Did you know that 80% of marine pollution comes from land-based sources?  If you’re ready for your beach getaway, here are 5 ways you can be kinder to the ocean.

Produce minimal trash

Be conscious of the trash you are using and
make sure to clean up after yourself. If you have a reusable water bottle, make
sure to bring it! Curaçao’s tap water is safe to drink, it’ll save you a couple
of bucks not having to stock up on bottles. Have an empty bottle? Check if
there are any areas where you can recycle. If you’re visiting us, we have recycle
trash bins right outside our shop.

Beach friendly gadgets you should know
about: paper or bamboo straws, reusable water bottles, eco lunchboxes or snack
containers, recycled beach bags.

Eat or hunt Lionfish

Curaçao has been one of the islands
affected by the lionfish invasion. Studies have shown that lionfish can reduce
native fish by 65%. It’s not shocking as these creatures can lay up to 30,000 eggs
every few weeks and live up to 30 years. They also prey on the grazers and
cleaners that ensure the health of corals!

If you see it on the menu try it out!
Planning to dive and want to go hunting? We offer a weekly Lionfish Scuba
Experience where we cull lionfish to help control its invasion. Get ready for
some fresh sashimi at the end of your trip!

Be nice

Protect the underwater life! Please do not feed, touch, chase, or ride anything underwater. Animals can feel threatened and stressed due to your actions. Your actions can also interrupt feeding or mating. This can all result in aggressive behavior.

Use safe sunscreen

Did you know that recent studies have found
that there are chemicals in many popular sunscreen brands that harm our corals?

Look for sunscreen that don’t contain
biologically toxic chemicals such as Stream2Sea, Amavara, and All Good. Our
beach shop only sells Stream2Sea products in our efforts to protect our ocean.

Support local leaders in sustainability

Support our leaders in sustainability. There
are different entities working towards increasing awareness on sustainability
and protecting the island’s marine life. Usually these tend to be non-profit
organizations dependent on donations to keep moving forward.

Some of the entities we support are Coral
Restoration Foundation Curaçao, Sea Turtle Conservation Curaçao and Limpi
Curaçao. We have a variety of items for sale that contribute financially to
these organizations. Check out our conservation corner!

These are just 5 simple steps you can take on your next vacation. But ultimately educating is one of the key elements! At Ocean Encounters we try our utmost best to be an example and commit to various practices promoting sustainable tourism. Join our movement #OEPledge!

1 Comment

  • Great article! Everybody should follow these rules!

    Wouter Schoemaker,
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