10 Easy Steps to Help Protect Coral Reefs

Want to make a difference every day? Want to learn simple, effective actions you can bring to help save coral reefs and fish, animals and plants that depend on them? You've come to the right place!

1. Conserve Water: Water is not used, the less runoff and sewage pollute the oceans.

2. Help reduce pollution: Walk, bike or ride the bus. Fossil fuel emissions from cars and industry raise lead to ocean warming which causes mass-bleaching of corals and can lead to widespread destruction of reefs.

3. Use only ecological or organic fertilizers: Although you may live thousands of miles from a coral reef ecosystem, these products flow into the water system, pollute the ocean, and can damage coral reefs and marine life.

4. Dispose of trash properly: Do not leave unwanted fishing lines or nets in the water or on the beach. Any type of waste can pollute water and damage the coral and fish.

5. Friendly help companies reefs: Ask the fishing, boating, hotel, aquarium, dive or snorkeling operators how to protect the reef. Make sure that the care of living reef ecosystem and to ask if the organization responsible is part of an effort to manage the coral reef ecosystems.

6. Plant a tree: Trees reduce runoff into the oceans, Also contribute to reversing the warming of our planet and rising ocean temperatures. Help us plant a billion.

7. Practice safe and responsible diving and snorkeling: Do not touch the reef or anchor your boat on the reef. Contact with the coral can damage the delicate coral animals, and anchoring on the reef can kill, so look for sandy bottoms or use moorings if available.

8. Volunteers cleaning a coral reef: You don't live near a coral reef? Then do what many people do with their vacation: visit a coral reef. Spend an afternoon enjoying the beauty of one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth.

9. Contact your government representatives: Demand they take action to protect coral reefs, stop sewage pollution of our oceans, expanding marine protected areas and take steps to reverse global warming.

10. Spread the word: Remember your own excitement at learning the importance of the world's coral reefs are to us and the global ecosystem complex. Share this excitement and encourage others to get involved