Wednesday, June 6, 2012

World Oceans Day is June 8th, 2012

Photo:Claire Fackler, NOAA NMS
On June 8th communities around the globe will celebrate World Oceans Day as an opportunity to learn more about our ocean and take action to help conserve it. This year the celebration is bigger than ever with hundreds of family-friendly events at aquariums, zoos, museums, exciting online events, and strong prospects for a new youth movement to protect the ocean!

"A record number of aquariums, zoos, and museums are providing ways on World Oceans Day for their visitors to get inspired and take personal action to help our world's ocean," said Bill Mott, director of The Ocean Project. “World Oceans Day provides an opportunity for people across the country and around the world to celebrate our ocean connections, do more for ocean conservation, and learn more about our ocean!"

World Oceans Day coordinator, Alyssa Isakower, commented, “The worldwide response has been more enthusiastic than ever. June 8th provides a chance for the world to rally for a generation of ocean advocates who go beyond raising awareness and take real action for ocean protection.”

Here are some events that are happening locally:

Photo: Claire Fackler NOAA, NMS
 There will be a Reef Check training tonight, June 6th at the Anahola Neighborhood Center from 4-7pm. A reef ecology class will be given, followed by the survey methodology of Reef check.

Thursday June 7th will be the Eyes of the Reef training at the St. Regis Princeville by Paul Clark of Save Our Seas from 4 - 6pm. On the West Side, Hanapepe Library is hosting a Free Family Film night featuring “Dolphin Tale”.

Friday June 8th, for World Ocean's Day there will be a Reef Survey, Reef clean up, and shoreline clean up at Puu Poa beach in front of the St. Regis Princeville hotel.

Local Author, Monika Mira is offering her new Kindle Book, “Hawaii’s Green Sea Turtles” as a FREE download on Amazon, Friday June 8th. She also offers free shipping on her eco-friendly, educational title, The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book. Visit her website and you can also receive FREE reef coloring sheets that give tips on reef conservation and reef etiquette.

On Saturday, June 16th, the Friends of the Hanapepe Library is hosting a World Oceans Day Fair. This is a family friendly event with lots of kid’s activities. 

You can help protect ocean resources by getting involved with one of your local Ocean Conservation Organizations. On Kauai, Malama na Apapa, Save our Seas and Surfrider Kauai Chapter are always organizing events to help protect our resources. Get involved.

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