Marine Awareness Week is held annually on St Helena to raise awareness of both St Helena’s marine environment and global marine issues.

This year Marine Awareness Week is taking place from 7-14 February with the theme ‘Love the Ocean’. Everyone uses and enjoys the ocean and the activities planned aim to demonstrate how economy and science can work together to protect our oceans for the future.

St Helena Government’s Environmental Management Division (EMD), working with St Helena Tourism and the Island’s local marine tour operators, has planned a week of events to bring the public closer to the Island’s marine environment.

Elizabeth Clingham from EMD said:

“Marine Awareness Week is an opportunity for the Marine Section to demonstrate to the community that conservation of the marine environment is being delivered with a balanced approach, understanding both a need for economic growth and how science can complement and enhance St Helena’s marine sector.”

Activities include an underwater clean up, swim and snorkel, movie night, guided tour to Lot’s Wife Ponds, swimming in the ocean, introduction to scuba diving, a marine themed quiz night and fancy dress. There will also be information displays, touch and feel tanks, a mini aquarium and a kids’ art display at the Yacht Club from Monday 9 – Friday 13 February 2015.

Further details about activities on offer during Marine Awareness Week can be found in this week’s newspapers.

SHG

2 February 2015

 

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