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How Can I Help Keep Our Mid-Atlantic Coastal Waters Clean?

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Prevent Pollution

The most effective way to reduce pollution of coastal waters is through prevention. While efforts such as improving sewage treatment plants and stopping direct discharges of raw sewage into the water are the responsibility of local governments, there are a number of things individuals can do to help:

Become an Oceanographer

Oceanography is a multidisciplinary science, combining knowledge from many fields such as biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Most jobs in oceanography require a college degree. If you are a person who likes many of the sciences, oceanography may be for you.

Because many jobs in oceanography require trips on ships, boating experience and a high tolerance to motion sickness is desirable. Certification as a scuba diver is also helpful.

Many oceanographers work for the government, for non-profit organizations, and for universities teaching or doing research. Corporations also hire oceanographers to help explore for oil off-shore, to help design equipment used in the ocean, to help develop new medicines from materials found in the ocean, etc.

Learn more about becoming an oceanographer:

The National Marine Sanctuaries Spotlight On: Ocean Careers.

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