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World Oceans Day – Join the “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” Movement

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World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day was first enforced at the UN General Assembly on 5th of December in 2008, where June 8th was designated to be the day to be annually celebrated as “World Oceans Day”. The theme for 2016 is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”.

With Oceans covering about 70% of the earth’s surface, and holding 97% of the earth’s water, oceans make up around 99% of the living space on our planet by volume. However, 40% of our oceans are heavily impacted by human activity.

Our oceans are polluted, fisheries being depleted, and coastal habituated are being destroyed. The oceans regulate our climate and are home to an incredibly diverse wildlife. The oceans provide food for millions, if not billions of the world’s population.

Find more information on the background of World Oceans Day here.

Here are “10 Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean:

  • Reduce the effects of climate change on our oceans
  • Make sustainable seafood choices
  • Reduce your use of plastic products
  • Take care of the beach
  • Don’t purchase products that exploit marine life
  • Sustainable seafood choices for your pet
  • Support the work to protect our oceans
  • Engage your community
  • Travel responsibly
  • Educate yourself

Read more on National Geographic.

Get active and help preserving our oceans; for inspiration on how to participate please visit http://www.worldoceansday.org/.

Also, to contribute you can join the ONEWORLD ONEOCEAN movement and support The Ocean Project.

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The Last of the Pink Dolphins

With the number of these unique mammals plummeting due to development, land reclamation and pollution, now is the time to see them before it’s too late.

When Simon Holliday jumped into the water to swim from Hong Kong to Macau on 24 May 2014, he was feeling anything but ready. Kate Springer Read more.

World’s largest ocean cleanup operation one step closer to launch

 

November 13 2015 – A crowdfunded 100km-long boom to clean up a vast expanse of plastic rubbish in the Pacific is one step closer to reality after successful tests of a scaled-down prototype in the Netherlands last week.

Further trials off the Dutch and Japanese coasts are now slated to begin in the new year. Arthur Neslen Read more.

 

November 2015 – Can the travel industry have an impact on saving Asia Pacific’s shark population from extinction? Dr. Andy Cornish, shark & ray initiative leader at WWF International, draws the connection between tourism and marine conservation. PATA Conversations Read more.

The principal aim of this exploratory study is to develop and test the initial stages of a framework to assess the sustainability of marine wildlife tourism operations in Western Australia. In particular, this study uses the available research as a guide to understanding ecological, environmental, operational and social impacts of marine wildlife tourism on both marine wildlife and humans and subsequently develops a wildlife-auditing framework.

by Kate Rodger, Amanda Smith, Claire Davis, David Newsome and Philip Patterson

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