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Five Simple Ways to Protect the Ocean this World Oceans Day

The ocean is a vital part of our planet’s ecosystem and supports a diverse array of marine life. It is an essential lifeline for Earth and all those who live on it. Unfortunately, human activities have put immense pressure on the ocean’s health and balance. If we don’t take action to conserve it, we risk losing this critical resource.

Here are five ways we can conserve the ocean: 

Photo: Casey Pratt / Love Africa Marketing

1. Support ocean conservation organisations

There are a number of exceptional organisations dedicated to conserving the ocean, and Love Africa is proud to support them through driving action through campaigns and storytelling.  

ON THE BRINK is a WILDTRUST  for sharks and rays that aims to highlight the importance and value of new sanctuary areas in South Africa’s Ocean for the species, as well as strengthen support for the designation and establishment of Protected Areas, and their effective management.


For World Oceans Day this year, ON THE BRINK has released a video highlighting how critically important it is for us to increase sanctuary spaces in South Africa’s Ocean for sharks and rays.


OCEAN iMPAct is a campaign by WILDTRUST that supports the establishment of more Marine Protected Areas in South Africa’s mainland waters. It also supports the global target of 30% strongly protected areas by 2030. Follow the campaign HERE

2. Reduce plastic waste

Plastic waste is one of the most significant threats to the ocean’s health. To reduce plastic waste, avoid making use of single-use plastic products such as straws, bags, and water bottles. Instead, opt for reusable alternatives and recycle the plastic wherever possible. 

Visit The Litterboom Project to learn more about how plastic pollution is impacting our oceans and how you can support the work being done to mitigate the damage caused by plastic waste.

Photo: The Litterboom Project

3. Conserve water

Every drop of water counts, and conserving water can reduce the amount of water pollution that enters the ocean. Some everyday changes to make include taking shorter showers, fixing leaks, using water-efficient appliances, only water gardens during cooler times of the day, and collecting rainwater when possible. 

Visit Watermate to learn about rainwater harvesting and more solutions.

4. Choose sustainable seafood

Overfishing is a major issue that threatens the balance of ocean ecosystems. Be mindful of your choices when it comes to both sources and species when it comes to consuming seafood.The World Wide Fund’s SASSI App is a great tool to help guide your choices.

5. Reduce your carbon footprint

Climate change is one of the most significant threats to the ocean’s health, and reducing our carbon footprint can help mitigate its impact. We can do this by implementing small yet meaningful changes into our daily lives, such as: reducing our energy consumption, using sustainable forms of transport, practicing waste reduction, and promoting the use of renewable energy.

Seal shown on a KZN beach surrounded by litter. Photo: Casey Pratt

Conserving the ocean is a shared responsibility. By adopting sustainable practices, reducing pollution, supporting marine protected areas, and raising awareness, we can safeguard this invaluable resource for future generations. We hope you will join us in doing your part this World Oceans Day.