posted Jun 7, 2016, 8:05 PM by SOS SaveOceanScience
updated Jun 7, 2016, 8:28 PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
World Oceans Day is a time to remember we are all connected to
the oceans no matter where we live — inland or on the coast. Fisheries
and Oceans Canada and other organizations hold events from coast to
coast to coast. Celebrate the life-giving role of oceans and take part
in stewardship activities in your community.
The Government of Canada proposed the concept of World
Ocean Day in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and the day has
been celebrated internationally ever since. As of 2009, June 8 has been
officially declared by the United Nations as "World Oceans Day".
Regional events and activities
Objectives of World Oceans Day
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Oceans Day Event
Location: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax waterfront.
Date: Friday June 3, 2016 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Description: DFO employees from
Ecosystem Management and Science will be at the Maritime Museum of the
Atlantic to take part in the annual Oceans Day celebration. DFO’s
exhibit will include fish samples from research efforts to see and
touch, information related to marine protected areas, sharks, species at
risk, and whales and the sounds they make. Other groups that
participate in this event include, World Wildlife Fund, Maritime
Aboriginal Peoples Council, Dalhousie University, and more.
- Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE), 2nd annual Ocean Literacy conference
Location: Dalhousie University, Halifax
Date: June 7–12
- Change attitudes — encourage individuals to think about what the oceans mean to each of us, and what oceans have to offer.
- Learn — discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful creatures and habitats found in the oceans, and how our actions affect them.
- Change our ways — encourage each of us to become caretakers of our oceans, and to conserve them for our future.
- Celebrate — organize or participate in ocean events, whether we live inland or on the coast.
Why our oceans are important
By exploring our links to the oceans, we learn how closely connected
we are to the ocean, and how what we do in our backyard can impact them
in positive and negative ways.
Water travels from our oceans to the atmosphere, to land, to rivers
and back to our oceans again. Our water resources are limited. The water
now present on Earth is all there is. Protection of our oceans starts
with protection of our rivers, and protection of our rivers starts with
each of us.
The oceans not only generate half of the oxygen we breathe, they act
as thermostats to regulate the Earth’s temperature and support a
majority of our planet’s biodiversity.
Canada is an ocean rich country. We have the world’s longest
coastline linking three different oceans –Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific –
and an immense web of marine life. We are all connected to our oceans,
which are important to our heritage, culture and economy, and essential
to all life on the planet. Canada’s coastal ecosystems are very
important as they support a wide diversity of marine and terrestrial
species. Taking care of our oceans is a priority and there are many
different organizations, communities and individuals that work together
to protect and conserve our oceans.
For the Government of Canada, one of the most important initiatives
has been the establishment of Marine Protected Areas. These are defined
geographical spaces in the water that are dedicated and managed in an
effort to conserve and protect unique areas, ecologically significant
species and their habitats, and representative marine environments. They
can also strengthen ecosystems so they function properly, providing
goods and services such as clean air, water and food.
For more information on Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas, please visit our page Marine Protected Areas and proposed future sites.
10 ways to get involved
You and your community can make an impact on Oceans Day no matter where you live!
- Learn: Learn all you can. Read, surf the web and experience the ocean directly.
- Conserve: Conserve water. Be mindful when washing your car or watering your lawn.
- Reduce: Cut down household pollutants and properly dispose of herbicides, pesticides, paints and cleaning products.
- Recycle: Reduce waste. Dispose of trash properly. Where possible, recycle, reuse and compost.
- Commute Consciously: Use fuel efficient vehicles, bicycles or
carpool to reduce automobile pollution. Recycle motor oil and repair oil
and air conditioning leaks.
- Don’t Dump: Protect ocean wildlife. Don’t dispose of fishing lines, nets or plastic items in or near the water.
- Care: Be considerate of sea life habitats. Don’t bother sea
birds, mammals and turtles or their nesting grounds. Support marine
- Take Action: Get involved. Take part in a beach cleanup or other ocean-oriented activities.
- Host: Plan an Oceans Day event in your community.
- Share: Spread the word on the importance of ocean health, on community events and on World Oceans Day.
Follow us on Twitter for all the latest information and share photos of your World Oceans Day celebration using #WorldOceansDay and #CdnOceans.
Many other organizations sponsor World Oceans Day activities. For a sample, visit WorldOceansDay.org, WorldOceansDay.ca or UNESCO.org.
You can also “like” World Oceans Day on Facebook.