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Fight For The Ocean

Imagine a world without life beneath the waves.
Together, we can make sure that never happens.

In 2018, in honor of Dr. Sylvia Earle (an amazing oceanographer who’s been fighting for the ocean for over 50 years), Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) declared the day of her birthday, August 30th, as Fight for the Ocean Day. Our Fight for the Ocean effort (which we hope to grow into a full campaign) was created to help make a difference for our ocean and for those who call it home.

There are many ocean conservation organizations doing fantastic work for our ocean, but unfortunately, they are leaving a key component out of their work: the tremendous impact of eating sea creatures. And as vegans, we may feel we are doing our part by not consuming sea creatures, or any animals, but we also need to do more. We cannot be passive. We must fight for every living creature in the ocean—for their lives.

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We are calling on people worldwide to:

Do an ocean clean-up on August 30th!

If you live near a seashore, grab a bucket with some friends and spend a few hours cleaning up to help the ocean for the benefit of all who live there!

Don’t live near the ocean? No problem! Organize a clean-up at one of your local lakes, streams, or rivers!

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Don’t eat animalsit hurts the ocean!

We at F.E.P. know how heartbreaking it is to see images of sea turtles, seals, birds, and other animals caught in nets. The continued demand for eating sea creatures is why fishing equipment exists to begin with, so by eating animals from the sea, we are indirectly responsible for the cruelty inflicted upon those sea turtles, seals, birds, and more. The ocean and animals who call it home suffer tremendously, and we MUST do our part to stop the suffering we inflict on them. Ultimately, demand generates exploitation, and by choosing to go vegan, we can help end the cycle of exploitation, suffering, and destruction.

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Seven Ways to Celebrate and Save Ocean Life

Ready to help #Fight4TheOcean but want to keep yourself and everyone else safe during COVID19? Check out our list of seven things you can do to Fight for the Ocean while sheltering in place!

Organize a Virtual Watch Party

The perfect activity for quarantine: Documentary marathons! Grab your favorite snacks and organize a virtual party with friends and family to watch some of our favorite films about the ocean and those who call her home.

Here are some suggestions to get you started

Put on Your Chef’s Hat

Love “seafood” but love sea life more? You can find many vegan alternatives to “seafood” in stores, like fish sticks, crab cakes, tuna, and more! Check out these delicious recipes that will help strengthen your resolve to stay vegan!

Spread the Word

ffto-info-cardsHelp #Fight4TheOcean by sharing our wallet-sized cards to leave at restaurants or grocery stores!

Have cards shipped directly to you by clicking here. 

Help others make the connection between our food choices and the impact we have on our ocean and those who call her home by sharing our website with your friends and family.

Educate Yourself for the Workers’ Sake

The fishing industry hurts more than just the ocean and those who call her home. The exploitation, abuse, and enslavement of workers is widespread and continues to grow while authorities and the industry remain complacent, favoring profits over lives.

Be Dazzled by Ocean Diversity

From animals with technicolor tentacles to iridescent fins to those who glow in the dark, our ocean has amazing creatures that need our protection. Check out these links to learn why we believe the ocean has some of the most amazing animals on Earth: 

Get Creative for the Ocean!

Our creative friend at Sharktopia has created a special coloring page in honor of our Fight For The Ocean campaign, download the PDF here! And don’t forget to share your artwork with us on social media by using #Fight4TheOcean for a chance to be featured!

Download free activities and even more gorgeous coloring pages on Sharktopia’s website; you will not be disappointed!


Ever think your trash could be made into art? Trash you have around your home can help raise awareness about our ocean and why it’s imperative to fight for her! And the pieces of plastic you turn into art will be ones that don’t end up in the ocean. A quick online search will give you many creative ideas. 

Have fun with the colors and dream of being under the waves with the animals!

Bask in Their Beauty!

Everybody can use some peace and beauty in their life. Watching videos of marine life enjoying themselves in their natural habitat and living their lives as they should is a particular joy. Countless videos of these spectacular animals exist online and on social mediahumpback whales singing to each other, dolphins playing, fishes swimming in remarkable formationswhy not take a minute or two to watch?

Like our list? Get others to join you in doing these seven things.

Are you ready to #Fight4TheOcean?


Take action on social media with hashtag #Fight4TheOcean.

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Read more about our Fight for the Ocean effort and Dr. Sylvia Earle on our blog.

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