Today is World Oceans Day!

No matter where you live, it’s important to take interest in the health of our ocean. Everything on Earth is connected – the air we breathe and our life-giving oceans. The Government of Canada proposed the concept of World Oceans Day at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and the day has been celebrated internationally since. The United Nations declared June 8th as being World Oceans Day as of 2009 (it is celebrated July 11th in the Arctic due to ice conditions. Celebrations will be held in Ulokhaktok, Northwest Territories.

As this year’s theme is preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean, SeaLuxe is giving away environmentally friendly straws made from bamboo with every online purchase today! Plastic straws are one of the bit things that litter the sea and harm marine life, and they’re one of the most common pieces of garbage found during beach clean-ups.

Oceans are hugely important to our well-being. They’re home to an incredible and intricate world of marine life, they generate half the oxygen we breathe, and are thermostats to regulate the Earth’s temperature while supporting most of our biodiversity. Yet, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the amount of plastic in the oceans will outweigh all the fish in the oceans by 2050!

There are several events happening across Canada today. Here's what's happening in BC:

  1. World Oceans Day Event
    Location: Vancouver, BC
    Date: June 8, 2018, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Description: In honour of this year’s World Oceans Day theme, “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean” we are welcoming everyone to wear their best blue. At Regional Headquarters, there will be several activity displays, refreshments, games, prizes, photo booth, and interactive exhibits including partnering Not-for-Profits and other Government Departments—all showcasing marine conservation and reducing the impact of plastics in our Oceans.
  2. World Oceans Day Event
    Location: Prince Rupert, BC
    Date: June 8, 2018
    Description: Activities are part of the Annual Prince Rupert Seafest. The highlight of this year’s celebrations is a Dunk Tank, where attendees have the opportunity to dunk their boss! Participants can also enjoy cake while looking at some local marine critters, or while browsing various information booths.
  3. World Oceans Day Picnic
    Location: Descanso Bay Regional Park, Gabriola Island, BC
    Date: June 3, 2018, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Description: The event will be co-hosted by the Regional District of Nanaimo and DFO. Participants are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy some time at the beach with friends and family. Talk to marine biologists about their work, learn about marine local conservation efforts, explore marine life with interactive ocean touch tanks, and more!
  4. World Oceans Day Public Event
    Location: Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo, BC
    Date: June 8, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Description: Celebrations will be co-hosted by the Snuneymuxw First Nation, City of Nanaimo and DFO. Participants will have the opportunity to see and touch live ocean animals, join an interactive traditional Snuneymuxw fish weir game, as well as learn about marine conservation and local stewardship initiatives.
  5. World Oceans Day Public Event
    Location: Sidney, BC
    Date: June 3, 2018, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Description: Celebrate World Oceans Day with this FREE family friendly event about all things Salish Sea. Join us outside in Beacon Park on the Sidney oceanfront! Educational exhibits, entertainment and more!
  6. World Ocean Day Activities
    Location: Prince George, BC
    Date: June 8 to 10, 2018
    Description: Activities will occur Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10 (time to be determined) at the Pine Centre Mall and co-hosted Spruce City Wildlife Association and the Mall. Participants are invited to help “Build an Orca Whale” and will be exposed to Ocean habitats and interactive presentations. This is presented by the Strawberry Island Marine Research Society (SIMRS) from Clayoquot Sound. SCWA will also have live chinook salmon fry from their hatchery and a salt water touch tank so folks can learn about what Volunteer Stewardship groups do for the ocean and its environment/creatures and explore marine life with an interactive ocean touch tank, and more!

What You Can Do to Help

  1. Learn: Learn all you can. Read, surf the web and experience the ocean directly.
  2. Conserve: Be mindful of your water consumption, especially when washing your car or watering your lawn.
  3. Reduce:  Cut down household pollutants and properly dispose of herbicides, pesticides, paints, and cleaning products.
  4. Recycle: Reduce waste. Dispose of trash properly. Where possible, recycle, reuse, and compost.
  5. Commute Consciously: Use fuel efficient vehicles, bicycles, or carpool to reduce automobile pollution. Recycle motor oil and repair oil and air conditioning leaks.
  6. Don’t Dump: Protect ocean wildlife. Don’t dispose of fishing lines, nets, or plastic items in or near the water.
  7. Care:  Be considerate of sea life habitats. Don’t bother sea birds, mammals, and turtles or their nesting grounds. Support marine protected areas.
  8. Take Action: Get involved. Take part in a beach cleanup or other ocean-oriented activities.
  9. Host: Plan an Oceans Day event in your community.
  10. Share: Spread the word on the importance of ocean health, on community events, and on World Oceans Day.

(Source: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)