By Jennifer CrouchThe sport bible is calling for all athletes to get involved in marine life conservation, and marine biologist Jennifer Crouser has a few tips for getting started.
Crouch, who works for the nonprofit Marine Conservation Institute, is the founder of the Marine Life Action Network (MLAN) and a member of the Board of Directors for the Marine Mammal Society of America (MMSA).
She has also worked in the Marine Conservation Society’s marine mammal office.
She recently published a book called Marine Life for Dummies, which explains the basics of marine life preservation, which can be used to get started.
“You can go out and meet a lot of different marine life groups and organizations, and the great thing about being an activist is that you’re not alone,” she said.
“If you’re just a volunteer and you don’t have a whole team of people that you can share the information with, you’re going to have a lot less success in that regard.”
While the organization has more than 400,000 members, it is not without its critics.
Some of the most vocal are those who are opposed to the practice of using captive animals in research, particularly when it comes to the captive dolphins and whales.
Crouser said her organization is in the business of preserving the natural world, and there is no such thing as a captive animal.
“The idea that a dolphin can be kept in captivity for research is just wrong,” she told ABC News.
“When people come to us with these ideas, we’re always looking for ways to help them, and if they have a legitimate reason to keep these animals, then they’re going do that.”
If someone’s doing research and they’re saying that they’re keeping these animals to study the effects of the drugs that they use on them, we have a problem, because we’re not able to help those animals.
“While Crouse believes in preserving the animals for research, she also believes that they are the most effective tool for marine conservation.”
We need to protect the species and we need to do all we can to save the species, and then the next thing you know, these animals are going to be in the hands of the pharmaceutical companies,” she added.”
I would love to see a dolphin in captivity because I would love it to live in a home, because I think it would be the best way to teach people about the importance of preserving these animals.
“That’s what I would really love to do as a conservationist, but I’m just not interested in doing that.”
Watch ABC News’ report on how to start your own conservation group