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Even by making a small change in what you do every day, you can achieve big results in helping to protect the ocean.

The Sea Change campaign provides tips on what you can do to make a difference and useful resources to help make it easy for you to take action. This campaign is based on the latest scientific evidence with input from scientists and educators from a range of disciplines.

Make a sea change today to protect the ocean from: 

Plastic Marine Debris

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What Can We Do?

Tip 1: Use a biodegradable paper straw or drink straight from the glass rather than using plastic drinking straw.
Tip 2: Fight hidden plastic by refusing to use cosmetics that contain plastic microbeads. Beware of products containing polyethylene and polypropylene - if neither of these are listed in the ingredients, you're microbead-free! 
Tip 3: Carry your own reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water.
Tip 4: Choose metal cutlery over plastic. 
Tip 5: Don’t put any products containing plastic (such as Q-tips, sanitary products or sticking plasters) down the drain or toilet.
Tip 6: Choose biodegradable or reusable plates over plastic plates.
Tip 7: Use reusable shopping bags (preferably cloth) over disposable plastic bags.
Tip 8: Compost your organic waste to use fewer rubbish bags.
Tip 9: Reuse, recycle and opt for no packaging when possible (e.g. through packaging-free shops).

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Ocean Acidification
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What Can We Do?

Tip 1: Explore transportation alternatives. Could you walk, bike, use public transport, carpool, car-share or drive an electric vehicle to get around?
Tip 2: Choose an energy efficient vehicle and keep your tires properly inflated. Correctly inflated tires can boost your miles per gallon anywhere from 4 to 40 percent.
Tip 3: Adapt your driving style. Speeding and unnecessary acceleration reduce mileage, waste fuel and money, and increase your carbon footprint. 
Tip 4: Telecommute whenever possible rather than, for example, driving or flying for meeting people.
Tip 5: Use hot water more efficiently. Wash clothes in warm or cold water, lower temperature settings of heaters, use water efficient faucets and showerheads.
Tip 6: Reduce your energy use at home. Make sure your home is well insulated, especially in the roof and around windows. Remember to turn off the lights, replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient lighting alternatives, unplug power sources not in use, and use shorter cycles on your dishwasher and washing machine.
Tip 7: Carry out a home energy audit. Evaluate the efficiency of your appliances and lighting, check insulation, and look for air leaks around doors, pipes and windows to discover how you can save energy.
Tip 8: Conserve water. It takes a lot of energy to pump, treat and heat water so saving water reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Also, remember that often what goes down the drain ends up in rivers and lakes, which all run into our ocean.
Tip 9: Waste less food. Agriculture and food production uses vast amounts of carbon dioxide. Each year, food that is wasted is responsible for adding an estimated 3.3 Gtonnes of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere.
Tip 10: Eat less red meat. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, “the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport”.
Tip 11: Buy less. Manufacturing products and transporting them burns a lot of carbon. Think “Do I really need this?” before you buy. This will also save you money! 
Tip 12: Buy locally produced and seasonal food to minimise carbon emissions of transportation. 
Do you have any more tips? Let us know at #OurOceanOurHealth

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Pollution of the Ocean by Contaminants
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What Can We Do?

Tip 1: Keep your sewer drains free from rubbish and toxic chemicals. Reduce the use of hazardous chemicals by choosing environmentally friendly household cleaners, pesticides and fertilisers.
Tip 2: Dispose of chemicals and items containing chemicals properly. Most communities have recycling centres that will accept used oil and other chemicals for recycling.
Tip 3: Never pour any oil or other chemicals onto the ground or into drains. Many of these chemicals eventually make their way to the ocean. 
Tip 4: Consume less pesticide-dependant foods to reduce the amount of pesticides used or go organic.
Tip 5: Do not discharge sewage from boats into coastal waters. Use pump-out stations. Report any malicious dumping that you witness to the local Environment Agency. 
Tip 6: Become informed about manufacturing processes and "clean" alternatives to products. 
Tip 7: Consider growing an ocean friendly garden that will revive our under-hydrated watershed and polluted ocean. More details on this on the Surfrider Foundation website: 
Tip 8: Dispose of unused medicines responsibly; do not throw them in the rubbish or flush them down the toilet. Return them to your local pharmacy or collection centre.

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Depletion of Fish Stocks
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What Can We Do?

What seafood YOU choose to eat can help alleviate the pressures on vulnerable fish stocks, preventing their depletion. Sustainable seafood is caught or farmed in a manner that enables production of that seafood to be maintained in the long-term. If WE act now, some threatened fish stocks can be saved!
Tip 1: Make smart consumer choices. Only eat sustainable seafood. There are plenty of seafood guides available online which tell you what seafood is good for you and the planet, and what isn’t. Some supermarkets pride themselves on ensuring the seafood they sell is from sustainable sources. 
Tip 2: Learn more about the fishing and aquaculture sectors so you can make informed choices as a consumer. 
Tip 3: Ask your restaurant if the fish they are serving is a sustainable resource. Even asking the question may cause them to investigate sourcing sustainable seafood in the future.
Tip 4: Buy seafood that has certification stating it is sustainable, for example it holds the Marine Stewardship seal of approval:, ASC Aquaculture Production:, The Fair Trade Capture Fisheries Standard: , Food Alliance:, Friend of the Sea

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Sea Change Resources

Resources to help everyone make a SeaChange in their life.

About the Project

Sea Change is an EU H2020 funded project that aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.

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Our Ocean, Our Health

The ocean makes planet Earth a habitable place to live and the marine environment is a source of vital human health benefits.

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The Sea Change consortium consists of 17 partners from nine different countries, coordinated by the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.

This consortium, which comprises nine public research organisations, one SME, five non profit organisations and two higher education institutions, brings together selected experts to collectively provide the knowledge, competence, skills and facilities needed for ensuring a good project development, the achievement of project objectives and the successful delivery of project results.


  • Phone

    Jon Parr
    Sea Change Coordinator
    +44(0)1752 426479

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    Jon Parr
    Sea Change Coordinator

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  • Address

    Marine Biological Association
    Citadel Hill,  Plymouth,
    PL1 2PB, United Kingdom

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