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World Oceans Day

June 8, 2017 @ 08:00 - 17:00

The 8 June is the day to celebrate our oceans and remind us of just why we need to care for the ocean.

  • Every second breath we take is thanks to tiny plants in the oceans.
  • The oceans provide us with food.
  • They regulate our climate.
  • They clean the water we drink.
  • They transport most of the goods we use.
  • They provide us with minerals and medicines.
  • They inspire us with their majesty and beauty.

Celebrate the fact that our daily actions can help the oceans and explore all that they do for us with an exciting line up of events at uShaka Sea World on the 3 and 4, and the 8 June. Special activities include a beach clean-up, the launch of a new initiative to reduce plastics entering the ocean, fun activities in the uShaka Village Walk and special activities and presentations in uShaka Sea World.

World Oceans Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the world’s oceans, their amazing diversity and the critical role that they play in sustaining life on land. Covering over 70% of the earths’ surface, the health of people is critically linked to the health of the oceans. Unfortunately, because most of us only see the blue surface of the ocean we tend to underestimate its role in our survival. Life on earth is possible because of our oceans.

Highlights of the World Oceans Day celebrations at uShaka Sea World include:

  • uShaka Village Walk – meet us at our special display on the 3 and 4 June, and meet our very own mermaid. She will explain how the plastics that we use in everyday cleaning products harm animals in the oceans.
  • uShaka Sea World – join us in our Turtle area and find out how plastics are impacting on turtles in the oceans. We have arranged for activities for all ages – from colouring in games to special presentations, and a host of give-aways for lucky visitors.
  • On the 8 June SAAMBR, Plastics SA and Sasol will be hosting a special breakfast for local plastic raw material producers, importers, plastics manufacturers and recyclers to launch Operation Clean Sweep, an international plastics industry initiative to promote the ‘Zero Plastics Resin Pellets and Flakes in the environment’ initiative.
  • At the same time as the launch a team of SAAMBR and uShaka Marine World team members will be cleaning the uShaka beach. They will be putting Me to the Sea into action.

The oceans cover about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the very foundations of life. They generate most of the oxygen we breathe, absorb a large share of carbon dioxide emissions, provide food and nutrients, regulate climate, and are important economically for countries that rely on tourism, fishing and other marine resources for income, and serve as the backbone of international trade.

Unfortunately, human pressures, including overexploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a significant toll on the world’s oceans and seas. Peace and security are also critical to the full enjoyment of the benefits that can be derived from the oceans and for their sustainable development.  As has been remarked by the Secretary-General, “There will be no development without security and no security without development”.

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Photography is a powerful medium of expression that can be used to communicate strong positive messages about a subject. This open and free photo competition seeks to inspire the creation and dissemination of such positive imagery, which conveys the beauty and importance of the ocean and humankind’s relation to it.

These five thematic categories are open for photographic submissions:

  • Underwater seascapes
  • Underwater life
  • Above water seascapes
  • Human Interaction: Making a Difference
  • Youth Category: open category, any image of the ocean (above or below the surface) [Youth is defined as under 16 years of age as of 1 April 2017]

Marine renewable energy may have a significant role in reducing reliance on non-renewable energy sources that produce emissions of greenhouse gases, including CO2, assisting in mitigating the adverse effects caused by climate change. Currently, only offshore wind energy has reached an acceptable level of development to be considered effective. However, there are other less developed technologies that obtain energy from the seas and oceans, including wave and tidal energy, energy from currents, ocean thermal energy and salinity gradient energy.


The entries must be submitted electronically through the World Oceans Day Photo Competition portal in accordance with the competition guidelines and subject to the competition rules. Winning images will be recognized at the United Nations on Wednesday, 8 June 2017 during the United Nations event marking World Oceans Day 2017.

Winning images and finalists will form part of an information exhibit in which the photos will be paired with narratives explaining the importance of the oceans to humanity and relating humankind’s positive relationship with the ocean.

Recognition and diffusion of the winning images and finalists will be widely exposed throughout the contest websites, the media and the informational materials related to subsequent competitions. Winning photos have been printed for exhibitions around the world. Last year, one winning photo was also selected to be used as the cover of the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment.

Deadline for submissions: 12 May 2017

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June 8, 2017
08:00 - 17:00
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