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Act for the Ocean

A white wave shape.

Help further our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment by raising your voice and taking actions to protect our one world ocean and the animals that live there.




  • Choose sustainably caught and harvested seafood.
  • Speak up for restoring salmon habitat. Find your congressional representative and urge them to support increased funding for salmon recovery.
  • Make sure salmon have clean water. Drive less to support coho salmon, who are harmed by toxic chemicals from tires. Whenever possible, carpool or take public transit, and if you are able, walk to your destination! If you drive, keep your car tires properly inflated and aligned to reduce wear, wash your car at a commercial car wash so that the wastewater is treated, and have oil leaks fixed. In your yard, use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly, or just use compost.
  • Conserve water at your home. Sweep driveways and sidewalks instead of hosing, take shorter showers and use drought-tolerant plants in your yard.
Three salmon swimming in a river.
  • Follow whale-watching guidelines. If you’re out in a boat, follow all Be Whale Wise guidelines at a minimum. Even better, watch whales from shore! The Seattle Aquarium is one of the sites along the Whale Trail.
  • Participate in events like Orca Action Month in June and Orca Recovery Day events in October.
  • Report whale sightings in real time using the Whale Report App (in addition to any reports you already do to local networks) to reduce the risk of ship strikes. If you’re out in a boat, fly a Whale Warning Flag when you see whales of any kind to warn other boaters.
  • Take the Give Them Space pledge as an individual or a recreational boater.
  • Choose nontoxic, environmentally friendly household and yard products. Even far from the water, nearly everything that goes down your drain or washes into storm drains and creeks eventually ends up in the sea.
  • Taking the actions above to help salmon! Orcas rely on salmon as their top food source.
Two orcas breaching the surface of the ocean.
  • Pick up litter on a local beach or, better yet, organize a group of friends or family members to join a local beach cleanup!
  • Switch to reusable dishes and utensils. Bring your own reusable mug or bottle when you get coffee or water. Skip the plastic utensils and straws when you get takeout food.
  • Choose products with less packaging. Pay attention to how much incidental plastic comes with what you buy—your candy, headphones, pens and more come in plastic packaging. Strive to cut down on your daily plastic consumption, buy used instead of new whenever possible and reward corporations that package responsibly!
Plastic debris in the ocean.
  • Use less gas. Carpool, use mass transit, ride your bike or walk. When you have to fly, consider buying carbon offsets; many airlines offer ways to do so.
  • Reduce energy use. Put on another sweatshirt instead of turning up the heat. Turn off lights and appliances when you are not using them.
  • Invest your money responsibly. Explore climate-conscious investing practices such as those weighing environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.
  • Eat less meat and dairy. Consider fresh, seasonal produce that is grown locally to reduce the carbon emissions from large-scale production, processing and transport.
  • Take the actions above to reduce plastic use. Most plastics are made from petroleum products and have greenhouse gases associated with every step of the process.
Two silhouetted figures walking along the shore of the Washington coast.
  • Protect kelp forests and eelgrass beds, which are essential habitats for animals like juvenile salmon. Ask your members of Congress to advance the Help Our Kelp Act (H.R.5487/S.2807), which would create a new federal grant program to conserve, restore and manage kelp forest ecosystems. If you have a boat, anchor in waters deeper than 25 feet to avoid harming eelgrass.
  • Pledge to Vote No on Initiative 2117 in 2024 in Washington and encourage your friends and family to do the same. This initiative is harmful because it would eliminate billions of dollars in funding for salmon recovery, clean air and water, public transit and more. Under this initiative, instead of polluters being held responsible for their emissions, the costs would be shifted onto communities.
  • Talk about the ocean and its amazing animals! Share how you act for the ocean with your friends, family and local community. By raising your voice, you can inspire others to take action.
A sweeping drone shot of the waters of the Coral Triangle region. Rocky outcroppings covered in lush vegetation surround the bright blue waters of the sea. A small boat can be seen in the center of the image.
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With your help, the Seattle Aquarium builds connections with our community to inspire conservation and curiosity for marine life. When you make an end-of-year gift by December 31, you'll be joining us in protecting our shared marine environment—now and for generations to come. Thank you!

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