Oceans and Coasts

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Watch this "Dateline: On Assignment" video on Palmyra Atoll

You won't believe how far plastic trash travels, or how large the coconut crabs are on Palmyra Atoll. Watch now.

Learn more about our work

The impact of our oceans can't be understated. From coastal communities to local economies to ingredients in your favorite ice cream, oceans impact us every single day. Learn more about what TNC is doing to conserve these beautiful blue worlds.

Get the dirt on your beachside retreat

Before you stay in a hotel on the coast, ask staff what happens to their sewage and swimming pool water, and if they source their restaurant fish from sustainable sources. Do your research and ask questions.

Find out the source of your food, and make informed choices

Buying local, organic food reduces your carbon footprint, supports the local economy and reduces the amount of pesticides and fertilizers that end up not just in your stomach, but as run-off in rivers and oceans, too. Use Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch or install the Blue Ocean Institute's Fish Phone app on your mobile device to help you choose sustainable seafood at the grocery store or a restaurant.


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Sign the Pledge to Protect our Oceans

Every second breath we take comes from the ocean. Oceans are the life support system for our planet, providing 97 % of the Earth’s livable habitat. These amazing places also help regulate our weather and climate, put food on our plate, contribute important ingredients to medicines, and provide livelihoods to millions. Pledge to take our simple and meaningful steps to protect our oceans. This pledge is one part of our powerful partnership with Windows 10 to protect our world's oceans and #UpgradeYourWorld.

At Home
Reduce your plastic consumption

The most frequently collected items during beach cleanups are made of plastic — think reusable shopping bags, water bottles and utensils.

Dispose of chemicals properly

Never pour chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil or paint into the drain or toilets. Check with your county’s household hazardous waste program to properly dispose of or recycle chemicals and keep them out of rivers and oceans.

Choose green detergents and household cleaners—or make your own

Besides being better for your own health, these products are safer for the environment since what goes down the drain can end up in our oceans.

Fill your yard with native species

Reducing the amount of grass in your lawn by planting native shrubs and flower beds will provide a better habitat for birds and other wildlife and require far less water and fertilizer, which can seep into the oceans. 


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