World Ocean Day was officially declared by the United Nations to be June 8 of each year, starting in 2009. The Day celebrates the world’s oceans, and our connections — past, present, and future — to the oceans.
The world’s oceans serve as the corridor for transporting 90% of all world goods and products, generate much of the oxygen we breathe, feed nearly a billion people, regulate climate, offer a pharmacopoeia of potential future medicines, and provide recreation, relaxation, and unlimited inspiration for hundreds of millions of people all over the world (among many other benefits and good things that the seas, which comprise most of the world, provide).
Participating in World Ocean Day are aquariums, zoos, maritime museums, conservation organization, schools, colleges and universities and businesses.
– James T. Carlton, Director of Williams-Mystic and Williams College Professor of Marine Ecology
For more information about World Ocean Day please go to http://www.theoceanproject.org/wod