What can you do to celebrate and protect sea turtles today (and perhaps every day)? Here are a few suggestions:
Avoid eating shrimp, as thousands of sea turtles accidentally die in shrimp trawls each year: Protecting Sea Turtles One Shrimp at a Time
Use re-usable bags instead of plastic (turtles mistake them for tasty jellyfish), and reduce your consumption of plastic products: Bag the Plastics
Eat sustainable seafood when possible to ensure fewer sea turtles, marine mammals, and seabirds are unintentionally captured to put surf on your plate: Loving Our Seafood to Death?
There are several regional consumer guides (including handy smart phone apps!) to help you make informed seafood choices, here are a few:
Seafood Watch Pocket Guides from Monterey Bay Aquarium
Blue Ocean Institute Seafood Guides
Everyone can help protect sea turtles (and lots of other marine critters), no matter how near or far you live from the ocean. We’re all connected!