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World Oceans Day Oregon Beachwalk
Muriel Ponsler State Memorial Scenic Viewpoint
World Oceans Day Oregon Beachwalk

This is World Oceans Day, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition andCoastWatch is joining the international celebration by hosting a special beachwalk and marine debris cleanup.  CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer will meet all comers (everyone is welcome) at the Muriel Ponsler wayside parking lot (between Heceta Head and Cape Perpetua).  Walk starts at 9 a.m., and will last until about 11 a.m.  The event is free.

Fawn will lead a guided beachwalk that will feature the natural history of the driftline.  She will also explain the basics of monitoring a CoastWatch mile.  She will describe the marine debris survey CoastWatch conducts, using a NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) protocol that produces real science-quality data, and participants will learn how to conduct the survey and at the same time clean the beach of marine debris.

This is the perfect way to honor World Oceans Day—cleaning up our edge of the sea and learning about how to do our share to exercise stewardship over the shoreline.  For more information about the event or about monitoring the shore for CoastWatch, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027.

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World Oceans Day Pacific Whale

World Oceans Day is a global day of conservation and collaboration to protect the world’s oceans. You can get a head start on the June 8 celebration by participating in Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) activities leading up to and after World Oceans Day.

On Wednesday, June 7, join us on a FREE guided coral reef snorkel tour and fish survey off the coast of Olowalu. Departing at 12:30pm from Ma'alaea Harbor (check-in by 12:00pm), participants will receive an instructional briefing as well as snorkel gear and survey materials.

Registration in advance is required and capacity is limited. Please email events@pacificwhale.org and provide your name, email, phone number, address, any previous snorkeling experience, and brief statement of interest in participating. We'll send a reply email with further details.

Our goal is to conduct this survey on an annual basis, as we do with our Great Whale Count, in order to examine fish population and distribution over time at this location. We're also excited that volunteers from Dell Inc. will be working with us, along with keiki in our Summer Ocean Camp, to help clean up the beach at Olowalu on Wednesday. 

If you have a favorite beach you’d like to clean up for World Oceans Day, or on your own schedule, stop by PWF's offices in Ma'alaea to pick up a free volunteer kit, including gloves, trash bags, instructions and data sheets. The data you collect will help our researchers monitor marine debris along Maui's coastline. Plus, you’ll get a free canvas tote when you return.

You can also enjoy a "Whale of a Sale" at our Ocean Store in the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops and at 612 Front Street in Lahaina. Selected merchandise is 50% off or buy one get one free. Some items are priced as low as one dollar! These special offers are available now through World Oceans Day. All Ocean Store purchases support Pacific Whale Foundation's research, education and conservation programs.

The theme for this year's World Oceans Day is “Our Oceans, Our Future” and focuses on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and marine debris. Pacific Whale Foundation has been at the vanguard of this issue for many years. We routinely collect and monitor marine debris as part of our research and conservation projects. We also provide year-round volunteer opportunities to those interested in protecting Maui's natural resources. Recently, PWF was awarded a grant by the NOAA Marine Debris Program to help educate the community about keeping Maui's beaches and parks free of tobacco litter.

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World Oceans Day Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Happy #WorldOceansDay! World Oceans Day is an annual celebration to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. Despite the challenges they face, by working together we can support a healthy ocean that is able to sustainably provide for the billions of humans, plants, and animals that depend on it every day. #ItsScienceMiami

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World Oceans Day Photo/Essay Contest for grades 7-12

This is a joint effort of the World Oceans Day Planning Committee (consisting federal and provincial departments, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society of Canada, the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union, the Marine Marine Institute and World Wildlife Fund Canada). Prizes are awarded in two categories (grades 7-9 and 10-12). Submissions will be a photo-essay or a five minute video that demonstrates how they are an Ocean Hero. Submissions will be displayed at the World Oceans Day Event held in St. John’s on June 3rd.

 

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World Oceans Day Photography Competition

Today is World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate life beneath the waves, to reflect on how much we depend on the oceans, and take action to protect our seas. Sea World invited secondary school students to capture the beauty of the oceans through a photography competition and we’re delighted to show you our finalists entries and announce our winners. 

Congratulations to our winners Stuart D. from Kings Christian College for the Ocean Landscapes category and Tayla S. from All Saints Anglican School for the Ocean Creatures category. Thank you, also, to all the other entrants for your beautiful photos. This Saturday, help us celebrate World Oceans Day at Sea World! Visit Shark Bay to see the amazing student photography display, take a Selfie for the Sea and contribute to our World Oceans Day Community Mural.

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World Oceans Day Plan4TheLand

Happy World #oceans Day

Our oceans, Our future 

#worldoceansday

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World Oceans Day Pledge
Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
World Oceans Day Pledge

This #WorldOceansDay, we will pledge to protect the ocean for future generations. Will you join us?

These children are making the #MyOceanPledge from Península ValdésUNESCO Marine #WorldHeritage site:

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World Oceans Day Poetry Competition
National Aquarium of New Zealand
World Oceans Day Poetry Competition

It’s time to put your best poems forward for the 2017 World Oceans Day Poetry Competition, which closes at 4pm Friday 19 May.

The theme for the competition is Healthy Seas Healthy People – Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata, the same as the nationwide Seaweek, which ran from 25 February to 5 March. 

There are five categories to choose from; primary, intermediate and secondary school age, adult, and Te Reo, which is open to all ages.

Winners will be announced at the Poetry Reading Evening on June 8, World Oceans Day.  Prizes and certificates will be awarded for each category.

 

 

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World Oceans Day pub quiz

The Marine Conservation Society will be holding a talk at Akva bar in Edinburgh at 7pm on the 6th of June to talk about the amazing creatures that live in our seas and what we can all do to help them. At the end of the talk Akva will be launching their own Straw Campaign to help reduce the amount of single use plastic that is ending up in our seas and on our beaches.

 

To celebrate we will then be holding a marine themed pub quiz at 8pm - all free and will test your newly found marine based knowledge :)

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World Oceans Day quiz

June 8th is World Oceans day, a day to celebrate and learn more about the oceans that cover 71% of our planet, and contain roughly 97% of the Earths water supply. This year, why not delve into the depths of our marine research, and see how much you know!

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World Oceans Day Radio Feature

CORNER BROOK CAFÉ RADIO with guest speakers will be hosting a 1 hour long session highlighting World Ocean Day activities and the week-long celebrations on the west coast of Newfoundland.

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World Oceans Day Rally In Victoria (Australia)

We are holding a rally in Melbourne to celebrate World Oceans Day and demand action on marine plastic pollution. 

On this day, the report from the parliamentary inquiry into Nina Springle's Bill to ban plastic bags, microbeads and excessive grocery packaging will be handed down. 

We will voice our frustration about the lack of concise action on plastic bags in particular - as they are one of the most prolific and problematic items ailing our oceans. 

We will be handing over an open letter to the Victorian Premier asking for a strong position on turning the tide on marine plastic pollution before the next Meeting of the Environment Ministers at the end of June. 

For more information, please check out Nina Springle's briefing paper here: http://plasticfreesea.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2016/05/plastic_legislation_brief.pdf 

Join us in unity on the steps of Parliament House for a rally to Ban Plastic Bags, Microbeads and Excessive Plastic Packaging.

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World Oceans Day SEA Life Blackpool

World Environment Day and World Oceans Day

The first week of June brings together the protection of both our environment and our oceans, with World Environment Day taking place on 5th June, and World Oceans Day taking place on 8th June. It’s a chance for everyone to show their support for the beauty of our environment, the freshness of our oceans, and the significance of our world’s nature.

Taking care of our natural environment has a huge impact on the safety of marine life and all things weird and wonderful in the deep blue sea. Here at SEA LIFE Blackpool, we are committed to protecting creatures from above and beneath the surface, and we work with various associations to help keep our environment and oceans as safe as possible.

Beach Cleans

Taking care of our environment is imperative, because it affects every aspect of life and directly impacts the safety of all species. 

We’ve joined forces with several different associations for our monthly beach cleans, where we work together to keep Blackpool’s shorelines tidy. Plastic litter and rubbish finds its way onto our beaches and into our oceans, causing a big threat to our environment and marine creatures.

We always aim high to help tackle any issues that pose a threat to our environment and our oceans. Plastic pollution can seriously harm our marine life, because it can choke, poison, and entangle our creatures. It is estimated that a staggering 26 million tonnes of plastic pollution makes its way into our oceans each year.

If you want to help us keep our beaches clean and save our marine life, our next beach clean is on Saturday 17th June. We hope to see you there!

Reducing Plastic Litter

We work closely with our partner SEA LIFE Trust to help globally reduce the amount of plastic litter that is entering our oceans. This is just one of the ways we dedicate our commitment to the conservation of marine wildlife and the environment.

Here are some things you can do to support our project to reduce plastic litter:

  1. Try not to use new plastic bags every time you go shopping, instead use a reusable bag or bag-for-life instead.
  2. Say no to plastic straws!
  3. Reduce your use of plastic, reuse any plastic materials wherever possible, and recycle as much as you can.
  4. Start using reusable bottles and cups for your everyday drinks.
  5. Stand up to manufacturers! Keep an eye out for excess packaging of products, and don’t be afraid to steer clear of them to help reduce the amount of packaging waste.

Protecting Habitats

Less than 2% of our oceans are currently being protected. Without protection, the homes of hundreds of different species are under threat.

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) limit activities in sensitive habitat areas, to ensure that the ocean’s marine life has every chance of surviving. MPAs are also beneficial in giving fish safe places to live – where they can replenish their numbers; this in turn helps to combat issues such as overfishing.

Some of our most beautiful underwater environments are quickly diminishing. In fact, the coral reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans are disappearing faster than the rainforest, highlighting just how important it is to protect the ocean’s habitats.

Breed, Rescue, Protect

Our expert staff are passionate about providing care and conservation to the marvels of marine life. To carry on sharing the wonders and the beauty of the oceans with you, we have developed the system of BREED, RESCUE, PROTECT

Breed. To help conserve endangered species, we have put in place a breeding system to ensure that sensitive creatures are safe from extinction. Ourseahorse success story has seen nine different species of seahorse bred and conserved. Our breeding programmes do not rely on external sources, meaning that no seahorses have be taken from the wild on our behalf, and in the future we may be able to use our breeding programme to resupply the wild if seahorses are in danger of becoming extinct.

Our breeding programmes don’t stop there: we have programmes for sharks, rays, and coral reefs.

Rescue. At SEA LIFE Blackpool, we support The Big Fish Campaign to help educate our visitors on home aquariums. You will be surprised at how quickly some species outgrow a small tank, and in our Rainforest Area some of the biggest fish and turtles have been rescued from outgrowing a homeowner's tank. The Big Fish Campaign endeavours to promote responsible selling and buying of larger species, and to raise awareness of the importance of a safe home for fish of all shapes and sizes. 

Protect. We want to motivate people to help protect our environment and our oceans. We completed a 119-mile sponsored row to help raise funds for Manx Basking Shark Watch. The row raised £2,000, and donating it to the shark conservation allowed us to put a satellite tag on one of the sharks. Shark-tagging helps us to understand how habitat changes may affect the lives of sharks, and how different shark species react to different shapes underwater. This research helps us understand and monitor the movement of sharks, so we can continue to protect this species of shark for generations to come.  

SEA LIFE Trust

We work closely with our partner charity, SEA LIFE Trust, on several various trust causes. From combating overfishing to protecting seahorses and safeguarding turtles, we are devoted to protecting our environment and the wonders of the world’s oceans.

Working with Whale & Dolphin Conservation (WDC), 105,990 people signed the petition to WIPE OUT WHALING. This is just one example of the many successes we have had working alongside SEA LIFE Trust.

World Environment Day and World Ocean Day bring us together to raise awareness and be proactive in caring for our environment and oceans. If you would like to work alongside us, support our work, or simply find out more information, you can follow us on Twitter (@SEALIFEcentre) and find us on Facebook. Don’t forget to have a look at our beautiful creatures on Instagram either.  

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World Oceans Day SEA LIFE Grapevine
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
World Oceans Day SEA LIFE Grapevine

To end our World Ocean's Day celebration we have Javier the Aquarist telling us about why recycling is so important for our Ocean!

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World Oceans Day SEA LIFE Melbourne
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
World Oceans Day SEA LIFE Melbourne

Today, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium celebrated World Oceans Day to raise awareness about a very important cause, reducing single-use plastic.

The Penguin Playground and Oceanarium residents received a special feed, as the keepers showed their love with heart-shaped tasty treats and some favourite snacks to help educate the public on what marine wildlife should and should not be eating.

Australians discard more than 9.67 billion pieces of single-use plastic each year a lot of which ends up in the oceans and mistakenly ingested by wildlife. Considering it can take up to 1000 years to decompose one plastic bag, this issue is epidemic in Australia and needs to be improved.

The new research undertaken by SEA LIFE’s charity, SEA LIFE Trust found coffee cups, plastic bags, straws and single-use bottles to be the main plastic culprits, with the alarming statistics indicating the amount of these items outnumber the country’s population by 400 per cent. 

Coffee cups and plastic bags alone lined up, end-to-end, extend a whopping 1.47 million kilometres - enough to take us to the moon more than three times. 

This World Oceans Day, SEA LIFE ANZ and the SEA LIFE Trust is aiming to raise awareness of Australia’s plastic plight, encouraging Australians to re-think the way they consume single-use plastic. 

“SEA LIFE Melbourne are proud supporters of the Responsible Cafes program that aims to lower the use of disposable coffee cups, we have banned plastic bags and switched to paper straws to help lower the amount of single-use plastic at the attraction,” explained Brianna Lang, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarist. 

“We encourage everyone to get on–board and reduce their consumption of single-use plastic as its effect on wildlife can be extremely damaging. For example, plastic bags and deflated balloons are often mistaken as jellyfish and consumed by Sea turtles and marine birds.”

When it comes to single-use plastic consumption per item, plastic bags are in the lead with New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia using a whopping 3.3 billion bags per year. Unfortunately, many of these bags end up in our oceans, harming marine life. 

Coming in second, Australia’s coffee addiction has taken us around the globe a staggering seven times – with more than 2.6 billion coffee cups thrown into waste each year. Straws and single-use bottle consumption follow closely with 2.47 billion and 1.3 billion pieces of each item, respectively, making their way into landfill. 

World Oceans Day, the United Nations-recognised day of ocean celebration and action, is held annually on June 8, to do your part for the ocean and celebrate World Oceans Day try minimising your single-use plastic consumption or joining in on a beach clean in your local area. To find out more ways you can support the marine animals cause visit SEA LIFE Melbourne and take part in one of the educational talks held daily.

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World Oceans Day SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium
SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium
World Oceans Day SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium

World Oceans Day is June 8. To promote the prevention of plastic ocean pollution, we're collecting plastic bags at our Admissions Desk. Guests who bring in their plastic bags will receive a free reusable tote, June 5-11.

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World Oceans Day Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
World Oceans Day Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Created in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Oceans Day is the perfect time to learn how to protect the 71 percent of our planet that’s blue. Come get empowered to make a lasting difference for the future. Take the “Better Bag Challenge” and decorate/make a reusable tote bag. Make an ocean promise and create a special ocean-themed craft. World Oceans Day is celebrated on June 8 each year.

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World Ocean's Day shoreline clean up!
Quarterdeck Club at Bitter End Yacht Club
World Ocean's Day shoreline clean up!

Come and join us at the Bitter End Yacht Club, (North Sound, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Island) for the World Ocean Day on 8 June.

The Quarterdeck Club, BEYC Watersports and Sunchaser Scuba are teaming up for a fun filled afternoon of snorkeling, diving and walking along the shoreline of the Bitter End Yacht Club's property to collect, sort and dispose of any debris we can find.

From 2 pm until 4 pm, we will do a shoreline land and underwater, snorkel and dive clean up. Come and join us and help us to get rid of debris littering the ocean floor and beautiful beaches.

After an amazing afternoon of collecting, sorting and disposing we would like to invite you for a cocktail party and award ceremony.

Sign up today and help us make our ocean and our world a cleaner place!

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World Oceans Day Sitka National Historical Park
Sitka National Historical Park
World Oceans Day Sitka National Historical Park

Today is World Oceans Day! About 70% of our planet is covered by ocean, but less than 5% of the it has been explored. While there's still a lot we don't know about the ocean, we do know that it is an important and irreplaceable resource for the entire world - providing seafood, helping regulate global climate and much more. At Sitka National Historical Park, we have an amazing tidal flat right outside our visitor center, looking out over Sitka Sound and the Pacific Ocean. How will you be celebrating our oceans today?

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World Oceans Day Special: Sharkwater!
The Griya Villas and Spa
World Oceans Day Special: Sharkwater!

* * * SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT * * *

Next Thursday, June 8, we celebrate World Oceans Day. This is a day to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans.

Even though it’s not a scheduled movie night day, our Team just decided we wanted to do our part in raising awareness regarding our oceans. Especially since - here in Amed - we all live right by the ocean. 

We are excited to announce the screening of the much acclaimed documentary, SHARKWATER, by Director Rob Stewart. 

Stewart won 38 international awards for Sharkwater. Rob however sadly and abruptly passed away last January, on a dive, while filming the sequel of Sharkwater called "Sharkwater: Extinction". 

This special screening is also our way to pay tribute to Rob’s incredible work and legacy.

Driven by passion fed from a life-long fascination with sharks, Stewart - in this exceptional documentary - debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas.

More about Skarkwater and Rob Steward here: 
http://www.sharkwater.com/index.php/shark-education/rob-stewart-biography/
http://www.robstewartphotography.com/

More about world Oceans Day:  http://www.worldoceansday.org/

Here’s the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5fObF_CCYc

Join us for this exceptional screening, next Thursday, on June 8th, at 8pm. Seats available as of 7pm. Be kindly invite you to be ontime, we only have 40 seats available.

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