World Oceans Day 2017

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This site serves as a hub for OceanCanada’s projects and activities to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year-round. Find out more about World Oceans Day at


Overall theme for World Oceans Day 2017: Our Oceans, Our Future


Conservation action focus: Encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future.


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Watch ocean exploration in real time and join the expedition in the Gulf of Maine!


Researchers from Dalhousie University and Memorial University – funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are setting off to explore yet-to-be-discovered parts of our ocean in the northwest Atlantic. Oceana Canada will bring the expedition into people’s homes using high-tech camera equipment and live streaming. Tune in to see through the eyes of an underwater robot as it traverses the sea floor, and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates from the ship. View the livestream from June 8th onwards here.


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Dr. David VanderZwaag

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For World Oceans Day, David VanderZwaag will be attending the International Union for Conservation of Nature delegation at the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) 14 for Networking and Partnering.


“SDG 14: The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind.


Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.


Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.”


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Dr. Fraser Taylor

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On May 30th & 31st, Dr. Taylor will attend the 2nd Canadian Polar Data Workshop. This workshop is to gather people involved in polar data management from across the country to share ideas and identify key priorities and commitments for coordinating the work of the polar data community.


On Friday June 2nd, Dr. Taylor will give a keynote address to the Canadian Cartographic Association Annual Meeting at Carleton University, entitled “Rapid technological change and the future of cartography”.


From June 3rd – June 10th Dr. Taylor will attend the Pan-Arctic Options meeting in Moscow. The full title of the project is Pan-Arctic Options: Holistic Integration for Arctic Coastal-Marine Sustainability, a five-year project funded by the Belmont Forum. The principal investigator is Dr. Paul Berkman of Tufts University in the U.S. and there is involvement from Russia, France, Norway and the United States. At the meeting, he will make a presentation on creating a cybercartographic atlas of the Bering Strait.


On June 7th, Dr. Taylor will be participating in a presentation at the American Centre in Moscow as part of a special event Round Table on Enhancing International Arctic Cooperation. His presentation will be on the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure.


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Dr. Rashid Sumaila

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Dr. Sumaila will be attending the SDG 14 Conference.

He will be involved in discussions on sharing evidence on how fiscal incentives can be aligned with revenue maximization, poverty reduction and environmental management to achieve the targets proposed by SDG groups; building partnerships among different groups to advocate for reforms at international, regional, national and sub-national scales; and supporting country-level implementation through identifying targeted programs of support through South and South-North exchanges of experience and focused technical assistance.


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Vancouver Aquarium

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Vancouver Aquarium is hosting Evening event at the Aquarium – The Octopus’s Garden. The Planning for Sea Level Rise series features experts on sea level rise from a wide variety of backgrounds who will address ways we can adapt and build resilience, with a focus on local to global challenges and solutions. You can view the event website here.


Throughout the day, the Aquarium will be celebrating with an Oceans Day dive in their Pacific Canada exhibit, touch pools and many other activities.