2. Maintain a healthy yard without pesticides and fertilizers that can wash into storm drains and into the ocean. For more information, go to www.yardscaping.org.
3. Conserve water. Take shorter showers, and turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. The less water we use, the less runoff and wastewater will pollute our ocean.
4. Walk or bike more to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere and ocean from tailpipe exhaust. Too much carbon dioxide in the ocean is making it harder for shellfish such as clams, mussels, and lobsters to build their shells.
5. Put garbage and recyclables in their proper place. Styrofoam and other garbage can choke marine birds and mammals.
6. Don’t release helium balloons. Winds may carry balloons far out into the ocean, where sea turtles can mistake them for their favorite dish: jellyfish.
7. Use reusable cloth bags at the grocery store.
8. Pack your lunch — and your kids’ lunches — in reusable containers.
9. Invest in a travel mug and a water bottle. Each year, people use and discard more than 25 billion disposable coffee cups and bottles for water and soft drinks.
10. Cut up plastic six-pack rings. If six-pack rings get into the marine environment, they can strangle marine birds, sea turtles and mammals. Better yet, choose to buy items that are not packaged with six-pack rings whenever possible.
Bonus: 11. Practice good tidepool etiquette. Try to avoid stepping on animals in rocky tide pools. Put any animals you pick up back where you found them, under the protection of seaweed or ledges.