New Year, Same Fishues

New year, new you. That’s what they say, right?

So take the challenge. Supspend disbelief for a few minutes. Give sharks a clean slate—forget Shark Week, and Sharknado, and Shark Attack specials. For a few minutes, make a New Year’s resolution to protect the ocean.

Pick any of the below to make a difference today!

1) Pledge to Eat Sustainably

Download the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch App to become a sustainable eater today. The next time you’re debating whether to get the Tuna Tartare or Mahi Mahi, type in your choices to see if your dish is a good choice, or something that you should be avoiding. This is one of the easiest ways to think before you eat!

2) Sign this Petition

Encourage California fisheries to transition away from drift gillnets. Drift gillnets accidentally catch Sharks, dolphins, sea lions and other species, endangering many fragile species. Persuade California fisheries to use more selective gear to promote sustainability with Pew Trusts.

3) Support Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue

Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence, explorer, author and oceanographer created Mission Blue to protect valuable resources within the ocean. Mission Blue looks to establish Hope Spots, or marine protected areas, in critical locations. Read her recent speech at the United Nations about the deep seas. Join her!

4) Calling All Divers: Dive Against Debris

Work with Project Aware to clean up trash that pollutes our oceans and endangers marine life. Pick a Dive near you and jump in!

5) Take Project Aware’s Ocean Pledge

Pledge to follow Project Aware’s 10 tips for divers to help protect the ocean. One tip is to shrink your carbon footprint. Can you guess what the others are?

As the great goddess of the deep herself once said, “Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable of doing, and what you really care about. Then take the initiative – don’t wait for someone else to ask you to act” –Sylvia Earle