Top 10 Actions to Save Ocean Wildlife
1. Donate to Saving Ocean Wildlife
Donate to Saving Ocean Wildlife to help support our efforts of raising ocean awareness and taking action to report on and save animals.
2. Report an animal sighting
Report any injured, dead or live animal using our wildlife reporting tool . NOAA needs your help to learn more about the animals we are trying to protect
3. Reduce your use of single-use plastics
Reduce your use of plastics. Plastic in the ocean is toxic and dangerous to marine wildlife because they mistake it for food and eat it, or get entangled in it. There are many ocean-friendly alternatives and ways you can minimize your personal consumption. You too can live a plastics-free lifestyle!
4. Clean up your favorite beach
Clean up your favorite beach – pick up trash whenever you visit your beach or organize a clean-up with your friends, family or neighbors
5. Respect marine life by viewing wildlife but not disturbing them
Respect marine life by viewing wildlife but not disturbing them. Please do not feed the animals, get too close to them or harass them
6. If you eat seafood, make sustainable choices
If you eat seafood, make sustainable choices –
7. Recycle your old medication
Recycle your old medications at your local participating pharmacy instead of flushing them down the toilet because the chemicals pass through the sewage treatment plants and flow straight into the ocean. Find the closest drop-off location here
8. Follow clean boating guidelines
If you are a boat owner, follow clean boating guidelines (link to blog on clean boating)
9. Support whale rescue
Take NOAA’s free online
Level 1 training course to help support the local whale disentanglement team
10. Donate your time or money
Donate your time or money to support the efforts of Saving Ocean Wildlife
Register for your Free Ocean Wildlife Field Guide
NOAA West Coast Large Whale Entanglement Response Program
Reducing the number of large whale entanglements and minimizing the likelihood of large whales becoming entangled in fishing gear promotes the conservation of healthy whale populations along the U.S. West Coast.
Report Entangled Whales:
U.S. COAST GUARD:
VHF Ch. 16
West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network
To report a dead, injured, or stranded marine mammal along the West Coast, please call: 1-866-767-6114.