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StFX University Celebrates World Oceans Day

June 19th, 2017
Young ocean enthusiasts get hands-on with live organisms at a World Oceans Day event organized by StFX's Biology department on June 11, 2017.

Attendees at a recent event hosted by StFX University’s Biology department got a first-hand look at the role our oceans play in ensuring a healthy and sustainable planet. 

On June 11, the department hosted an event for World Oceans Day, an annual – and global – celebration of our oceans.

Coordinated by The Ocean Project, World Oceans Day has been taking place since 2002. The United Nations officially proclaimed June 8th as World Oceans Day in 2008, and now each year hundreds of events take place around the world in the weeks surrounding the official day of celebration. 

“We are surrounded by our oceans,” said Regina Cozzi, Senior Lab Instructor in the Biology department, in explaining the importance of World Oceans Day. “They have so much life and biodiversity, and we need to make sure we preserve them. We need our oceans to survive.”

At StFX, members of the public joined students, faculty and staff for an afternoon of fun and informative ocean-related activities. The Biology department was also joined by representatives from Bird Studies Canada, Eastern Region Solid Waste Management, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Canadian Coast Guard College and Dr. Justin Gregg, Adjunct Professor at StFX and Senior Research Associate with the Dolphin Communication Project. 

The department has been hosting a World Oceans Day event at StFX since 2013. This year over 400 people took part, which is the highest attendance in the event’s history and more than double the turnout from last year.  At least 12 students from the Biology department were also on-hand as volunteers.

Ms. Cozzi and her colleagues hope interest in the event will equate to a broader understanding of the role we all must place to ensure the health of our oceans.

“As biologists, we want to ensure that we’re living in a sustainable world,” said Ms. Cozzi, who was a lead event organizer along with Senior Lab Instructor Leah Rogers and Lab Instructor Katelyn MacNeil. 

“With the pollution we’re seeing, it’s so important to emphasize the importance of our oceans.

“And hopefully, people might feel more inclined to help look after them, too.”

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