We've put together ten simple things that anyone can do to help take care of the ocean and shoreline.
1) Leave only footprints in the sand
Never leave litter behind when you go to the beach.
2) Never release balloons into the air
Balloons cause the death of countless numbers of sea turtles and whales causing them to suffocate or starve to death. It is now illegal to release balloons into the air on the Sunshine Coast.
3) Put trash in its place
Wind and rain can carry litter to our streams and our streams feed our oceans.
4) Use public transportation, cycle or walk
Reduce automobile pollution that contributes to climate change which directly affects the ocean.
5) Do not dump
Do not dump oil, soapy water or any toxic products down roadside drains as this water doesn’t go through the waste water treatment and goes straight into rivers and eventually the ocean.
6) Pick up after your pets
Never leave or hose pet droppings into the roadside drains as this causes high bacteria levels that contaminate the ocean.
7) Swim and see, don’t touch
With sea creatures, keep a respectful distance for their safety and yours.
8) Conserve water
Take shorter showers and repair leaky taps.
9) Reduce, reuse and recycle
Save money and natural resources as well as the environment.
Share these tips with your friends. You can make a difference
Do you know how long it takes rubbish to disintegrate?
Cigarette Butt: 1-12 YEARS
Plastic Bag: 10-20 YEARS
Aluminium Can: 80-100 YEARS
Glass Bottle: 1 MILLION YEARS
Plastic Bottle: NEVER