Thursday, June 02, 2011

A fishy month

June is a very active month for oceans and marine life, why not join in and do your bit?

Ocean 2012 - European Fish Week - June 4th - June 12th

The theme of this year’s European Fish Week is Back to the Future: how marine environment used to be healthier, how overfishing has changed this and how the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform is an opportunity to go back.

The week will be about collecting stories and evidence of the past richness of our seas and fishing communities and delivering them to EU fisheries ministers with the message: "We want it back".

European Fish Week will coincide with the European Commission proposal for a reformed CFP, therefore making the message loud and clear is more significant than ever. OCEAN 2012 members will therefore be focussing their activities and events on clear and effective messages to their fisheries ministers.

In the meantime, if you have access to historic information on fishing, fisheries dependent communities, or the abundance of fish in the sea, please share this with us, from photos to stories, old video footage, songs or recipes. Please get in touch with Mike Walker, 
World Ocean's Day June - 8th
This year's theme is to encourage people to reach out to young people in their communities and help inspire them. The future of ocean conservation is in their hands!

Explore the site for some ideas, resources, and information about how you can get involved.

For those of us living in Scotland here's a snapshot of what's going on near us but there are event all over the world or you can always submit one of your own:
World Oceans Day Dumfries & Galloway
5 Jun 2011 - 12 Jun 2011 in Rockcliffe, Scotland 
A week long celebration of the sea, starting in Rockcliffe on June 5th and finishing at Port William on June 12th. With every major environmental organisation in Scotland taking part, a schools intranet broadcast, sustainable seafood cookery by a top chef this is going to be the best ever.

Marine Litter Workshop 

8 Jun 2011 - 8 Jun 2011 in Oban, Scotland 
The GRAB Trust`s Beaches and Marine Litter Project is marking World Ocean`s Day by running a Marine Litter Workshop for pupils at Rockfield Primary School.

Or why not simply...
Wear Blue Tell Two - (I particularly like this one).
Wear blue clothing to raise awareness for ocean conservation. Let those around you know why you’re wearing blue and share two facts about why it’s important to protect our world oceans; or ways they can take personal action and help.

For more information on Wear Blue Tell Two please CLICK HERE 
For more information about World Ocean's Day please CLICK HERE 
For more information on European Fish Week please CLICK HERE

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