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SUBJECT: Memorial University and other community groups to mark Oceans Day
DATE: June 7, 2006

Memorial University has partnered with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and several community groups to celebrate Oceans Day on Thursday, June 8. Students from several schools in St. John’s and surrounding areas will gather at the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) on Ridge Road and at the Fluvarium on Nagle’s Place to learn about what they can do to improve the quality of the world’s oceans.
Declared in 1992 at the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the purpose of Oceans Day is to remind Canada’s young people that improving the quality of the ocean begins with boosting the health of local streams, lakes, rivers and wetlands. Through enticing games, 3D models, interactive presentations and more, students will learn about topics such as water conservation, research methodology and the types of species that inhabit the oceans waters.
“Stewardship and conservation are shared responsibilities, and education is key to both. We are delighted to be working with Memorial University and our other Oceans Day partners to teach our young people about our oceans and to celebrate Oceans Day,” said Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
Executive Director, Marine Institute, Glen Blackwood said he’s honoured MI will be one of the organizations hosting this year’s Oceans Day activities and events. “We advance education, research and development related to oceans and coastal economies around the globe, with a special priority on Newfoundland and Labrador,” he said. “It is a very fitting that MI is the venue where our young people can come to learn about the wonders and importance of our oceans.”
Oceans Day celebrations will also take place in other areas of the province Thursday, including Arnold’s Cove, Corner Brook and Red Bay.
Partners in Oceans Day include: Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Canadian Coast Guard (CCG); Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter (CPAWS-NL); ACAP Humber Arm; Ocean Sciences Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland; Marine Institute; Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture; Engineering Department, City of St. John’s; FFAW; Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association; and The Fluvarium.

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