Happy Oceans Day
June 8th is World Oceans Day, a day where people around the planet recognize and honor our oceans. Last year groups held over 300 events in 45 countries to commemorate World Oceans Day. This year, California offers 18 events, including San Diego Coastkeeper’s Carlsbad Beach Fest.
Adding to the World Oceans Day festivities, President Obama has proclaimed that June is now National Oceans Month. Along with this special recognition, the Obama Administration released nine draft Action Plans to implement the nation’s first comprehensive ocean policy. These nine Action Plans will receive a month-long public review period, where comments can be made on topics ranging from enhancing water quality to strengthening the resiliency of coastal communities and the ability to adapt to climate change. The Administration will hold a National Ocean Council Listening Session in San Francisco on June to hear your comments the afternoon of June 30th – please attend and weigh in!
In California, the Ocean Protection Council is also considering public input on how to approach related issues, such climate change adaptation and land-sea interactions, in its new five-year Strategic Plan.