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OC/GEO 103

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Ten Things YOU Can do to Save Our Ocean!

"It doesn't take a genius to keep our planet clean." -- Ryan Turner, OC 103 student, Spring, 1998

  1. LEARN all you can. Read, surf the web and experience the ocean directly.
  2. Be a SMART SHOPPER. Ask grocery stores and restaurants about the source of their seafood.
  3. CONSERVE water. Be careful when washing your car or watering your lawn.
  4. REDUCE household pollutants. Cut down and properly dispose of herbicides, peticides and cleaning products.
  5. REDUCE waste. Dispose of trash properly. Where possible, recycle, re-use, and compost.
  6. REDUCE automobile pollution. Use fuel efficient vehicles or carpol. Recycle moter oil and repair oil and air conditioning leaks.
  7. PROTECT ocean wildlife. Don't dispose of fishing lines, nets, or plastic items in or near the water.
  8. BE CONSIDERATE of sealife habitats. Don't bother sea birds, mammals, and turles or their nesting grounds. Support marine protected areas.
  9. GET INVOLVED. Take part in a beach cleanup or other ocean-related activities.

Sobering Facts:

  • One half of the U.S. population lives in the coastal zone.

  • One in every six jobs is marine-related.

  • One third of the U.S. Gross National Product is produced in the coastal zone.

    "Ten Things" and "Facts" from a presentation by Dr. Mark Hixon about the International Year of the Ocean, STILL relevant today!

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