Oceans Awareness Event 6 October 2017

PRESS RELEASE:-On Friday 6 October the EU Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS, and CARICOM/CARIFORUM is organising, along with relevant environmental and other stakeholders, an Oceans Awareness event entitled: Our Ocean, Our Lives, Our Future.

In the morning there will be an opening at the Bellairs Research Institute, Folkestone, beginning at 9 am where EU Ambassador Daniela Tramacere, a representative from the Government of Barbados, The Bellairs Research Institute and the Young Nature Conservationist Association will deliver opening remarks.

Apart from sensitising the public about the ocean, there will be various tours in the morning for school children that will take in the Barbados Coast Guard, the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex, the Bellair’s Institute, Folkestone Marine Park and guided coastline events. Various career opportunities in marine related fields will be highlighted

In the afternoon, the event climaxes at the Hastings Rocks, Richard Haynes Boardwalk, beginning at 1pm, with various displays of marine interest, including a career booth featuring information from EU member countries and seafood sampling. There will be displays by the Barbados Divers Association, as well as the Future Centre Trust;  lion fish preparation and tasting, a display by NCC lifeguards, a presentation by Plastic Oceans Trust and many more organisations that are involved in marine related activities.

This all-day initiative includes numerous activities that will showcase the work of some of these stakeholder agencies in the coastal environment and in ocean governance. In addition it will sensitise participants to the importance of the ocean in everyday life, but more importantly how we can safeguard the ocean for future generations. Therefore, it is about how our actions affect the marine habitat and climate change.

This local oceans awareness event coincides with the hosting by the EU on 5 and 6 October of the 4th International Our Oceans 2017 Conference in Malta. This conference is testimony of the commitment the EU has made to assist in fostering international co-operation and awareness on ocean issues. The 2017 International Our Oceans Conference is built on six main Areas of Action; Climate Change, Marine Pollution, Sustainable Fisheries, Marine Protected Areas, Sustainable Blue Economy and Maritime Security. It will further develop how the ocean can contribute to sustainable “blue” growth, including through new energy sources such as tidal and wave technology.