June 1st marks the beginning of World Oceans Month with World Reef Day. A time to reflect on our ocean's coral reefs and come together to effect positive change.
World Reef Day kicks off a month of initiatives focused on the environment to spur conversations and actions to support sustainability.
As we are heading into vacation travel season here are 3 simple things you can do to protect coral reefs:
Use #ReefSafe sunscreen - Oxybenzone & octinoxate ingredients in sunscreen can be harmful to or even kill corals. Inform yourself of safer choices for coral. Better yet, cut down on sunscreen use by wearing a long-sleeved shirt or rash guard, with UPF, to prevent sunburn.
Pack your trash - Trash in ocean can be harmful to coral reefs and marine animals. Dispose of your trash in bins, to avoid trash being blown or washed away into waterways and oceans. On beaches, make sure you leave no trash behind, and never throw or leave any cigarette butts in the sand.
Dive / Snorkel Safe - Don't touch the reef! Contact with the reef will damage the delicate coral, so if you need to put your feet down look for a sandy bottom.
Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them ASAP.