Pasaleng, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Don’t be a litterbug; keep the beaches and shorelines free from trash, including cigarette butts, which threatens the lives of birds and animals that might ingest it and get choked. When going outdoors, use reusable containers for food and beverages. Get into the habit of bringing reusable spoons and forks. Pack it in, pack it out.

Use waterproof sunscreens. Oily formulations leave a residue on everything, even on the ocean.

As they say, leave what you find. Don’t bring home souvenirs such as marine life, including corals, seaweed — even driftwood. Some habitats might just get disturbed.

If you love fishing and eating fish, choose only sustainable fish. Learn about marine species that are vulnerable, threatened or endangered like our sea turtles and dugong. Be sure not to tug too hard on snagged lines to avoid disrupting habitats below the surface.Respect the beach

Enjoy the beach, but keep a respectful distance from wildlife, especially at night, when animals may be nesting.

If you happen to be in areas with mangroves, avoid dumping waste by all means. Never cut trees for bonfire.

Encourage your family and friends to do the same, and get them involved in issues such as conservation.

Good stewardship starts from awareness. If you see someone destroying beach property, marine animal habitats, or disrespecting the environment, report the sighting to local authorities, or get in touch with the LEAD Movement.

[photos by blauearth]