Every day countless fish and other marine animals are locked in cages, trapped, tortured, abused and killed. Many people are unaware of how their daily choices affect the world’s oceans. With these 10 simple tips, you can make a significant contribution to protecting sensitive marine organisms and the entire ecosystem.
1. Do not eat sea creatures
The most effective way to protect marine organisms is to avoid eating the meat of fish, crustaceans such as shrimp and crabs, and mollusks such as octopus, snails, and mussels. Consumption of marine organisms not only causes animal suffering, but also poses a health risk due to the pollution of heavy metals, plastics and environmental toxins. There are now many delicious vegetarian fish alternatives – from carrot salmon to vegetarian fried fish to vegan caviar. Salmon meat from 3D printers and fish meat from cell farms are currently being developed and received in the millions in funding.
2. Banning aquaculture
Aquaculture is huge fish farms where fish are raised by the thousands in often soiled mesh cages or sterile concrete tanks. Animals suffer greatly from confinement and lack of exercise. Individual species such as octopuses are also confined here en masse and killed for their meat. Aqua farms also pollute the oceans with chemicals and fish waste.
Prevent the construction of aquaculture by signing our petitions – for example against salmon farming in Malchow (Mecklenburg) or against octopus farming in Spain.
3. District Marine Zoos
Orcas and dolphins as well as fish, octopus, crabs, and many other animals are kept at marine zoos such as SeaWorld, Loro Parque, or Sea Life. Many of them were kidnapped from their homes at sea. Some dolphins become so mentally ill in barren concrete ponds that they are given antidepressants. They boycotted such parks and signed petitions against building new marine zoos such as Coral World in Berlin.
4. Reduce plastic waste
Millions of tons of plastic waste is floating in the seas, polluting the oceans and harming animals. Hundreds of thousands of marine creatures suffocate in plastic or die due to fishing nets and plastic bags in their stomachs.
Help the animals and the environment by reducing plastic waste and picking up trash on your next ride. Also, only buy cosmetics that are free of microplastics, because these small particles also enter the sea and harm animals. Also, just buy Microplastic free Cosmetics, shampoo, soap, washing up liquid and washing powder, and if possible, do not use fabric softeners.
5. Claiming marine protected areas
Help protect animals in the North Sea and Baltic Sea by claiming the designation of true marine protected areas. In the so-called no-hunting zones, all hunting is prohibited, so that the animals can live peacefully and the ecosystem can recover. Sign our petition to the Ministry of Environment.
6. Don’t book cruises
Sailing is not only harmful to the environment, but also causes great suffering to animals. Huge passenger ships litter and pollute the seas and destroy the habitat of millions of marine creatures.
7. Help end whaling
Hundreds of pilot whales and other dolphins are killed every year in the Faroe Islands under the guise of “tradition” – even though European Union countries already ban the killing of whales. The fishermen lead the whales to a bay where the animals roam. There the veins and arteries on their heads are cut off until they bleed to death. Entire families of whales are destroyed in this way. Sign our petition against the brutal killing of whales.
8. Rescue the sea creatures on the beach
If you notice starfish and jellyfish washed up on the shore, or dropped by seagulls on the sand, carry them carefully into the water. Many of them cannot do this on their own and are dependent on our help. If you are not sure if the animals are poisonous, use a small shovel or towel.
9. Living climate friendly
As a result of the climate crisis and global warming, the ocean temperature is also increasing. As a result, coral and millions of marine animals die with it. The more people make climate-friendly decisions, the better the protection of the oceans and their inhabitants. Animal farming generates more greenhouse gases than all modes of transportation in the world — and going vegan is the most climate-friendly option we can make.
10. Educate those around you about marine creatures
Talk to family, friends and acquaintances about how smart fish, octopuses, dolphins and other sea creatures are. Explain to them that they need our protection. If each of us takes a small step to protect marine life, together we can achieve a lot for animals.