When you think of the Sonoran Desert, you might think of cacti, snakes, and dirt. However, there is so much more to the desert, which encompasses the Gulf of California – a place where thousands of marine species thrive.
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In 2010, California tried to ban the plastic bag. I thought to myself, “Seriously? With all the problems we have?” Now individual cities like Dana Point and Laguna Beach are picking up the torch.
I mean, I remember as a child the “Save A Tree: Use Plastic” when we all used paper bags. We loved them. They were used for trash, we wrapped presents in them; heck! Mom even cooked her Thanksgiving Turkey in one. If that’s not “reuse, reduce, recycle” what is?
Here are some of my concerns:
- Who will pay for the paper bags? In all liklihood, the consumer, either directly or indirectly, will bear the added cost.
- There is no great way to ensure reusable bags (the preferred alternative to plastic “single-use” bags) are properly washed, thus preventing food-to-home-back-to-store contamination. I double-dog dare you to read the study linked below; these bags are breeding grounds…
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This applies to the environment everywhere.
Plastic bags have become the standard of how many consumers shop and take home their items throughout much of America. As we know plastic bags are extremely harmful to the environment, and with no way of truly recycling these bags it creates waste that can sometimes end up in locations that we value, such as our beaches. Plastic bags can hurt ocean wildlife and create an annoying burden on those beach goers who are surrounded by plastic waste while trying to enjoy their day off of vacation.
There needs to be new options for vacationeers to bring their items to the beach without the possibility of leaving the harmful plastic bags that litter beaches like the one shown above. Now that option is available to anyone who wants it. Reusable shopping bags have slowly started to become more and more attractive to those people who are becoming environmentally aware. You…
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“Did you know that there is an aquarium in Rocky Point? Not a lot of people do. It is called Cet Mar, and its main focus is on the wildlife and eco systems of the sea of Cortez. They’ve got remakes of the reef ecosystems found in the Sea of Cortez along with turtles, sea lions, and of course the Sea of Cortez’s pride: shrimp. Who knew there were so many different kinds?! You can buy a bag of food and feed the turtles and sea lions!
Cet Mar is an open tank aquarium, housing wild animals; thus they do get to be released, so be aware that the exhibits change. Cet Mar is dedicated to providing awareness and knowledge of the Sea of Cortez and its inhabitants, not to exploit them. Their hours of operation are from 10am-3pm during the week and from 10am-6pm on the weekends. Entry is about $50 pesos ($4 more or less) and is located on the road to Las Conchas. You should definitely visit Cet Mar Aquarium next time you are in Rocky Point!”
*Taken from: http://tinyurl.com/cb4du3y
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium, on the Californian coast is unique, beautiful, and stunning to say the least. The aquarium itself is one of a kind. The aquarium is right of the coast, meaning that the floor-to-ceiling windows show viewers the open ocean. The water isn’t aquarium-fish-tank water that the marine animals have to acclimate to. Every night, the water is transferred in directly from the ocean, and gently filtered so that viewers are able to see nature how it should be.
The exhibits at the museum are almost as beautiful as the ocean itself. With seasonal exhibits like the jellyfish, and new ones opening year-round, there is always something new and crazy and exciting to see!
One of the main focuses of the aquarium is the issue of conservation. The aquarium is dedicated to helping protect and save native ocean species that are quickly deteriorating. Here is the aquarium’s ocean conservation page, where you can find out more about the species and issues that are current in the region, and possibly make a donation to keep the aquarium’s impact on the environment strong.
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These guides are incredibly useful and show consumers what is healthy and sustainable to eat, and what to avoid due to overharvesting and possible extinction.
We have the PDF here, and will be putting up a permanent page with these pocket-sized, convenient brochures.
Here is the official Seafood Watch website.