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Impact Our World

We can affect change in our own backyard and our community by implementing a few changes in our everyday lives.

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Make wise choices at the market.
In making any seafood choices in the market, consider both how and where the product is grown or harvested. As a general rule, products created with fewer inputs (energy, water, chemicals) have fewer impacts on the environment. Also consider what your seafood ate before you eat it. Some carnivorous fish are loaded with mercury that builds up in them from the smaller animals they have consumed. Several excellent seafood guides can help. Support fisheries that are certified by the (MSC)
Marine Stewardship Council™
Off-site Link. The MSC has developed an environmental standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries. This standard is created and consistently revised through worldwide consultation with scientists, fisheries experts, environmental organizations and other people who have a strong interest in preserving fish populations for the future. Remember that together our food choices can make a difference.

For more information on seafood guides that can help, Download an English or Spanish version of the Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch Card. Off-site Link

 
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Reduce your fish consumption by going without for a change.
Going vegetarian doesn’t mean foregoing the health benefits of fish. Many of those beneficial omega-3 essential fatty acids actually come from the fish’s diet of algae and are available as vitamin supplements.

For more information check out the Strange Days Interactive Market.Off-site Link

 
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Consider ways of reducing your carbon emissions.
It can even save you money and combat ocean acidification. Some easy steps include: changing your incandescent light bulbs to florescent; unplugging computers and appliances when not in use; carpooling or taking public transport when you can.

For more information on finding ways to save money and reduce your carbon footprints, download the Strange Days Climate Friendly Checklist (English | Spanish) [PDF file].

 
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Knowledge is power. Stay informed and learn more.
The Sea Around Us Project investigates the impact of fisheries on the world’s marine ecosystems and proposes policies to mitigate these impacts. 

For more information and news on ocean issues, visit
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Let your voice be heard.
Find out where your representatives stand on issues such as fishing subsides, implementation of Marine Protected Areas and fishery management.

For more information about contacting your US federal, state and local officials visit www.congress.org.Off-site Link

 
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Join the growing community movement to become part of the solution.
Join local organization to clean up beaches, restore wetlands, stencil water drains. Visit the list of organizations below for activities in your area and join the online community movement at Strange Days Causes.Off-site Link

 

The Ocean Project — Get involved in community conservation. Search the national and international community conservation maps for organizations and programs near you.Off-site Link

The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup — Join the international effort to clean up our coasts and waterways.Off-site Link


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