2013 World Oceans Day
A World Oceans Day was first proposed in 1992 by the government of Canada, and it was unofficially celebrated annually thereafter. In 2002, The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network began to widely promote the day, but it was not until 2008 that it was properly established by the U.N. It is now officially celebrated every year on June 8th. The formal recognition of a World Oceans Day provides support and exposure for preexisting ocean conservation groups.
The 2013 United Nations World Oceans Day stamps are the first issue released by U.N. Postal Administration to commemorate the occasion. The stamps portray illustrations from Dr. Seuss’ One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. The Ocean Project partnered and collaborated with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and Random House Children’s Books to produce a downloadable “World Oceans Day Kit” geared toward educating and encouraging children on oceanic conservation.
World Oceans Day provides organizations like The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network a designated day dedicated to reinforcing the importance of oceanic conservation and protection. Both organizations partner with zoos, aquariums, and museums around the globe to facilitate ocean education, awareness, and action. This starts at the local level, and is aimed at increasing global conservation efforts.