5 things to do on World Oceans Day

The UK has around 17,800 km (11,000 miles) of coastline. That's about the length of 420 marathon races. With World Oceans Day taking place on 8th June, what can you do to get ocean-friendly?

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Waves on Khalaktyrsky Beach on the Avachinsky Bay coast

Waves on Khalaktyrsky Beach on the Avachinsky Bay coast © Yuri Smityuk / TASS / Getty

 

1. Celebrate with sustainable seafood

Overfishing and unsustainable fishing practices is a global issue. Just look for the blue MSC label to know your wild caught seafood can be traced back to a sustainable source.

 

2. Get ocean-educated

Watch an oceans documentary or programmes such as Blue Planet 2 and Chasing Coral.

 

3. Go plastic free

Single use plastics make their way in to the oceans threatening biodiversity. Try going plastic free for a week and keep a log and share your progress with your friends on social media.

 

4. Do a beach clean up

If you live near the coast, there are many local organisations that organise beach clean ups. Or why not organise one yourself? Each time you’re on holiday, why not pick up a few plastic items such as straws as you stroll down the beach.

 

5. Raise awareness

Using #WorldOceansDay

 

The Marine Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organisation, which recognises and rewards efforts to protect oceans and safeguard seafood supplies for the future.

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