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BEACON HILL PARK Shoreline Cleanup

Saturday June 3,10:00 a.m Meet Marcella at the tallest totem pole. Gloves will be provided. Goals: Save Marine Animals -  Meet like minded people - Enjoy nature - Create awareness about the trash left on shorelines. Area: Along Dallas Rd from Douglas St to Cook St. Including Steve Fonyo Beach.

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Belize World Oceans Day Activities

In celebration of World Oceans Day 2017, Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) is hosting a series of activities on June 8, 2017 at several preschools across Belize City from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

With the theme this year, "Our Oceans, Our Future," CZMAI is joining with hundreds of organizations and millions of individuals from around the world who will recognize this special day for ocean awareness and action. The activities will focus on educating Belize's children about the importance of our oceans, seas and other water bodies and what they can do to help to reduce pollution. 


Staff from CZMA's administrative and technical programs which include: Coastal Planning, Water Quality Monitoring, Coastal and Marine Data Centre, and Sport Fishing will engage the preschoolers through short videos, books and creative arts centered on the "Oceans" theme. By doing this, CZMAI intends to create an early impression on our children, thereby instilling a care for all marine life and habitats.


World Oceans Day is officially recognized by the United Nations, and has become an annual celebration on 8 June, as well as a call for ocean conservation action throughout the year. Promoted and coordinated by The Ocean Project since 2002, in partnership with a network of diverse organizations, the effort has expanded to over 100 countries. World Oceans Day brings together aquariums, zoos, museums, schools and universities, businesses, organizations and other groups, including divers, surfers, sailors, communities of faith, governments, the maritime industry and the tourism and recreational industry.

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Berkeley Screening: Freightened

The Explorers' Club Northern California Chapter and the International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) are teaming up for an East Bay screening of Freightened: The Real Cost of Shipping, in observation of World Oceans Day. Join us on the campus of UC Berkeley on Sunday, June 11 at 4:30 pm!

Sunday, June 11
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Doors open at 4:00
UC Berkeley - Warren Room, Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA | Map
General admission: $12 (+ $1.65 fee) | UC Berkeley students: $5 (+ $1.27 fee)
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Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping
Denis Delestrac, 2016, 52 min

Ninety percent of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilization; without it, it would be impossible to fulfill the ever-increasing demands of our societies. Yet the functioning and regulations of this business remain largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all. Taking us on a journey over seas and oceans, Freightened reveals in an audacious investigation the many faces of world-wide freight shipping and sheds light on the consequences of an all-but-visible industry.

Produced by Polar Star Films | Coproduced by La Compagnie des Taxi-Brousse


Denis Delestrac is the award-winning filmmaker of Freightened as well as Sand Wars, Pax Americana, Banking Nature, and the IMAX films Mystery of the Nile and Arabia. Denis has worked as a photojournalist, staff writer, and managing editor for several daily and monthly publications in the U.S., France (Le Monde), and Spain. He also co-wrote the book "The Future Society" with intellectual Noam Chomsky.

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Better Bag Challenge
Rocky Harbour
Better Bag Challenge

As part of the International Better Bag Challenge (commit to the use of reusable bags instead of disposable for a year), 2-3 local grocery stores will be supplied with reusable bags to be handed out on June 8th.

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Between Land And Sea: Excursion Along The Coast And Scientific Cocktail

At 5pm, a guided excursion along the beach of Casalborsetti (RA) together with Francesca Alvisi, geologist of the CNR-ISMAR of Bologna, and Simone D'Acunto, biologist of Cestha Association, to talk about the recent evolution of the Emilia Romagna costal area, a fragile territory between land and sea, nature and culture, human intervention and natural evolution. At 6,30pm the Proloco of Casalborsetti, the local associations for promoting and developing the territory (http://casalborsetti.eu/?lang=en), will offer to the participants a cocktail with local products at "km 0".

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Between Land And Sea: Step By Step...
Lega Navale Italiana - Sezione di Ravenna
Between Land And Sea: Step By Step...

At Marina di Ravenna from 10am to 13am, the Cestha Association organizes an awareness raising event that includes a dive to document a "nursery" system for some marine species at risk and to follow the release of some young cuttlefish and other inhabitants of the sea rescued form the fishing nets by a group of children embarked on the sailboats of the LNI - Ravenna Section. At the same time, for those who will stay on land, at the old Fish Market of Marina di Ravenna workshops for children and adults will be set up to discover tiny shells that populate our seas, the Italian seas and their cousins ​​far and close in collaboration with the CNR-ISMAR, and to learn to realize the main maritime nodes by LNI - Ravenna Section. At 5pm the activities will move to Casalborsetti (RA) with a guided hike along the beach to talk about the coastline evolution in the company of CNR-ISMAR and Cestha experts. Then at 6.30pm, a scientific appetizer to enjoy the wild mussels of Ravenna, a pearl of gastronomy at km 0, in the company of experts, will close the day.

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Between Land And Sea: The Ocean At Ferrara

At Ferrara, at the small lake inside the Parco Urbano from 10am to 6pm, the local Italian Naval League Delegation organises workshops and practical activities for all curious and passionate citizens in collaboration with several partners: on basic sailing principles with the Italian Sailing Federation, on the main nodes with its associates, on underwater diving techniques with the Ferrarese Underwater Group, on the use of the canoe in calm waters with CUS Ferrara Canottaggio, on the quality and characteristics of marine water and organisms with the DIDO Cultural Association.
In the evening starting from 9pm, at the Civic Museum of Natural History, a scientific conference will be held by CNR-ISMAR experts illustrated also by an exhibition of historical maps of the Po Delta. A special chance to talk about the evolution of a territory lying between land and sea.

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Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals

Exhibition of work by artist Mandy Barker.

Plankton form a diverse group of microscopic marine organisms living in the water column, not able to swim against the current; they exist in a drifting, floating, state.

In this series of work, unique ‘specimens’ of this animal species relate to the pioneering discoveries made by the marine biologist John Vaughn Thompson in Cobh, Cork harbour during the 1800’s.

Current scientific research has found that plankton ingest micro plastic particles, mistaking them for food, and at the base of the food chain they are themselves a crucial source of food for many larger creatures. The potential impact on marine life and ultimately humankind itself is currently of vital concern. In terms of plankton, and of action, we are ‘Beyond Drifting’, and must bring into focus these ‘Imperfectly Known Animals’.

The work is presented as a science book from the 1800’s, that, as well as reflecting the current situation regarding the organisms’ intake of plastic, also subtly includes the original writing, descriptions, and figures recorded by Thompson in his research memoirs of 1830, entitled, ‘Imperfectly Known Animals’. The book uniquely captures our changing times along with both past and present research. Supported by Cork County Council.

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Galway Docks

Galway Bay Inshore Fishermen #2minutepierclean and #2 minutebeachclean. They plan to adopt a Galway Golden Mile from the Docks towards Renmore.

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Ballyglass Pier

BIM and Erris Inshore men will conduct a #2minutepierclean and #2 minutebeachclean , #BIMWhyKnot?  in Ballyglass Belmullet. The Crab fishery is important to this remote but beautiful part of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Erris fishermen want to join the #BIMWhy Knot? to help turn the tide on Marine Litter  

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Biorock Eco Snorkelling
Gili Eco Trust 'Eco Shop'
Biorock Eco Snorkelling

Come and explore our unique and magnificent underwater world and snorkel amongst the biggest Biorock reef in the world!

Our Biorock reefs are home to many different fish, coral and turtle species and with the Biorock structures being powered by a small electrical current - the corals benefit with boosted growth and high resilience to temperatures and bleaching. See if you can find the dolphin Biorock, the manta reef and Spongebob Squarepants' pineapple house among many more hidden in the shallow reefs of Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.

After almost a decade of the decline in dynamite fishing, our reefs continue to be anchored, over fished and damaged by tourists. So we invite you to learn how to become a responsible tourist, an eco warrior and a guardian of the reefs!

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17 year old young poet S. NIVETHA in her Blog https://nivethalive.wordpress.com has posted her poem titled BLUE WATERS underlying the need for keeping the ocean safe.

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Blue Drinks
WeWork Culver City
Blue Drinks

Join the 5 Gyres Institute for a FREE Blue Drinks Happy Hour in celebration of World Oceans Day on Thursday, June 8th from 6 to 8 p.m. at WeWork Culver City (5792 W Jefferson Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90016).

Watch the short documentary The Smog Of The Sea, directed by Ian Cheney and produced by Jack Johnson, which chronicles 5 Gyres' 2015 SEA Change Expedition through the Sargasso Sea to research plastic pollution.

Light appetizers and drinks will be provided—please remember to BYOcup (or peruse their merchandise) as this will be a #plasticfree event!

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Blue Drinks with Sherpani

Come and join us on Thursday June 8th, it's World Oceans Day and we are co-hosting an event with The Colorado Oceans Coalition and Sherpani to help our mother earth's oceans!

If you can't join us you can still help! Used code: Blue20 for 20% off your next purchase + we will match that with donating 20% of all proceeds to The Colorado Oceans Coalition to help save our oceans.

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Blue Packaging Project
Sala d'Actes Museu Marítim de Barcelona
Blue Packaging Project

The initiative is related on reducing and preventing packaging waste at the source,
from the producer to the consumer, giving the opportunity to use new biobased fishing boxes.
The initiative wants to :
1. Raise awareness of both the public and institutions concerning the sources and consequences of plastic
pollution in particular in the fishing sector.
2. Support the implementation of regulations concerning plastic, in particular in the municipalities involved in the
initiative in order to organise a correct waste management and reduce waste transforming packaging in
3. Generate synergy between the various players involved in “plastic” in order to facilitate the implementation of
concrete solutions to combat plastic pollution, in particular showing the opportunity to use new biodegradable
4. Arise awareness and involvement of sea users (wholesalers, sea food industries, local communities, waste
management companies, etc.) to limit the use of plastic in their activities (fishing, aquaculture, selling, waste
5. Disseminating and deploying the innovations in the packaging sector in order to limit the production and the
use of plastic in the marine field.

Organisation of 2 workshops in order to raise awareness concerning plastic pollution among the local stakeholders
1. Workshop City of Martinsicuro (TE) (Abruzzo Region) Small scale fishery market City Hall 19th May 2017  16.30
2. Workshop in Barcellona (Spain)  30 June 2017 (Sala d'Actes Museu Marítim de Barcelona 11.00 )
During the workshops where will be involved all the stakeholders (municipalities, stakeholders, waste management
company, sea food wholesalers, etc) will be illustrated the following arguments:
 The marine litter and the pastic pollution problem.
 The environmental impact of the use of plastic in fishing and aquaculture activities.
 The solutions available for reducing plastic in the sea and on the coast line.
During the workshops will be developed charters with local authorities in order to involve them in the fight against
plastic pollution, henancing the importance of partnerships with economic players involved in packaging and waste

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Blue Solutions Market Place
Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations
Blue Solutions Market Place

Blue Solutions Market Place -Learning from each other’s experiences

Side Event during the UN Ocean Conference


Thursday, 8 June 2017, 1:15–2:45 p.m. in the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations

871 United Nations Plaza (First Avenue & 49th Street)

Lunch buffet provided 


Let’s stop reinventing the wheel but share our experiences and exchange knowledge to better manage and conserve our ocean and its resources.

This side event will provide background on the Blue Solutions Initiative (www.bluesolutions.info) and its approach of sharing and facilitating a re-adaption of success stories (“solutions”) in new contexts. Practitioners, who have used this approach and re-adapted existing solutions, share insights on how this process took place with an example form the Seychelles. Providers of solution examples present their cases and discuss with others seeking inspiration on how certain key elements could be transferred from one context to another. Concrete examples are contributed from Australia, Brazil and vVietnam. In a plenary discussion, different views on the approach and its implementation will be discussed, and supporters pledge their contribution to the implementation of solution examples in new settings.

Confirmed contributors to this side event:

  • Nirmal Shah, Nature Seychelles
  • Larissa Godoy, Ministry of Environment of Brazil
  • Nguyen Binh Minh, Vietnam Administration for Seas and Islands
  • Jon Day, James Cook University Australia (virtually)
  • Cathy Demesa, Network of Sustainable Livelihoods Catalysts, Inc. and co-coordinator of Philippines Ecosystems Alliance
  • Mark Spalding, Ocean Foundation

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Bonne Bay Marine Station Celebration
Bonnie Bay Marine Station
Bonne Bay Marine Station Celebration

Happy World Oceans Day! We've been celebrating today by hanging out with our marine friends. Here's Mélanie sporting our new BBMS hoodies. Come pick one up and celebrate the sea with us!

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Breathe invites you to join us to the debut screening of "A Plastic Ocean"

Breathe, a foundation created by local Durban physio and ex-competitve swimmer Sarah Ferguson, has been created to raise awareness and education on conservation for the earth, with a strong focus on ocean pollution.

Sarah will attempt to be the first African lady to swim a 42km open water swim in Hawaii in July.  

See Sarah’s website for her story and all the information : www.sarahferguson.co.za.

We are very excited to be able to screen the documentary - as well as partner with our hosts "Afro's" - a local home grown eatery, is keen and eager to support Breathe in the removal of plastic.  

The "Golden Mile" is Durban - a long stretch of beach, with great surf, and is hugely popular with runners, walkers, cyclists, swimmers, paddlers, divers - we love our ocean!

South Africa is a developing country that desperately needs to raise awareness and educate our inhabitants to understand what happens to the litter they drop and appreciate what that litter then does to the surrounding rivers and sea.  Breathe intend on making this happen!  Breathe will focus on connecting and collabarating with local initiatives, as well as empower, incentivise and enable local communities, to take action, change the mindset, and be proud of the result.

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Burleigh Beach March
Burleigh Beach
Burleigh Beach March

Bye Bye Plastic Bags Australia will be hosting a beach march held at Burleigh beach on the 4th of June. We will have banners, posters, and a plastic bag costume for people to wear. It will be relaxed, and a great way for us to get noticed by the public, and to spread the word about World Oceans Day. 

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Burrard Inlet Cleanup at Portside Park

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 12:00, Meet at Crab Park, Sponsored by Parsable & Relic Entertainment wear leather padded gloves for protection. Estera is the organizer.

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