Other ways to help
Marine litter has more than one source & requires more than one solution
All of us can take part in the fight against marine litter in different ways.
Participate in a beach or underwater clean up
Reduce your plastic consumption
Support local recycling
Petition your government to enact plastic reduction measures locally & globally
Learn more & educate others
Collect marine litter data above & below water
For any beach litter that you find (both in Bonaire or back home) outside of our OSPAR survey, the Ocean Conservancy Clean Swell App is a handy tool to allow citizen scientists to collect data regarding any marine debris they find at any time. The app can be downloaded here.
Other types of marine debris (such as abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear) needs to be removed by trained scuba divers. Data regarding marine litter collected underwater using the Dive Against Debris method can be recorded here. Check with your PADI dive center to see if they have any underwater clean ups organized.
Reduce Your Plastic Use
Even a few small steps can go a long way to reduce your plastic footprint
Here are some helpful links:
WWF-NL 21 Plasticvrije Tips
Support Local Recycling
NOBO Bonaire is a local, small scale recycling program that makes useful products like phone holders, plant pots, bottle openers and coasters with 100% recycled HDPE.
Petition your government
Make your voice heard & call attention to the problem of marine litter
Join the international community in calling for a global agreement for all countries to work together & end the marine plastic crisis by 2030
English: Sign the Global Petition
Nederlands: Teken de Petitie
And help spread the word...
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