The Department of Ocean Sciences located at the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) will be hosting its 3rd annual World Ocean Day (WOD) event on June 8th, 2016 at Middle Cove Beach. The purpose of the event to open up the wonders of the ocean to the local community. In 2008, the United Nations designated June 8th "World Oceans Day" as opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the ocean. The OSC has played a continuous role in various World Oceans Day event since 2003 and took an opportunity in 2014 to develop and deliver a successful beach day event in combination with other outreach initiatives in celebration of our oceans. Since 2014, over 1000 people participated in the beach day event, which relied solely on volunteering efforts of staff and graduate students from the Department and external organizations.
The aim of this year's event is to have school groups from the surrounding communities
participate in the activities as it related to the school's learning outcomes (ecosystems and water system). Proposed activities will include a beach clean-up, getting up-close and learning about local marine life through a interactive touch tank and fish viewing containers, interacting with MUN researchers, staff and students, scientific divers, and representatives from out partner organizations to learn about the importance of the ocean in our own backyard, about our impacts on our oceans, and ways for us to protect this wondering and fascinating resource.
Note: Due to inclement weather our beach day event was moved into the participating schools.