When my sister and I were younger, we were infatuated with the Disney Princess “The Little Mermaid”. All we wanted was to grow up to be mermaids and swim “under the sea”. This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to make that dream come true. I attended the World Ocean Day celebration put forth by Channel Islands Outfitters and the Save The Mermaids. The ocean-friendly group consisted of men and women who cleaned up both Goleta beach and Leadbetter Beach that day; searching for plastic and waste that could harm our ocean friends. The choice to call the founders “mermaids”, is not an exaggeration. After the cleanup, the members of CIO (Channel Islands Outfitters) and Save The Mermaids braved the wind and paddled out onto the water covered in sea-shell bra’s and smiles. The group of long time, new and furry paddlers out on the water was a sight to see.But what is World Ocean Day about? Channel Islands Outfitters is a For Benefit Corporation, meaning that our commitment to Save the Oceans is engrained in our corporate structure. Ocean Day was another reason for us to celebrate the environment we work so hard to protect. Plastic marine debris affects at least 267 species worldwide and World Ocean Day was another chance to reduce that impact. The time I was able to spend with the Mermaids on Ocean Day taught me that there was more to their interaction with the ocean than frolicking in the surf in sea-shell bras; they are ocean ambassadors. “The Mermaids act as ambassadors to the sea by educating our community about human-sourced ocean pollution and advocating for behaviors that benefit the ocean environment”.So since World Ocean Day (June 8) has come and gone, what can you do to reduce your impact on the ocean? Most of them are pretty simple, and you’ve most likely heard them before. First and foremost, take a Mermaid Pledge and reduce your plastic waste. One-time-use plastic is one of the biggest opponents ocean friendly folk face.