■ BY SUE ERWIN
A worldwide ocean celebration is on the horizon. Aquatic scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory invite everyone to join them from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 to celebrate World Oceans Day at 480 East Railroad Ave. in Boca Grande.
The educational event will include fun and interactive presentations about the health of our sea. World Oceans Day, nationally celebrated on June 8, is a dedicated day of celebration and education that provides an annual opportunity to honor, appreciate and help conserve the world’s oceans. “Our oceans help regulate our climate, provide us with the oxygen we breathe and feed millions of people every year,” said Mote employee Ashley Hill in a press release.
This year, Mote will be celebrating World Oceans Day on the island with a fun and educational family festival dedicated to Earth’s oceans and the numerous creatures living in them. While marine and coastal research has always been Mote’s core function, its endeavors continue to emphasize the need for this research to have a positive impact on the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources for the benefit of our local, national and international communities.
World Oceans Day allows children to explore the marine world and excites their passion for oceans and for becoming better stewards of the coastal environment.
“This year’s free family-friendly event will include educational activities that will focus around human impacts on the ocean and ways to reduce, reuse and recycle,” said Hill. The Mote Mobile exhibit will be at the festival with hands-on activities, including a live touch tank. “This is the first year Mote is celebrating World Oceans Day in Boca Grande, and it is the ninth year Mote is celebrating World Oceans Day at its Aquarium in Sarasota,” said Kaitlyn Fusco, Mote Marine Public Relations Manager.
For more information about the Boca Grande event, contact Ashley Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.