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WORLD OCEANS DAY WITH KEEP TAMPA BAY BEAUTIFUL- BERMUDA BLVD

Volunteers are needed to protect Tampa Bay! Bring your kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or motorboat to help remove litter and debris from the Hillsborough River Watershed. Of course volunteers are always needed to remove litter from the shoreline on foot.  Help preserve our beautiful waterways and improve our community by choosing from one of the locations below.

Saturday, June 10, 2017
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

2 Locations to join:
Rick's on the River - 2305 N Willow Ave, Tampa, FL 33607
Bermuda Blvd - 1507 S 22nd St, Tampa, FL 33605

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Davis Island -  (DIVERS WELCOME)
*This location allows for volunteers who have their own dive equipment, kayak or canoe to help with litter removal on & in the water.  

Registration: 8:30 a.m.

Cleanup Start time: 9:00 a.m.

What To Bring 
•    Sunscreen
•    Hat/Sunglasses
•    Protective footwear (close-toed)

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will provide trash bags, water and soft gloves.   Promotional giveaways available while supplies last.

DOWNLOAD the FREE Marine Debris Tracker APP and Select the Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful List

Apple Users
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/marinedebristracker/id432758761?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Android Users
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.uga.engr.geolog.marinedebristrack

Join us for the After Party at Rick's On the River from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. sponsored by Pepin Distributing

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World Oceans Day with Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Programme

#WorldOceansday falls on 8 June 2017.

If you are in and around the Mossel Bay area join the big beach clean on the day and make it the biggest clean up event Mossel Bay has ever seen

Mossel Bay businesses and residents are asked to help clean the local beaches.Keep Fin Alive, Africa Media, Oceans Research, White Shark Africa and the Oyster Catcher Trail are all banding together to tackle a clean-up operation at The Point. 

The meeting place will be the aquarium end of The Point at 2pm.

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World Oceans Day Yoga + Beach Clean Up

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year, the theme is Our Oceans, Our Future, with the conservation focus of encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future.

In support of this event, join Bernice Tong and Philippa Ho for a beach yoga and meditation session at Shek O Beach, followed by beach clean up. This year, we've teamed up with Free Plastic Seas (FPS), a local environmental charity, to raise funds for education programs about the problems of plastic marine pollution and the solutions. To date, FPS has delivered school talks, workshops and events for over 25,000 students in Hong Kong.

Please bring along;
- Yoga mat
- Garbage bags and gloves

This is a kid and dog friendly event.

Plastic Free Seas is a Hong Kong based environmental charity dedicated to advocating change in the way we all view and use plastics in society today, through education and action campaigns. For more information, please visit their website http://plasticfreeseas.org/index.html

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World Oceans Day York Beach Clean Up

World Oceans Day- Beach Clean-Up
Thursday, June 8th
2:00PM-4:00PM
Long Sands Beach, York Maine

Join the Climate Action Teams of Maine Conservation Voters & LCV NH across from Stones Throw, 123 Long Beach Ave., York 

Supplies provided by Blue Ocean Society
Happy Hour afterward at Stones Throw
RSVP & questions: Lindsey Perry
(207) 337-4238 •climateaction@maineconservation.org

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World Oceans Day, Faroe Islands
World Oceans Day, Faroe Islands
World Oceans Day, 'Our Oceans, Our Future', at Galway Atlantaquaria

Celebrate World Oceans Day at Galway Atlantaquaria

‘Our Oceans, Our Future’

Galway Atlantaquaria, Ireland’s largest native species aquarium announces its program of events to celebrate a very special World Oceans Day on the 11th of June. This year Galway Atlantaquaria will be donating a percentage of its takings to the RNLI Galway Lifeboat to recognise the volunteer work of the brave women and men who save lives at sea.

Galway Atlantaquaria located along the promenade in Salthill, Galway city, offers a whole day of family fun and education, with one of the largest BIAZA collections of marine life in Ireland. With two floors of exhibits and interactive tours a day at the aquarium is a lot of fun.

Join us and celebrate ‘Our Oceans, Our Future’ Galway Atlantaquaria from 12pm until 5pm for a host of fun activities like;

Mad Science with slime, goo and rockets, Build a ‘bottle wave maker’, Visit our Pop up tent and learn about the animals, Create a range of fun art prints, see the divers, meet the RNLI, try the ‘Mad Dash’, chill out in the AV ART room, play games, ‘Can you push a tonne of water’, launch of the new #OurOcean exhibit with down2earth materials and Face painting from the wonderful Loopy Lou!

You can keep up to date with all the events on the aquarium website www.nationalaquarium.ie and Facebook page or call 091 585100 for more details.

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World Oceans Day/#SheddTheStraw Celebration

This World Oceans Day, celebrate the aquatic world—and the importance of protecting it—with Shedd Aquarium! Head down to Shedd June 8 to experience life from across our amazing planet. You can also join the movement to #SheddTheStraw to reduce your use of single-use plastic and help protect our waters and the animals that call them home. 

World Oceans Day Activities at Shedd Aquarium

Shedd's Learning team will engage school groups and other guests in Shedd's exhibits with hands-on educational activities about plastic pollution.

Supporters who pledge to #SheddTheStraw on Twitter and Instagram will be entered for a chance to win a free pass for two for Jazzin’ at the Shedd!

Why Shedd the Straw?
The straw in your drink seems small, but the 500 million single-use plastic straws Americans use every day add up to a big problem for our oceans, lakes and rivers. Join us in making a difference. Say “no thanks” to single-use plastic straws and embrace reusable or biodegradable alternatives.

Learn more about #SheddTheStraw and World Oceans Day activities with Shedd at http://bit.ly/2rNrEWD

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World Oceans Day: ‘Our Oceans, Our Future’

Today, Thursday June 8th, is World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and focusing on marine sustainability. The theme for World Oceans Day 2017 is ‘Our Oceans, Our Future’.

Additionally, the action focus for this year is ‘encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future’.

Greenrock said. “Reducing plastic pollution of our ocean has been central to a number of projects and campaigns that Greenrock has launched over the years, notably our ‘No Thanks!’ to single-use bags campaign and the installation of six hydration stations throughout the City of Hamilton.

Why is it important to reduce plastic pollution?

“Plastic pollution affects many different types of ocean wildlife – perhaps the most immediately obvious being sea turtles who mistake plastic bags for food. However plastic pollution can kill animals as diverse in size as whales to plankton,” Greenrock added.

“Our corals, already at risk from ocean acidification, rising sea temperatures and rising sea levels due to human induced global climate change, not to mention the critically low levels of large predators such as rockfish, also face challenges from plastic pollution. As plastics break down into smaller and smaller sizes in the marine environment, coral polyps can catch and ingest such microplastics. While more research needs done to determine the long-term impact of such ingestion by corals, it seems likely that this will ultimately impair the growth of this essential ecosystem.

“With all the existing challenges to coral reefs – and their importance to Bermuda – we should be taking all the steps we can to remove this additional threat to their existence.

What can you do to reduce plastic pollution?

“First off, we need to realise that littering, that plastic pollution of the oceans, is not normal. It’s everyone’s responsibility to not only dispose of waste properly, but also to reduce litter at the source by reducing use in the first place.

“Instead of using disposable plastic bags for shopping, bring your own reusable bag for shopping. Say no to single use bags and say yes to reusable shopping bags!

“Instead of buying bottles of water, bring your own reusable bottle for filling up with water. And don’t forget that Greenrock has six Hydration Stations throughout the City of Hamilton that you can fill up with clean drinking water [visit our site here to learn more about our Hydration Stations]!

“At a restaurant ordering a drink? Make sure you insist on no plastic straws! As innocent as they may look, plastic straws are one of the most common sources of plastic pollution in the sea.”

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World Oceans Day: Canada announces a new marine protected area

The Government of Canada has designated St. Anns Bank, located to the east of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, as a marine protected area (MPA) under the Oceans Act. The designation is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to developing a national network of MPAs and to reaching its domestic and international marine conservation targets.

The St. Anns Bank MPA has many ecologically and biologically significant features including unique habitats, areas of high biodiversity and biological productivity, and is home to endangered and threatened marine species. Its ecosystem provides an important habitat for commercial and non-commercial fishery resources, such as the Atlantic wolffish, Atlantic cod, redfish, white hake, witch flounder, as well as sponges and sea pens. It is also an important summer feeding area for the endangered leatherback turtle. 

The aim of this MPA is to conserve and protect this important ecosystem. Therefore, the MPA prohibits activities that compromise this conservation objective, such as fishing with mobile bottom-contacting fishing gear.

The Regulations establish four management zones, where current lower risk activities are permitted. Together these zones balance the conservation and protection of biological diversity, habitat and biological productivity of the St. Anns Bank area while ensuring the continued access of existing local fisheries. The zoning provides varying levels of protection within the MPA, offering the most stringent protection to areas that need it most. The Core Protection Zone is the largest area (approximately 3,308 km2 in size) and most human activities are limited within this area. The other three zones are designed to accommodate certain activities that are compatible with the conservation objectives of the MPA.

The MPA includes Scatarie Bank, most of St. Anns Bank, and part of the western edge of the Laurentian Slope and Channel. This MPA provides protection to an additional 4,364 km2 of Canada’s oceans and ensures the long-term protection of this unique and productive ecosystem. 

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WORLD OCEANS DAY: James Cameron, the Avatar Alliance Foundation and Partners Collaborate on Zoe Saldana-Narrated "What Would the Ocean Say?"

NEW YORK, June 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Presented by filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron and the Avatar Alliance Foundation, "What Would the Ocean Say?" debuted at the United Nations in the Hall of the General Assembly to mark the occasion of World Oceans Day on June 8th as part of the programming for the first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference, which came to a close yesterday. Distributed online by National Geographic, the short film is narrated by Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy actress Zoe Saldana and features stunning ocean imagery generously donated by some of the world's preeminent marine documentarians.

The short film outlines the significant challenges the world's oceans face: global warming, plastic pollution, overfishing, ocean acidification and more. But it also introduces a new generation of ocean activists—researchers, conservationists, teachers, filmmakers—working on the front lines to protect and preserve the planet's critical resource. 

Following the film's debut at the UN, a second segment aired that featured eight young leaders focused on ocean science, education and conservation and associated with National Geographic, The Explorers Club, OpenROV — OpenExplorer and The Resolution Project. Consistent with the themes of the UN Ocean Conference, which was aimed at achieving Sustainable Goal 14, the "Ocean Goal," this next generation of ocean champions underscored the need to take action on oceans through a collective statement: "If not me, then who? If not now, then when? It starts here. It starts now." 

The film is executive produced by James Cameron and Maria Wilhelm and was made possible by collaboration from contributors: Oceans, a Jacques Perrin and Galatée Films production; Planet Ocean, a Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot film; March of the Penguins by Bonne Pioche Productions and Luc Jacquet; MacGillivray Freeman Films; Alucia Productions; National Geographic; Howard Hall Productions; Dave Hannan; the Plastic Oceans Foundation; Years of Living Dangerously; TBA21-Academy.

The following list of institutions additionally supported the production: Disneynature; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; The Explorers Club; OpenROV – OpenExplorer; The Resolution Project. 

The short film can be accessed here

SOURCE Avatar Alliance Foundation

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