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Help preserve our coral reefs

  • Please take only your memories and not anything dead or alive from the sea.
  • A touch, a step, or a kick with your fins will damage and may kill the corals.
  • Kicking sand with your fins near the corals may cover them with sediment and they will suffocate.
  • Please do not buy, take from the sea or eat conch; it is a species in danger of extinction.
  • Be selective when you are ordering or buying fish
  • Delicate coral tissue is easily broken. Do not touch coral in any way. Avoid walking or standing on it; avoid holding on or bumping into it.
  • Do not remove anything dead or alive from the sea; you may be interfering with the natural balance of the coastal ecosystems. Avoid collecting seashells. These could provide habitats for sea creatures such as crabs.
  • Sediment smothers coral, so please avoid stirring up the bottom of the sea.
  • Marine creatures are covered by a layer of mucus which protects them against bacteria. Touching marine life may break this protective layer.
  • Do not harass sea creatures by chasing, grabbing, or provoking them. this is extremely stressful for the animal. Let them approach you!
  • Do not leave trash on the beach. Not only is a clean beach more asthetically pleasing, it also helps remove a significant danger to marine life.
  • Stay informed and spread the word about reef protection.
  • Take only pictures and leave only bubbles! Keep your fins, gear, and hands away from the coral, as this contact can hurt you and will damage the delicate coral animals.
  • Be careful where you drop anchor. Anchors can cause a lot of damage and kill coral.

Learn more about coral reefs.

  • Make a point to learn more about coral reefs. How many different species live in reefs? What new medicines have been discovered in reef organisms. Participate in training or educational programs that focus on reef ecology. When you further your own education, you can help others understand the fragility and value of the world’s coral reefs. Please surf our site and other environmental sites to learn more. Be sure to find out about existing and proposed laws, programs, and projects that could affect the world’s coral reefs.

Six-pack rings and plastic straws

  • Six-pack rings and plastic straws are deadly for turtles, fish and other marine life. The get entangled in the six-pack rings and swallow the straws. You should break the individual circles so that they do not entangle fish, turtles or other marine life. Replace plastic straws with paper or use none and encourage others to do the same.

Turtle Nesting Season Precautions

During turtle nesting season be sure to follow these rules:

  • Do not walk on the beach with a flashlight or shine a light in the sea turtle’s face. The light may cause the female to abort the nesting process, or other sea turtles nearby may be discouraged from nesting if there are lights on the beach. Use a red lens over your flashlight.
  • Do not take pictures using flashes. This high-intensity light can be even more disturbing than the flashlights.
  • Stay clear and out of sight of the turtle until she begins laying eggs; otherwise you may scare her back into the sea.
  • For your safety, stay away from the turtle’s head. Sea turtles, especially loggerheads, have very strong jaws and can harm you if provoked.
  • Do not handle the eggs or put any foreign objects into the nest. You can introduce bacteria or injure the eggs.
  • Do not handle or ride the sea turtle. In addition to being illegal, you may injure the turtle or cause her to leave without finishing nesting.
  • Do not disturb tracks left by turtles. Researchers sometimes use the tracks to identify the type of turtles that nested and to find and mark the nests.
  • Do enjoy the experience and remember it for the rest of your life.