Pollution, overfishing, watercrafts, and climate change are endangering marine life across the globe. Do your part to help protect our oceans with these five tips.

  • Kick the straw habit. Every day, 500 million straws are thrown away in the U.S. alone. Many then make their way into waterways and the ocean, posing a risk for unsuspecting marine life like turtles and whales who may then unknowingly consume them. Skip the straw with your drinks and help prevent more straws from polluting the ocean. If you don’t want to go completely straw-free, choose a reusable variety made of bamboo, glass, or aluminum.

  • Don’t litter. By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish and plastic can be found in half of the world’s turtles and nearly all of marine birds. Always pack a trash bag for your day at the beach and consider participating in a local beach cleanup this Earth Day.

  • Choose sustainable seafood. Thirty two percent of global fish stocks are being overfished beyond a sustainable capacity. When choosing a seafood brand, go for one that uses sustainable fishing practices. Monterey Bay Aquarium developed the Seafood Watch app to help consumers choose species that aren’t at risk of extinction. Look for the Marine Stewardship Council label to find a brand that is using sustainable practices.

  • Be a responsible boater. Watercraft like motor boats and kayaks are a great way to see marine life up close in the wild. But, wildlife can be easily harmed by a boat’s propellers or gas leaks. And, getting too close can spark anxiety in animals. Be a vigilant boater and avoid getting too close to any animals you see on your trip.

  • Shop Cape Clasp. Cape Clasp donates 15% of our profits to support nonprofit organizations that protect and preserve the ocean and marine life, including Cape Cod National Seashore, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, and the Nakawe Project. Help support these organizations with your purchase of Cape Clasp. Use code WAVES at checkout to receive 15% off your order.

  • Join Cape Clasp on a Mission to #MakeWaves for Marine Life!