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June 07, 2012

Celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8th!

Take one action to protect marine ecosystems and wildlife
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Happy World Oceans Day!

June 8th is World Oceans Day, the UN-designated day for the global community to celebrate and take action for our shared ocean.

WiLDCOAST is working to ensure the protection and restoration of 95.13 acres of open coastal space in south San Diego Bay. Send the Port of San Diego a strong message that you prefer preservation and restoration of the coast, over development and in-fill. SIGN OUR PETITION TO THE PORT HERE. Ideally, we would like to have the Port embark upon a project which supports ecosystem restoration for the rare Diegan Coastal Sage Scrub, salt marsh wetlands, and upland vegetation. The habitat at Pond 20 represents some of San Diego’s last best property for habitat restoration and mitigation. Pond 20 provides important habitat and forage for threatened and endangered species found in San Diego County and migratory species of international importance. SEE MICHAEL READY'S BEAUTIFUL PIX OF THE SITE HERE

WiLDCOAST is dedicated to finding solutions to the recovery of coastal and marine ecosystems, and protecting the remaining unspoiled coastal gems that still exist. WiLDCOAST has protected over 23,000 acres and 24 miles of Baja's coastline through private lands acquisitions and has helped stop several mega-development projects that would have permanently altered the unique natural landscapes of the Baja California Peninsula.

WiLDCOST continues to coordinate an intensive national and international media campaign to protect the sensitive Cabo Pulmo coral reef in Baja California Sur, Mexico by pressuring decision makers to cancel the Cabo Cortes mega-development.

We continue to support the conservation and recovery of the marine environment by working within the 11 new Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in San Diego County. We're eagerly developing a citizen supported MPA Watch program where volunteers will have the opportunity to visit MPAs, collect date at the beach, report violations to the CA Department of Fish and Game, and help to ensure the ecological and social successes of our new Underwater Parks. For more information about WiLDCOAST's involvement in the MPA network, how to volunteer, and maps of MPAs, click HERE. Check out the cool new MPA video by One World One Ocean!

TAKE ACTION TO REDUCE YOUR PLASTIC CONSUMPTION

One of the greatest threats to the ocean is also one of the most insidious because chances are it’s so mundane you don’t even notice it. Look around you right now: how much plastic do you see?

The ocean is downstream from all of us so no matter where we live, so we can all help address the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean. Each year a huge amount of plastic eventually makes it into coastal waters and harms ocean life. Many animals such as seabirds, sea turtles, dolphins, and whales die every year from plastic entanglement or starvation because they fill up their stomachs on plastic they mistake for food. Take action for World Oceans Day and prevent plastic from harming ocean wildlife!

Reduce plastic use . Help stop plastic pollution at its source! As consumers, we each have the power to reduce demand. And if you encourage family and friends to do the same, the more the more good we can do to keep the ocean clean and safe. Here are a few disposable plastic products everyone can reduce in our daily lives:

Plastic water bottles. Invest in a reusable water bottle, and filter water if necessary. Help the ocean and save money; it’s a win-win for you and the blue. On average, Americans now use 4 plastic water bottles a day—the highest ever recorded! Let’s turn the tide against wasteful plastic consumption.

Plastic bags. People use nearly 1 trillion plastic bags each year, and unfortunately, many of those end up ingested by sea turtles that mistake plastic for jellyfish. Remember to bring a reusable bag for food (including vegetables) and other shopping and save a life!

Straws, cups to-go, food containers, and utensils. Bring your own reusable products like mugs when you get coffee and take a pass on the plastic utensils when you get take-out food. And if you must have a straw, there a number affordable options!

Be aware of packaging. Pay attention to how much incidental plastic that comes with what you buy—your candy, headphones, pens, etc., all come in plastic packaging. Strive to cut down on your daily plastic consumption and reward corporations that package responsibly!