit your local tree nursery and start digging!
Recycle Recycle Recycle!
Recycle as much as possible! 80% of household waste is actually recyclable.
Try to buy things that come in recycled packaging, or with as little packaging as possible.
Reuse your shopping bags and try to buy recycled paper and products .Try to look for products that look after the environment for example: Organic foods, locally grown foods, Fair trade products.
Every living thing needs water to survive. But this precious resource is in demand. A family of four can save up to 5000 litres of water a month by keeping their showers under five minutes. Amount saved by turning off the tap while brushing teeth is 3600 litres a month. Use less and use wisely!
Learn and explore
Learn as much as you can about animals by visiting accredited zoos and aquariums, reading, watching documentaries and surfing the web. Walk on the beach, go rockpooling, climb a mountain -go out and explore!