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World Oceans Day is held on June 8th each year. It's purpose is to help us to better understand and celebrate the Earth's oceans.
The main conservation focus for World Oceans Day is plastic pollution prevention and of cleaning the ocean of marine litter.
The Ocean Project has promoted and coordinated events for this annual celebration since 2002, and the United Nations first recognized World Oceans Day in 2008.
World Oceans Day is officially recognized by the United Nations, and has become an annual celebration on 8 June as well as a call for ocean conservation action throughout the year.
The event brings together aquariums, zoos, museums, schools and universities, businesses, organizations and other groups, including divers, surfers, sailors, communities of faith, governments, the maritime industry and the tourism and recreational industry.
There are a number of campaigns which you can take part in to improve the oceans and to promote the conservation of the oceans.
In 2016, over 100 countries celebrated World Oceans Day and the effort expanded to engage more youth worldwide through the creation of a World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council. The council includes 11 young people (ages 14 - 22) from 11 countries across Asia, Australia/Oceania, Africa, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean.
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For more information about World Oceans Day, and to find out about events near you, visit worldoceansday.org.