5 Ways SeaWorld is Ridding the Ocean of Plastic

Thursday, June 8, 2017

SeaWorld celebrates the world’s oceans everyday, but today we are celebrating just a bit more because…

It’s World Oceans Day!

At SeaWorld we are passionate about keeping our oceans healthy which is why we continue to support initiatives and organizations that join with us in the fight for clean water. Check out just a few of the ways that SeaWorld is helping through ridding these bodies of water of debris! 

  1. First and foremost, SeaWorld has conservation in the bag (The Reusable Bag that is!) WODreusuable2 In 2011, SeaWorld San Diego eliminated the use of plastic bags in the park’s gift shops as plastic bags are a huge problem for certain species of sea turtles, which sometimes mistake the bags for jellyfish. Last year in efforts to encourage this effort SeaWorld San Diego introduced the “Creating a Cleaner World” program to help reduce shopping bag waste in the parks. The park now offers reusable shopping bags for guests to purchase for as low as 99 cents per bag! Paper shopping bags are also available at the park’s gift shops for 10 cents each.
  2. Turning Marine Debris into Artwork WODheader At SeaWorld Orlando they are taking recycling to a whole different level. The park partnered with artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi and her organization, The Washed Ashore Project, to illustrate the negative impact of plastic pollution on the ocean and its animals. “Finn,” as the Mako shark has been named, is made entirely from hard, non-biodegradable plastics found on our shores, including plastic containers and fishing nets. 
  3. This SeaWorld Ambassador is Helping Her Local Waterways
    SeaWorld ambassador Amanda’s love for water conservation connected her with the Living Lands & Waters. This organization’s main initiative is to rid waterways of debris. Amanda got the opportunity to live on one of their eco-friendly barges for 7 days and help clear waterways of debris as it floated down the Ohio River. The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, along with ambassador support, aids Living Lands and Waters (LL&W) in using eco-friendly barges to help to teach how keeping rivers clean is a very valuable part of preserving our ecosystems.
  4. Beach Cleanups that make a BIG Difference
    Beach clean ups are a great way for communities to help keep their waterways and oceans clean. This was definitely the case when a number of SeaWorld Ambassadors helped with a cleanup at Mission Bay near SeaWorld San Diego. At the end of the day, our SeaWorld ambassadors picked up over 300 pounds of trash!
  5. Supporting Projects That Focus on Marine Debris Removal WODswbgcf3 The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund gives millions of dollars in funding to protect animals and the places they inhabit. One of these awesome projects is the Galveston Bay Foundation. Support from the Conservation Fund has helped with the planning, organizing, and hosting two separate cleanup events around Galveston Bay in 2017. These cleanups are each part of a broader, multi-organization statewide campaign to remove vast amounts of marine debris that endangers a wide variety of fish, birds, and other wildlife.

For more on how SeaWorld is helping protect our oceans, check out some of the organizations from the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund here.

On behalf of all of us here at SeaWorld, Happy World Oceans Day! Be sure to show us how you are celebrating this awesome day on our social media pages!

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