Education and Action in Conserving Marine Wildlife

Updated: Jun 26, 2021

Protecting the ocean and its inhabitants often begins with education. The obstacles marine wildlife face are too frequently due to preventable human actions, such as watercraft strikes, exploitative fishing, or harmful interaction. Education equips people to be active in wildlife conservation, enabling them to support organizations, influence policies, and spread awareness to others. Today, marine biologists and conservationists around the world are working to protect local marine life, while emphasizing community education. Protecting marine life of a specific region benefits ecosystems well beyond the immediate habitat, with effects radiating throughout the connected food web and migratory regions. One exemplary case of this protection is in South Florida, where manatees, sharks, sea turtles, and cetaceans require close conservation.

A closeup of a manatee via Unsplash

Florida’s manatees are one of the state’s most beloved marine animals, but they continue to face