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How to Protect and Save Marine Life

Updated on March 15, 2013

Everyone is responsible in saving our marine environment. What can you do as one person to help protect our natural resources? I’m calling for all to let us do our part and be the agent of change. There’s no better time to start than today.

Different people in different places have different concerns when it comes to protecting and saving our marine environment. Not everyone fully understands that it is vital to have healthy oceans and seas or how human activities threaten our own marine life.

Some nations continue to use destructive methods on fishing, throwing plastic garbage in bodies of water and continue to kill sea creatures. Every living marine creatures as well as coral reefs needed a clean and poison-free environment, just like us.

They may not be cute or cuddly but they’re worth saving. Everyone is responsible for protecting the oceans and seas.

What can you do as one person to help save our ocean and marine creatures living in it?

One person has the power to change things. Even one can make a big difference.


Here are some ways to protect and save our marine environment:

  • Stop Dynamite Fishing

This type of fishing uses explosive bombs that destroy fish habitats and coral reefs. Dynamite fishing is also called “Blast Fishing” because fishes were killed by shock waves from the blast. Not only a large numbers of fishes affected but also the microorganisms in the vicinity as well as the structures of coral reefs.

Did you know that it will take again hundreds of years to rebuild the physical structures of these coral reefs after it was destroyed to pieces by explosives? Sea creatures need these coral reefs; these are the underlying habitat that supports them. If this happens, it can lead to instant decline in fish species.

  • Stop Cyanide Fishing

Cyanide fishing is also called “Poison Fishing”, another destructive method that uses poison to capture the fish. Sodium cyanide and bleach are the most common poison used by divers and fishers to squirt in reef crevices to stun fish, thus making it easy for them to catch.

  • Avoid Overfishing

This occurs when fishes and other marine animals are harvested at rates faster than they can reproduce. Overfishing can lead to local extinction of fish species such as groupers or giant clams.

  • Dispose Fishing Lines Responsibly

It will take about 600 years to degrade a monofilament line. Fishermen are advised to dispose these things responsibly. It can be a major threat to fishes and whales for they can be entangled by this web.

  • Be Responsible on your Garbages and Wastes

Do not throw your plastics and wastes into the oceans or any bodies of water. Plastic can leach toxins into environment and can be hazardous to wildlife and living things. They stay for hundreds of years and become a poison to every sea creatures. Minimize the use of plastic in every way possible. When travelling, be aware not to just throw anything into the ocean.

  • Help Take Care of the Ocean

Whether you just enjoy watching the waves or want to surf in the ocean, always bear in mind to clean up. If you happened to see plastics lying around, please pick it up and throw it into garbage cans. It’s just a small act but can really make a big difference. Explore and appreciate without destroying the marine life.

  • Lessen the Carbon Footprint

You might probably ask what is the connection of lessening the carbon footprint to the marine environment. We are experiencing global warming due to the things we love to overdo like overconsumption of energy. The effects of climate change leads to ocean acidification. The impact of this acidity to fishes, planktons and shellfish can be devastating and may lead to extinction.

Be energy-conscious and you might save one marine creature. Walk more, drive less, and conserve electricity and water, to name a few.

  • Volunteer for Beach Clean-up

If there’s an organization or any campaigns for beach clean-up in your place, it might be great if you can volunteer cleaning beaches. It will be a major step-up to save every living creatures living in our seas.


Our coral reefs contain over 4,000 species of fish as well as other microorganisms and invertebrates. It serves as their habitat to reproduce which in turn, gives us food. We need fish to maintain a healthy diet.

By abusing our marine environment such as throwing garbage and dynamite fishing, we are not only endangering our oceans but also poisoning ourselves. We catch the fish to eat but do we know if this fish had eaten a poison?

We are the ones to take responsibility to save the marine life as well as saving ourselves and our future. There are cases we were victimized by red tide, but whose fault is that?

Yes, those people who were greedy for money and uses illegal methods to harvest tons of fish to sell. In exchange, they’re poisoning and destroying the ocean and the people who might happen to eat the poisoned fish.

There is enough in this world for man’s need, but not for man’s greed. If we only knew how to take care and save our environment and natural resources by using it properly, then we could have it all.

Our marine life gives us what we need and all they’re asking is protection from the harmful poisons and shock waves that could kill and ruin their habitats.

We need to feed them with clean environment to live and reproduce. In return, these natural resources will give us food needed by our body.

I’m calling for all to let us do our part and be the agent of change. There’s no better time to start than today.


Let’s Paint the World Green!



© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Very insightful hub and oh so beautiful and amazing photos of His amazing creation. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A very useful hub on how to save marine life, they are important to maintain the balance in nature . Marine life gives plenty to humans and we should do our bit too. Excellent hub. Voted up.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Faith.. It's very nice to see your comment here.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Vellur. Glad you've stopped by. Yes, we should really do our part in this world.

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      LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

      This is terrific. Often we feel so helpless in the face of such important issues, yet you've provided ways we can do our part, and even those we can't do ourselves we can still support organizations that do or pressure our elected officials to do. Thanks for writing this.

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      Xtin 4 years ago

      I love this one. Speaks of a very beautiful heart to care for nature and marine life.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Letitia. Thank you for the visit. The message you posted here touched my heart. Every big things come from small beginnings. Thanks much

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Xtin, thank you so much for dropping a message here.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      So very true about saving our marine wild life and completely agree with your message here. Some of the ways that we are harming these poor defenseless animals I knew about, but some you truly enlightened me on. Beautiful pictures too. Have of course voted up and shared too.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Completely agree here, Myz. Dynamite fishing and Cyanide fishing are the most destructive and irresponsible forms of fishing there are, as if it isn't bad enough already. Nice to connect with a nature lover, Spy! Sharing, and votes across.

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      I love your hub about saving our ocean environments. We need to remember to be mindful of our lakes and rivers too. It is beautiful to see your photos of fishes and reefs. Let's all work to bring back some of those reef ecosystems which have been destroyed by careless and thoughtless use of chemicals.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An extremely well-written hub! You voiced your views clearly about the importance of protecting and saving marine life. I have heard that the oceans and seas are getting polluted and this affects both marine creatures and people. A fetching hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Janine! thank you thank you for the votes and shared., and for the kind comment :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Michelle, that was so sweet of you. thanks a lot for the support. :) these things kept destroying all we have.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi Starstream. thank you so much for the wonderful message. Yes, count me in! I am doing my best even on simple ways to clean and protect our environment.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      There's a saying that everything ends up in the sea. So, there's a dire need for us to really reduce our environmental footprint, and produce less wastes.

      Great hub!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Ish, how's my pretty hubber friend? So glad you've stopped by. Another threat to them is oil spills from ships accidents. thanks for the shared! hope more people will be enlightened by this and will have to support protecting our own natural resources.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      yougotme, you are sooo correct! let's be aware of our own actions so we can minimize the waste and carbon footprints were making.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub to make people more aware of our marine life and how to save it. We had a sad thing happen here in our area over the weekend. 15 whales beached themselves and could not be saved. Volunteers tried to save them, but could not.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Myz -

      If only the world thought as you. Man is a destroyer of almost anything nature has to offer. Our entire planet is crying and still the dollar of today is more important than our future survival. Thank you for writing this informative hub. Great Job!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi M. my friend, thanks for helping us be aware of the marine life and how to take care of it right so we won't destroy it . This is all important and useful information that everyone needs to read.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing this important information and advice, unknown spy. We need to change the ways in which we interact with the ocean and its life forms. Humans are causing so much harm to the ocean environment.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A wonderful message, we can all do our bit to help protect out oceans and marine life before it is too late. You have given us some good advice and suggestiones here. Thank you

      Up and awesoe.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      A great message on protecting marine life. I think it is a wise one to follow as we do depend upon the ocean and its life to supply our needs. Taking care of it is being responsible.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I knew about the massive whale killing in Asia and the sonar killing of whales and what may be mermaids by the US Navy all over the world, but I never heard of blast fishing. This is terrible! And we wonder why there are so many earthquakes, tsnunami's and natural disasters. Thanks for presenting this excellent information. It is sad how we treat our planet. :(

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I guess I didn't get notified of this hub; it's a great hub my friend, and I agree with you completely. Life is so intertwined; we ruin one species and it ruins many others. This cannot continue!

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      Larry Wall 4 years ago

      Ms. Spy,

      You continue to expand the bounds of your writing. Very interesting and very informative. Continue on this path and you will keep moving forward in the way you want to go. Very good my friend.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I wish you luck. My coastline "Ocean Beach" is still suffering from the Exxon-Valdiz oil spill. We use to have white sand, and there were fish in our bay.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Mary. thank you so much for this message, i am saddened by the situation you shared..i hope that things like these will be minimized.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Richard..they dont really know that nature is worth more than their dollars..we cannot eat money.. we used to buy food and things with money but where do they come from?..from nature, right..

      thanks for reading!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much dear Tom :) I am glad you've found this hub useful.. amazing message . thank you much!!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Alicia! thank you. we humans should always protect the world we are living in. agree to your message!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Rosemay! thank you for the visit and for the wonderful comment too :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Dianna. thanks for the message. I love it, so very true.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Tammy, these things are happening everyday. Blast fishing or dynamite fishing is illegal but people dont care anymore. All they wanted was a large catch and a large money. Then after that, what happens, coral reefs are destroyed.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much sir Bill. That was an amazing comment.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Larry, thank you so much for your message. I thank you for the support from my hub 1 to my latest hub. You're a great hubfriend!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thanks Mhatter :) oil spill is a threat to our seas and oceans..

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Great advice for all of us as world citizens to share. I don't know why our fellow man must destroy so much goodness just to make a dollar. Voted up and Shared.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have been saying most of this for years and have incorporated a good part of this into "Life at Boomer Lake with Deb." Glad that you're saying it, too.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi unknown spy

      "There is enough in this world for man’s need, but not for man’s greed."

      I did not know about dynamite and cyanide fishing. How despicable!

      Sharing this one.

      Voted up and away

      Take care :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I had not heard of dynamite fishing before--but little surprises me these days--how awful--thank you for making me more aware---passing this one on!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Nancy, Deb, Sue, Audrey,

      thanks for reading and for the visit. your kind comments are all appreciated.

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      Tiffany Gabel 4 years ago from Olathe KS (Kansas City Metro Area)

      Dynamite and cyanide fishing are HORRIBLE!! not to mention VERY devastating to all life in area in which these methods are used...very sad ;(

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Yes Tiff. it was a horrible way to catch and sell fish. soem areas where cyanide fishign occurs have poisoned people who have eaten fish caught with cyanide.

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      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Correct. these are the ways that could damage the ocean.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      oh thank you dear.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      unknown spy,

      I really admire your hubs. It really shows concern in protecting the environment.

      Enjoyed your beautiful pictures too.

      Have a good day! :-)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Meldz. Yeah I do.. It seems that people are abusing all what we have each day.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Lots of useful information, Unknown. There are a lot of things that I didn't know about protecting marine life. There are some changed needed...

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hello aubrey. thank you so much..appreciate your message

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