These days, most of us have become more aware of our environment and more active in doing our part to keep it from harm whenever we can. We make valiant efforts to leave all aspects of nature as pristine as they are when we find them, leaving no trash behind; but we can also help protect our environment by safeguarding our oceans, bays and rivers, and all of the amazing creatures existing within them.
One of the best ways we can protect our aquatic ecosystems is to eliminate the damage and stress we put on it. We need to keep dangerous chemicals from seeping into our waterways and we need to avoid damage to our coral, sponges, seagrass and reefs that so many of our amazing sea creatures depend on to survive. Much of our sea life makes their homes among the coral, sponges, reefs and seagrass; and seagrass is the main food source for our beloved and struggling manatees.
While it may seem minimal, even the smallest damage can be paramount, as simply smashing the tips of coral colonies can kill them and coral reefs can take over 20 years to grow; and killing seagrass can be absolutely devastating to our manatee population. Those are just two examples.
Traditional boat anchors cause a great deal of reef and seagrass damage. In fact, old-style anchors and anchor chains are responsible for over 20% of this type of damage. So what’s the solution? Stayput Anchors, which are engineered by experienced boaters and fisherman (BTW – Boaters and fishermen are some of our staunchest aquatic preservation advocates.), don’t damage sea beds. Their sleek design provides an environmentally friendly way to anchor. However, if you are hooked on your traditional anchor, please make sure it doesn’t drag along any of our valuable resources.