Below the Surface

New Materials from the Octonauts for 2016

The Octonauts will join us for World Oceans Day again this year with new resources including posters, activities, and other graphics. Please download the activity kit and incorporate these free materials into your World Oceans Day celebration!

Abby Tripler 31-Mar-2016
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Connecting to the Coast

Don’t live by a beach? Never been scuba diving or surfing? Don’t worry, everyone can play an important role in protecting the ocean– on World Oceans Day and every day! Whether we live on the coast or miles away from the sea, we are all connected to the ocean and can take action to positively impact ocean health.

Lena Champlin 29-Mar-2016
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How to Get Official Community Recognition for World Oceans Day

The United Nations began to officially recognize World Oceans Day as June 8th each year following a resolution passed in late 2008, and people around the world have been unofficially celebrating since the idea for World Oceans Day was introduced in 1992 at the Rio Summit ― but what about your own town, city, district, province, state, or nation? Getting official recognition on any of these levels is a great way to help spread the message to your entire community and encourage more widespread celebrations of the ocean and its importance in our everyday lives.

Alexandra Thomsen 28-Mar-2016
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Making Strides Against Microbeads

Photo: AP

Microbeads are solid plastic pieces in personal care products like shampoos, facial cleansers, and toothpaste. Microbeads have significantly added to the global plastic pollution problem. Despite their small size, microbeads have a massive impact on marine environments, and studies show that there are huge numbers of microbeads in our oceans. Ocean animals eat the microbeads, and some plastics eaten by marine life, especially filter feeders, get passed on to humans when we consume seafood.

Samantha Mackiewicz 25-Mar-2016
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7 Ideas for Aquarium Celebrations

Looking for ideas to plan an amazing World Oceans Day event at your aquarium? Here are 7 great ways to celebrate based on actual events held at aquariums around the globe for World Oceans Day 2015.

Abby Tripler 22-Mar-2016
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Be a Blue Business

Photo: El Nido Resorts

The focus of World Oceans Day is spreading the word about the importance of our oceans for our health, food, climate and enjoyment. No matter what country we live in our how far away from the coast we are, our actions impact the ocean and we have an opportunity to effect positive change for ocean conservation. Why not make an even bigger positive impact by working together with your coworkers?

Abby Tripler 16-Mar-2016
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Seas the Day in March: Green Your Commute

Our transportation choices have a huge impact on greenhouse gas emissions, like carbon dioxide and methane, which contribute to climate change and ocean acidification. Transportation is the fourth-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Seas the Day in March by incorporating alternative methods to get around every day and lowering your reliance on cars -- especially if you’re driving alone.

Alexandra Thomsen 08-Mar-2016
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Diving to Make a Difference

As you plan your event for 2016, use the following examples as inspiration for how you can help protect the health and beauty of the oceans this upcoming World Oceans Day, June 8th! Last year divers around the globe celebrated World Oceans Day, helping to clean our ocean and maintain healthier ocean ecosystems. Here we highlight just a few of the many great events held by divers last summer.

Lena Champlin 01-Mar-2016
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Coding for Fish

In 2014, the U.S. Department of State, under Secretary of State John Kerry, hosted the first annual Fishackathon (“fish-hack-a-thon”), a coding competition aimed at tackling issues in sustainable fishing, in five cities across the United States. The competition is organized as a public-private partnership, capitalizing on the expansion of mobile technology use in the developing world in order to address sustainable fishery challenges.

Cora Wiese Moore 24-Feb-2016
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Seas the Day in February: Make Connections in your Community

Seas the Day in February by exploring the many ways your community is linked to the ocean. Connecting with your community, experiencing nature, and doing volunteer work to benefit the environment are all things that can make you happier and the planet healthier. Remember, even if you live inland, we are all connected to the ocean. All waterways flow to the ocean, so protecting your local river or watershed will help the ocean down the line!

Alexandra Thomsen 16-Feb-2016
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