Please do not go into the ocean wearing sunscreens that contain oxybenzone.
Coral reefs all over the world are at particular risk now, as the third-ever, global, mass-bleaching event takes place. The most recent scientific paper on coral pollutants, published October 2015, contains compelling evidence that oxybenzone should be prohibited from entering the ocean, at the very least while coral is so vulnerable. Find out more here.
MarineSafe is involved with a number of projects that are addressing the problems of domestic-source pollution and plastic. These include #OneLess, a campaign to reduce the number of single-use plastic water bottles used in London (ZSL.org/oneless); a public engagement campaign on beaches and resorts being organised in Hawaii; measures to achieve a ban on the use of oxybenzone on beaches in Maui; the IPSO scientific workshop on pollutants from personal care products; raising awareness and concern about the issue at the International Coral Reef Symposium and the World Conservation Congress.
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