Discover the ocean in your front yard

  • Jun. 8, 2005 4:00 p.m.

Submitted by Haida Gwaii Marine Matters–On this island we are ever present in the place where sea and land caress. Our communities are dependent upon healthy seas for inspiration, food, wealth and health. To explore, discover and celebrate our connection with the ocean, come out to one of the many events scheduled on Haida Gwaii this month!

Saturday June 11 ~ Walk the Dock Art: Oceans Day 2005. Meet at the QC Government Dock, 10 am to noon. All ages welcome! Parents are encouraged to come with their kids and please bring kids’ lifejackets if you have them. A dock walk and marine life inspired community art project sponsored by Fisheries and Oceans and World Wildlife Fund will be happening! To remind us of the life-sustaining ocean, June 8 was declared World Oceans Day during the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, with a purpose to raise awareness about the ocean and inspire people from coast to coast to take better care of our salty seas.

Saturday June 18 ~ Hospital Days Oceans Activities. (1) Stream to Sea booth outside by the Fisheries office: Learn about ocean stewardship and contribute to community oceans art by painting a marine creature. (2) Marine Matters booth inside the hall: Find out what’s going on in local waters from fishy organizations including the Haida Gwaii Abalone Stewards, Haida Fisheries, World Wildlife Fund, Fisheries and Oceans and Gwaii Haanas.

Saturday June 25 ~ Community Eelgrass Monitoring in Skidegate/Queen Charlotte area sponsored by Roots and Shoots. An associated training session is scheduled for Thursday evening June 23. Locations and times will be announced in Observer coming events.

What we do has profound effect on the sea and all that lives within it. As you walk the beaches of Haida Gwaii this summer, take time to be a steward of the sea. Think about the sea, what it means to you and what it provides for everyone. Learn more about the ocean and how our actions affect it. Do something good for the ocean by altering a little something in your daily life to keep the sea healthy!