Me and the Sea: 14 Recommendations on How to Be a Better Friend to the Baltic Sea

1. Introduce the round goby to your menu

It’s quite the tasty small fish. This invasive species can already be found practically everywhere in the Baltic Sea, but most of the round gobies caught in nets are thrown back into the sea.

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2. Opt for organic cleaning agents and sort your rubbish

The fewer household chemicals reach the sea via the sewers and the more rubbish that can be recycled, the better the Baltic Sea will do.

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3. Choose green energy

By consuming green energy you will be helping to alleviate climate change and ensure algal communities' ability to produce oxygen in the future.

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4. Favour organic food and use less fertiliser when growing food yourself

By doing this you will be helping to keep the Baltic Sea cleaner. One of the largest polluters of the Baltic Sea is the nutrients that reach it through agriculture.

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5. Ride a bike or take public transport when commuting in the city

A significant amount of exhaust gases is created by both sea and land transport.

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6. Support and respect coastal culture

As a visitor to a coastal community, be sure to visit the village museum and, given the opportunity, eat at a local restaurant. But also respect the local way of life – leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind and your car in the car park.

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7. Eat a greater variety of species of fish

By doing this you will be giving better-known fish time to recover their populations. Roughly 35 different species of fish are caught in the coastal seas of Estonia every year. How many of them have you eaten?

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8. Consume less and opt for locally-made products

Much of global trade takes place by sea and for fast fashion, cheap electronic gadgets and exotic fruit, large cargo ships must traverse thousands of nautical miles and burn fuel in large quantities.

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9. Start studying a subject that could help find solutions to climate change

Mitigating or adapting to climate change requires innovative solutions.

Read more about what to study to help build a better future >>>


10. When taking a walk along the beach in spring, keep your dog on its leash and photograph birds and animals from a sufficient distance

The baby seals hobbling around on the beach do not need any human help. Instead, notify a seal researcher, to whom this is important information in protecting the animals. Protect wildlife!

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11. Do not eat fish or seafood that are endangered or the catching of which harms the environment

Environmentally conscious fans of fish favour local white fish first and foremost, which is doing well in the wild.

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12. Be sure to dispose of old and unused pharmaceuticals at a chemist's or waste collection point

Currently, waste water treatment plants still lack the ability to effectively remove pharmaceutical waste from water.

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13. When choosing clothes, carpets, sofa fabrics and other textiles, try to avoid plastic materials (polyester, acrylics and nylon)

Try to do laundry less frequently, choose a milder washing programme and use environmentally friendly detergents – that way less microplastics will make their way into the sea.

Read more about the impact of plastic materials >>>


14. Choose a quieter vessel to travel in by sea

If you enjoy sailing on the sea, then opt for a less noisy kayak or sailing boat. Speedboats and motorboats are indeed faster, but they create excessive noise.

Read more about noise pollution >>>