World Oceans Day

Annual event sees a number of initiatives

World Oceans Day graphic

World Oceans Day is an international day that takes place annually on the 8th of June. The concept was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1] World Oceans Day was officially recognised by the United Nations in 2008. The International day supports the implementation of worldwide Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and fosters public interest in the management of the ocean and its resources.[2]

The day is marked in a variety of ways, although can’t find anything happening in Madeira today. The occasion generally sees the launch of new campaigns and initiatives, special events at aquariums and zoos, outdoor explorations, aquatic and beach cleanups, educational and conservation action programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events. There are 292 listed on their website at the moment.

Youth have been playing an increasingly important role since 2015. The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council has been helping lead conservation awareness and action efforts globally since 2016.

1 thought on “World Oceans Day”

  1. You would have thought the whale museum would have done something, or the marine research station at the Lido, but in these Covid times they are reluctant to encourage visitors.


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