The United Nations celebrates World Oceans Day on 8th June every year and many countries have celebrated this special day following their 1992 conference on Environment & Development held in Rio de Janiero.
The main action focus for this year’s event is to prevent plastic pollution and encourage solutions for a healthy ocean.
The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, the UKs biggest aquarium, is holding its own events to support World Oceans Day and will be spending all day at local beaches, cleaning them up and then taking part in a citizen science survey. The public are welcome to join in throughout the day, starting at Bovisand Beach, before moving to Mount Batten Beach, and finally finishing on the Aquarium’s doorstep with Teat’s Hill Beach. Equipment will be provided, but sturdy shoes are essential! For more information contact 08448 937938.
The National Marine Aquarium is a charity dedicated to conservation, research and education. Its mission is to drive marine conservation through engagement. It is committed to conserving the marine environment and encouraging others to do the same.
The attraction is divided into four themed sections; Plymouth Sound, British Coasts, Blue Planet and Atlantic Ocean (which includes the UK’s biggest tank holding 2.5 million litres of water) and displays include sharks, lobsters, crabs, jellyfish and a loggerhead turtle.
The aquarium also works with the Shark Trust to produce a Basking Shark Code of Conduct and supports the Lobster Hatchery in Padstow.
For information on visiting go to www.national-aquarium.co.uk