8 ways to help coral reefs

This is the second post for coral reef awareness week! If you’ve not read the first one, check it out here.

  1. Buy sustainable seafood

Did you know that over half of the world’s fisheries are overfished?

Sustainable fishing is:

  • Good fishing management that don’t have negative impacts on the environment
  • Stable fish populations
  • NOT overfishing
  • Fishery practices that maintain the ecosystem

Buy seafood that has MSC and ASC labels or an eco certificate on because the fish that are caught, have less of an impact on the environment. If it doesn’t say, ask. If lots of people ask and they don’t have answers which results in less sales, then they will do something about it.

The Marine Conservation Society have a list of fish that you should and shouldn’t buy, check it out here. This is so that endangered and vunerable species are avoided as much as possible.

2. Don’t buy corals

If you really think about it, the coral that you are buying is the skeleton of the animal, so why would you want that?

To get the coral, people dredge the seas -> this is ILLEGAL! Dredging is where someone gets a massive net and pulls it across the ocean floor, it kills everything in its path. It’s the worst thing that a coral reef could have happen to them.

Just don’t buy corals. Simple.

3. Raise awareness

Share posts on Instagram! Even if you only have a few followers, still share it because someone will read it and they might share it too. Furthermore, tell your friends and family about them and encourage them to learn more about them and why they are important.

4. Reduce your carbon footprint

The more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the warmer the planet is. It warms the oceans and makes them more acidic. This leads to coral bleaching and if you’ve read my previous post, you’ll know how bad that is.

Having a greener carbon footprint should always be your goal. There are lots of different things you can do to improve it. There aren’t really any cons to being more eco friendly. Here are a few ways how:

  • Eat less meat / go vegetarian or vegan
  • Grow your own fruit / veg
  • Compost
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Walk instead of driving

To see what your carbon footprint is, click here

5. Avoid fertilizers

Did you know that even if you live thousands of miles away from reefs that they will end up in the ocean?

For example, lawn fertilizer will end up in the waterway system which connects to rivers, seas and oceans which are all interconnected so will reach sea creatures. Fertilizers are toxic.


  • Compost -> creates humus-rich soil
  • Crop rotation -> different crops that you grow, will need a different amount of nutrients. By rotating your crops, you can let the soil recover.
  • Wormery -> they create nutrient-rich soil

6. Don’t touch

If you are in the water with corals, DO NOT TOUCH! They may look like a rock but they are LIVING ANIMALS! We have a type of oil on our skin which means that if we touch them, we will kill them because the oil is TOXIC. Additionally, it prevents future growth. Coral reefs are amazing to look at and are so beautiful, but please do this from a distance.

Furthermore, if you do go snorkelling and you go with a brand / company, let them know how important reef conservation is to you and ask them what they do to conserve them! If they get asked enough, they’ll do something about it (that is if they don’t already!)

7. Volunteer at beach cleans

It’s great that you don’t litter, but picking up someone else’s litter is even more proactive! If you go onto the Marine Conservation Society, there are a list of beach cleans that are available throughout the year at multiple different places. (Also the official beach clean up week this year is 18th – 25th September 2020). Obviously, it’s hard to go to an organised beach clean at the moment due to government restrictions but you could organise a small one with the people you live with/friends socially distanced.

I’ve signed up for two beach cleans but both were unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather. But since I’m going to Bournemouth Uni in September, I’ll 100% do one there, which I’m really excited about!

8. Educate yourself

There are so many ways that you can educate yourself on coral reefs, here are a few of my suggestions:

  • ‘Chasing Coral’ on Netflix -> I watched it sometime last year when I was learning about coral reefs in college and it was really interesting and there was a lot of info on them, I would definetly reccommend this if you have Netflix. I had to keep pausing to write down extra notes 😂
  • ‘Blue Planet’ on BBC iPlayer -> Blue Planet is such a great series! I mean, pretty much everything by David Attembourgh is amazing but specifically to coral reefs, this is something to watch.
  • There are lots more documentaries about coral reefs and the ocean on Netflix and BBC iPlayer, but the above are my favourites

Best wishes, Cx

Some of my information is from these places:






Published by envirolineblog

I'm an 18 year old girl from England who loves the environment and wants to help make our planet more sustainable. Additionally, I'm trying to spread awareness about mental health and eating disorders.

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