10 Tips for Responsible Tide Pooling

Follow these simple steps to protect sea creatures and their natural habitats.

Choose Wisely

Robert Holmes

Choose Wisely

Whole shells sold in souvenir shops are often dredged from the ocean floor, then killed and bleached. Consider collecting only the empty shells Mother Nature leaves at the water’s edge. Peek inside to ensure you don’t take a live one.

Stay Safe Wear a sunblock T-shirt, or slather on chemical-free or physical sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Studies suggest chemical sunscreens can kill coral reefs. Bonus: Sunblock clothing is reusable, and you don’t have to remember to reapply.

Robert Holmes

Stay Safe

Wear a sunblock T-shirt, or slather on chemical-free or physical sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Studies suggest chemical sunscreens can kill coral reefs. Bonus: Sunblock clothing is reusable, and you don’t have to remember to reapply.

Place all trash in proper receptacles. Plastic bags can look like jellyfish to hungry sea turtles and seals. Six-pack rings can trap ocean critters and birds, so cut rings into pieces before disposing.

Robert Holmes

Can It

Place all trash in proper receptacles. Plastic bags can look like jellyfish to hungry sea turtles and seals. Six-pack rings can trap ocean critters and birds, so cut rings into pieces before disposing.

Offering a snack to fish and sea turtles encourages them to be dependent on humans and disrupts their diet.

Robert Holmes

No Feeding

Offering a snack to fish and sea turtles encourages them to be dependent on humans and disrupts their diet.

Hide, Don’t Seek Observe ocean life quietly, and never chase a sea turtle or flashy fish. Sea turtles are protected animals. Messing with one may bring a hefty fine or even jail time.

Robert Holmes

Hide, Don’t Seek

Don’t Seek Observe ocean life quietly, and never chase a sea turtle or flashy fish. Sea turtles are protected animals. Messing with one may bring a hefty fine or even jail time.

Draw the Line

Robert Holmes

Draw the Line

Monofilament line and nets can entrap and drown turtles, seals, and birds. Retrieve any broken fishing line, and discard properly.

Tread Lightly Don’t anchor your boat on coral, or step on it when swimming, especially when wearing fins.

Robert Holmes

Tread Lightly

Don’t anchor your boat on coral, or step on it when swimming, especially when wearing fins.

Sleep Green Seek hotels and resorts with procedures to protect sea life and water quality.

Robert Holmes

Sleep Green

Seek hotels and resorts with procedures to protect sea life and water quality.

Dine at restaurants serving sustainable seafood. Carry a Seafood Watch or Blue Ocean Institute card in your wallet, and order eco-friendly. To download, visit seafoodwatch.org or blueocean.org.

Robert Holmes

Be Reserved

Dine at restaurants serving sustainable seafood. Carry a Seafood Watch or Blue Ocean Institute card in your wallet, and order eco-friendly. To download, visit seafoodwatch.org or blueocean.org.

Stay on Track Follow trails to the beach, avoiding grasses and shrubs. Their roots anchor the sand and help prevent erosion.

Robert Holmes

Stay on Track

Follow trails to the beach, avoiding grasses and shrubs. Their roots anchor the sand and help prevent erosion.

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