Ten ways to protect the aquatic ecosystem in Sri Lanka. Ten ways to protect the aquatic ecosystem in Sri Lanka.

The aquatic ecosystem of Sri Lanka is home to various species and organisms that are unique to the region. Studies have shown that there are various threats to the aquatic ecosystem surrounding Sri Lanka, which may result in dire consequences if action is not taken immediately.

Here are a few practices one can observe to contribute to marine environment protection.

● Raising awareness of the threats to the aquatic ecosystem

As everyday citizens, there are a few things that we can do that do not require on-ground work or extensive knowledge of the sector. One of such things is raising awareness of the threats to marine environment protection in Sri Lanka. By voicing our concerns, requesting authorities to take action, plus educating friends and family, we can stand against practices that harm sea life.

For example, coral reefs in Sri Lanka are under threat due to reef breaking, coral rubble from the beach, and back beach mining. Understanding the exact threats may provoke complaints to be raised if encountered, which would help the conservation of biodiversity in Sri Lanka.

● Supporting efforts of others who are working to protect the aquatic ecosystem

Selecting worthy causes and engaging with them to encourage their efforts is a brilliant starting point. You can volunteer your efforts or fund their work.

● Using biodegradable products

Pollution is another factor that is extremely dangerous to the aquatic ecosystem in Sri Lanka. Plastic bottles, shopping bags, and other non-biodegradable items end up in the ocean and damage the conservation of biodiversity. Switching to biodegradable products that would not impose a danger to the coral reefs and the aquatic ecosystem is something we all can do. Using reusable items such as reusable straws, cutlery, and other items adds an immeasurable value to the efforts.

● Choosing sustainably sourced seafood

Knowing where your food comes from and whether it has been sustainably sourced without causing harm to the ocean is paramount.

● Conserve water

When you limit the amount of water you use, you control the outflow of wastewater and pollution that reaches back to the ocean.

● Clean the beaches

Another way you can protect the aquatic ecosystem is by cleaning the beaches. In addition, correct disposal of wastage must be practiced to aid the fight against ocean pollution.

● Don’t touch the marine life and aquatic ecosystem

A common mistake most ocean lovers make is engaging with the aquatic ecosystem. The organisms may not be welcoming of human contact and react poorly if damaged.

● Don’t remove corals and other creatures from the natural ecosystem

Even direr is removing the organisms from the ocean and may cause a multitude of problems in the biodiversity of the region.

● If boating, steer clear from reefs

Stay further from the coral reefs and populated aquatic ecosystems to make sure your actions are not causing any disturbances.

● Boycott products made from corals and seashells

Products made from coral reefs and seashells are attractive, but purchasing them encourages the exploitation of the aquatic ecosystem. Refuse such products and assist the conservation of the ocean.

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