Do you see the circles in the bottom 2/3rd of the picture? That is damage to eelgrass beds made by boats anchoring. Even after a boat has pulled up anchor, the effect of a chain dragging in circles for long periods of time can have an effect.
Aquatic invasive species (also called exotic or non-native) are plants and animals that are transported to an ecosystem where they don’t belong. Often this means in the new location they don’t have natural predators and the population can explode out of control. This hurts native species, the ecosystem balance and often the local economy as fishermen and local property values can be affected. The only way to stop an invasive species from causing harm is to prevent them from entering the environment in the first place. For more information, take a look at this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Aquatic Invasive Species
Yes, choosing a sunscreen that doesn’t hurt our oceans matters! And, the great folks at Haereticus labs have a certification program for ecofriendly sunscreens called Protect Land + Sea Certification. Click here to read more
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® program for consumers helps us all know what fish are sustainable to eat and which fish if we eat cause damage to our oceans by the way they are fished or if that fish population is threatened. Our choices 100% determine what fish are caught. Making sustainable choices in fish rewards fishermen who do things the right way and preserves the biodiversity of our oceans.