World Oceans Day Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:47:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Submit your activity to the booklet Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:09:19 +0000 0 New posters and graphics Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:28:30 +0000 0 2015 Timeline – resource release schedule Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:41:53 +0000 0 New Year’s Resolution: less disposable plastic Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:38:18 +0000 0 Aquariums worldwide ❤ oceans Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:58:08 +0000 0 Ocean Myths Debunked Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:53:06 +0000

To lots of people, the ocean is huge and mysterious. There’s a lot of rumors circulating – do you believe everything you’ve heard about the ocean? Stem the tide of misinformation with these myth busters:

Myth: There are huge islands of plastic trash in the open ocean

Truth: Yes, there is a lot of trash in the oceans, but when you’re out in the middle of the ocean plasticocean, the most harmful trash is what you don’t see. Over 95% of the plastic inside ocean gyres, has been degraded into pieces that are smaller than a grain of rice. You wouldn’t even notice the plastic pieces if you were swimming in the ocean.

The pieces are so small that animals often swallow them without noticing. This can have harmful effects to their digestive system since these fish, birds and turtles can’t digest them and so feel full without getting any nourishment.

Surprisingly, even these rice-grain sized pieces of plastic are still not nearly as harmful as mircoplastics, which can only be seen under a microscope and are small enough to be absorbed into the blood stream of organisms and alter their hormone systems. Most micro plastics come from small nylon strands in washing machine run-off.

 Myth: Sharks are vicious man-eatersSOSF-sharkfinning_infographic

Truth: Movies like Jaws often portray sharks as being vicious, human-hungry killers. In reality, sharks, like most fish, are quite shy and usually swim away from divers and swimmers when they do encounter us. Sharks are also curious, they are intrigued by us, so when they do approach a person they are merely investigating a novelty.

When sharks do kill people, it’s usually surfers who fall victim to these attacks, since surfboards can look like a seal (a delicacy for sharks) from below. Even with these instances, sharks only kill about 10 people per year, in fact you’re more likely to be killed by a falling vending machine than by a shark. While sharks only kill a few of us, it is estimated that we kill about 100 million of them every year.

Myth: The ocean provides us with seafood, and that’s about it

Truth: Seafood is critically important – 1 billion people depend on seafood as their primary source of protein, most of whom also depend on seafood as their main source of income – but the oceans give us so much more than just food:

Oceans produce 50% of our oxygen – Every second breath you take is thanks to the oceans, they are literally giving you life.

Oceans absorb 26% of our Carbon Dioxide emissions – That’s 2.5 billion tons of Carbon Dioxide, which is more than double the US emissions from cars each year.

Oceans control our weather and keep us warm – Europe is much further north than the US but has much warmer climates thanks to the warm Gulf Stream flowing reaching western Europe.


Banner image from Shutterstock

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Aquariums ❤ Oceans: 2014 celebrations Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:16:34 +0000 0 How to save the Oceans from Inland Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:59:25 +0000

Do you feel passionate about oceans and nature, but never quite know how to make a difference in their conservation efforts? Do you live inland and don’t think your actions could affect the coast and the oceans? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, read on for just a few ways you can help save the oceans even if you live far away from the coast.

Realize that you DO make a difference.

You DO make a difference, this is the most important thing to always keep in mind. Just by sharing a fact you learned about your favorite marine animal and the ecosystem it lives in and showing people how all their small decisions can impact the environment, you make a big difference. Lead by example and never stop teaching those around you. Keep this in mind for each of the following points.

Recycle and reuse your plastic beach trash

Bottle lids and plastic bottles make up the second and third most common type of trash found on beaches. Even if you don’t live near a beach or have never seen a beach, you can make a difference and help keep our shore clean of debris like bottles that can cause serious harm to birds and other marine life.

Recycle plastic bags, wrappers, food containers, plastic cutlery and cups and try to reuse your plastic bottles as often as possible, before recycling those too. This not only reduces the chances of plastics ending up on the coasts through rivers and streams, but it also reduces our demand for petroleum products which in can help minimize global warming and ocean acidification.

Reduce your carbon Footprint

Lots of small changes to your lifestyle can make a big impact in reducing your carbon footprint and reducing the effects of climate change. For example:

  • Turn off lights
  • Avoid setting a thermostat as late into the season as possible
  • Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs or even LEDs
  • Use the stairs
  • Bike to work or school
  • Reuse your water bottles to avoid buying new ones


Making any or all of the above mentioned changes can help reduce global warming and ocean acidification. Both of these are main drivers of coral bleaching, which can have devastating impacts on marine ecosystems.

Buy sustainably harvested seafood

When buying your weekly nutritious dose of fish, make sure it has been harvested sustainably. If you can’t tell right away, just ask the vendor or waiter where the fish comes from and under what fishing conditions it was harvested, and don’t be afraid to ask loud enough that people around you can hear you too.

Download the seafood watch app or go to and search for the fish you’re about to eat. Seafood watch grades a huge variety of fish and their specific fishery on the level of their sustainability.

 Support or volunteer at environmental organizations

Find out what environmental organizations are based out of your community and what they do. Then support them, volunteer for them and advertise their causes to friends and family. Any support you can give them even if it’s just spreading information about their cause to the people around you, you will be helping them out tremendously.

Plan your own World Oceans Day celebration

Start talking about World Oceans Day in your community, sign up to do an event and encourage others to join your event or start their own. You still have time before the event, so be creative about it. Think about making holding it outdoors, maybe dedicate it to your favorite marine animal or challenge yourself and your friends to reach a conservation or clean up goal within your neighborhood.

Don’t forget to encourage more people to get involved and maybe even link up with other local events. But most importantly, make it a fun day for your whole family and community.


Are you ready to celebrate? Click here to sign up! Check out some of our recent blog posts or our youth section for ideas.

Banner image from Marshall Islands World Oceans Day Committee

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Give back for Giving Tuesday Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:54:29 +0000

#GivingTuesday proves that the holidays can be about both giving and giving back

Giving Tuesday is a chance to help others

Black Friday is for chasing deals, Cyber Monday is for online shoppers – but Giving Tuesday isn’t about getting something. It’s about giving BACK to others! On December 2nd, donate to support a cause you care about, and ask your loved ones to join in.

The ocean is our planet’s heart. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us.

Our future depends on a clean, productive ocean! Support our work for #GivingTuesday by making a donation to help grow World Oceans Day.

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World Oceans Day is people-powered

June 8th is World Oceans Day – when thousands of people around the world celebrate and take action to create a healthier ocean for everyone. Last year’s World Oceans Day again was an inspiring experience. People around the world came together and took action for the ocean’s healthy future in a big way, with over 700 events in 70 different countries, held by aquariums, zoos, schools, businesses, local governments, moms, surfers, and so many more. The funds we raise from this campaign will go towards growing the community and supporting the people who make this day possible – with free educational tools, personal support, a better website, and more.

These events don’t just happen on their own! World Oceans Day is a truly grass-roots effort, thanks to the hard work of many dedicated people all over the globe.

With hundreds of events last year that engaged 70 million people on Facebook and Twitter – all on a shoestring budget – we’re ready to do our part and make it a global rallying point for taking better care of our ocean.

Your personal contribution will help support our community of event organizers, and build World Oceans Day into a bigger global rallying point for celebration and action; it will be an even better day to unify organizations and capture people’s imaginations around the world to create important changes, locally, nationally and internationally.


By supporting us with a gift for the ocean, we’ll be able to:

  • Greatly improve the World Oceans Day online engagement platforms
  • Provide free educational materials and tools to event organizers
  • Work tirelessly to promote this event and empower our partners to be the best ocean ambassadors to their communities


And much more. With your help, we can collectively grow this event into a real force for change. Thank you!


Donate to support World Oceans Day

Go a step further! Support us all year long by checking “recurring” on your form and becoming a monthly donor.

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Reaching the Ocean: A Guide for Inland Teachers Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:51:50 +0000 0