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Going Green Starts by Thinking Blue

We live on a blue planet. Protecting Mother Earth means protecting the ocean. Every other breath you take comes from oxygen created by the ocean, the world’s second largest ecosystem, making up 71-percent of the Earth’s surface and producing as much as 85-percent of the world’s oxygen. Let’s protect it!

As an ocean preservation foundation, Protect Our Mother (POM) is focused on preserving our oceans and restoring habitat for ocean mammals, like coral reefs and kelp forests.

Mission Possible

The ocean is big and so are our goals—and we can do this! Every positive difference starts with first steps. POM will be aimed at protection, legislation and climate balance.

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Marine Animal Spotting Program:

Mission: Protect existing whales, dolphins and other marine animals

Possible: Grey whales’ biggest threat is boat strikes. This alert program will notify oncoming ships whenever there is a pod of ocean mammals in their path to protect them from vessel strikes, the leading cause of marine animal injury and death. A pilot program will launch in the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary of California.

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Ban Chemical Sunscreens in California:

Mission: Protect critical ocean habitat, including coral reefs, from toxins

Possible: Hawaii recently banned chemical sunscreens (oxybenzone and octinoxate) to protect coral reefs. California, with its 12,145 square miles of marine protected areas[i], is slated to be next. POM Foundation supports scientific research and legislation, generating campaign support and engaging in sampling and lobbying efforts to raise awareness to help clean up our waters.

Learn about the ban and how chemicals sunscreens affect reefs

 

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Sea Otter Program:

Mission: Climate balancing by increasing the plant life in the ocean that oxygenates our air and sequesters carbon.

Possible: Sea urchins are depleting kelp forests. Their main predators, sea otters, have been brought back from near extinction in the Monterey Bay area. By moving some rescued sea otters to urchin-heavy areas, the otters can continue to repopulate, while also controlling the urchin population. This will allow the kelp to grow and to help restore the natural balance.

 

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[i]https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/about/westcoast.html