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Catalyst Coffee and Bray Sealife partnered up for a big clean-up for World Ocean Day removing almost 10 full bags of marine litter at Bray beach in County Wicklow
Over 230 clean-ups took place with over 4,000 volunteers answering Clean Coasts’ call to action to protect our ocean this June. As Afloat reported previously, Wednesday the 8th of June marked the global celebration of World Ocean Day, an initiative…
MEP for Ireland South Grace O'Sullivan
As the United Nations gears up for a landmark conference later this month in Lisbon on ocean protection and conservation, World Oceans Day today (8 June 2022) marks what could be a crucial turning point in our relationship with the…
Pictured at the launch of the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Clean Oceans Initiative Fishing Gear Retirement Scheme to coincide with World Oceans Day on 8 June are: BIM Chairman Aidan Cotter, fisher David Kirwan, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D. and BIM CEO Jim O’Toole
A “Clean Oceans” fishing gear retirement scheme has been announced by Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue to mark World Oceans Day. The project, which is aimed at collecting old and damaged fishing gear, is to take place this autumn and…
World Oceans Day - The June 8th date was designated by the United Nations
The "underwater treasure" around over 3,000 km of Irish coastline is the theme of three talks hosted by Galway Atlantaquaria to mark World Oceans Day. As Dr Noirín Burke of Galway Atlantaquaria says, Ireland can “boast an incredible range of…
The ROV Holland 1 ready to be deployed at dawn from the RV Celtic Explorer
Tune into a live chat with Ireland’s marine scientists to celebrate World Oceans Day next Wednesday 8 June. The conversation will be broadcast live on the Marine Institute’s socials — Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube — at 10.30am. Join Marine…

About World Ocean Day 

World Ocean Day is celebrated annually on June 8th to highlight the important role the ocean has for our life and the planet. The focus each year is on the 30x30 campaign: to create a healthy ocean with abundant wildlife and to stabilise the climate, it is critical that 30% of our planet’s lands, waters, and oceans are protected by 2030.  

One of the issues affecting our ocean is marine litter which has become a global problem for both humans and marine life. However, communities around Ireland have demonstrated their desire to be part of the solution by taking part in several beach cleaning and clean-up calls to action. 

Statistics show that the number one cause of marine litter is litter dropped in towns and cities.

In 2021, the initiative changed its name from “World Oceans Day” to “World Ocean Day”. By dropping the “s”, its organisers wanted to highlight the fact that we are all connected by a large ocean. This shared ocean supports all life on the planet, by producing most of the oxygen we breathe and regulating climate. No matter where we live, we all depend on the ocean to survive.

This means that each piece of marine litter removed from a beach, river, lake, park or street in Ireland, will have a positive impact on a global scale.

At A Glance - World Ocean Day is on June 8th each year

United Nations World Ocean Day is celebrated annually on June 8th to highlight the important role the ocean has for our life and the planet.

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