allows everybody-- from the coasts of California and South America to the middle of the outback in Australia-- to reflect on the complex ecosystem that keeps our Earth running. We all depend on this body of water, but a healthy version of it. This day comes once a year and allows us the unique opportunity to contemplate how we will help resolve some of the issues facing our ocean. Although this blog and program focuses on sharks, if they do not have an ocean to call home due to rising pH levels, pollution and overfishing, all this education will be for naught.
This year’s World Oceans Day theme is “Together we have the power to protect the ocean.” Wherever you are, you can drive out to events near you to have your voice heard on ocean-related manners and to lend a helping hand. From pro-recycling events to beach clean ups, there's plenty to do!
World Ocean Day has grown from when it was first proposed by the Canadian Government in 1992. The Ocean project then took over the event in 2002, and the United Nations officially recognized it in 2008. Around 70 countries have adopted the international event, marking June 08 every year as an important reflection day of what we, as a human race, have done to help our precious oceans.
As we continue to keep our oceans clean from trash and toxins, we protect sharks from ingesting it, but also their prey. We can help not foul their nurseries and habitats. We can promote sustainable fishing (not just regular fishing but shark fishing later on down the line can be sustainable), enforce laws for illegal fishing and hopefully brainstorm solutions to rising mercury levels in fish. We can better protect our ocean through marine reserves (more than 30% of our oceans need protection, but less than 1% are).
There is so much left to do, and today is a great day to look back and see how far we've come... and see how long we've got to go.
So please, if you can go to an event, go! If you can't, at least make a trip to an aquarium and marvel at the creatures inhabiting under the waves. Go to the beach, inhale some sweet salt air, feel the sand between your toes.
Enjoy... but don't forget #sharks and the dangers they face! Let us #savesharks!