World Oceans Day 2015

07 June 2015 | Posted in Nikki Hills , Marine
World Oceans Day 2015
bottlenose dolphin / Caroline Weir

Join people around the world to celebrate our wonderful oceans on the 8th June for World Oceans Day. This year, the theme is Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet, with the focus on stopping plastic pollution in the ocean.

Plastic pollution….The problem is serious, but solvable

More than 8 million tons of plastic rubbish end up in the ocean every year, including millions of disposable bags. An estimated 80% of the plastic rubbish in the ocean comes from people on land – carried out to the ocean by rivers, streams, and the wind.

Reducing the plastic we use and discard, is the first step to stopping this. Together we can have a positive impact, reducing the amount of plastic rubbish in our seas. Our collective efforts can send a clear message to others about reducing plastic trash in our ocean.

Our seas around Sussex are home to some amazing wildlife including seals, seahorses, dolphins and cuttlefish. So take a moment on Monday 8th June to celebrate. You could take a walk along your local beach, wear blue for the day or take positive action and make a pledge to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean. For more information and ideas visit

We’ll be celebrating on Thursday 11th June with a Wildlife Watching Boat Trip in Chichester Harbour. Visit our Events page for more information and to book your place.

Making Waves is our marine education and awareness project, which is spreading the word about the wonderful marine life found around our coast and the importance of protecting it. This project is run in partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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