Maine’s coastal areas are as beautiful as they are essential to the health of the local ecosystem. They’re home to some of the world’s most fascinating marine life, including several species of fish and our beloved seabirds. These coastal areas are also popular tourist destinations, supporting the local economy.
Unfortunately, our coastal ecosystems are under threat. Pollution, coastal development, and overfishing are just a few of the challenges coastal ecosystems face today. Thankfully, work is being done to preserve our coasts, and individuals like you can help make a difference.
5 Ways to Get Involved With Coastal Conservation
There are many ways to get involved in coastal conservation, depending on your interests and availability. Here are 5 great ways to get started:
Coastal conservation organizations always need volunteers to help with a range of tasks, from beach cleanups to data collection. If you’re eager to get involved, do some research on local coastal conservation groups and see what opportunities are available. You might be able to find an organization that aligns with your interests and helps support the coastal ecosystem you love.
Donations are always appreciated by coastal preservation organizations. Funds can be used for various purposes, including coastal conservation research, purchasing land for preservation, and restoring coastal habitats. If you’re unable to donate time to these organizations, your funds can certainly help their cause.
Many coastal communities host events related to coastal and marine conservation. These can include beach cleanups, lectures by local experts, and workshops on how to help the local ecosystems. Attending events is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and learn how to make simple daily changes to reduce your environmental footprint.
Spread the Word
Coastal conservation is essential, and your voice can help make a difference. Share articles like this on social media, get your friends and family involved in your preservation efforts and write to your local representatives about the importance of coastal conservation. Education is the key to invoking change, and your voice can help coastal conservation efforts reach more people.
Live an Ocean-Friendly Life
Every day, we can make choices that positively affect marine ecosystems. Making conscious decisions to live an ocean-friendly lifestyle is one way you can help preserve our oceans in your day-to-day life.
Some ways you can reduce your affect include:
- Reduce your plastic consumption,
- Dispose of household hazardous waste properly,
- Choose seafood that is sustainably caught or farmed,
- Avoid products or cosmetics containing traces of sharks or whales.
How to Support Maine Coastal Wildlife
If you’re looking for a coastal conservation organization in Maine, our team at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge always welcomes volunteers. Our staff is made up of devoted volunteers who share their unique talents to help us protect coastal wildlife. Our opportunities include assistance with maintenance projects for the Refuge, staffing at our Visitor Center, education outreach, and serving on our committees and board.
Contact us, and we’d be happy to find an opportunity that fits your schedule and interests.