World Oceans Day: Celebrate with UF/IFAS Extension

“On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration on 8 June!” – World Oceans Day website,

Celebrate World Oceans Day with UF/IFAS Extension

On and around World Oceans Day (June 8, 2018), UF/IFAS Extension and Community Partners are hosting film screenings, community discussions, and participating in community festivals to promote awareness of marine issues and the environment.

This year’s World Oceans Day theme is to prevent plastic pollution and encourage solutions for a healthy ocean. See below for events near you!

A map of UF/IFAS Extension events for World Oceans Day

Community Events:
  • St. Lucie County Aquarium, Fort Pierce: Booth from Oxbow Eco-Center at World’s Oceans Day Celebration, June 9th from 10AM – 3PM. Learn more, Click Here!
  • Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto: World Oceans Day Festival, June 9th from 9AM – 12PM. Learn more, Click Here!
  • Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota: Information Booth and Beach Cleanup, June 8, 9AM – 4PM. For more info:

Across the state, UF/IFAS Extension and Community Partners are holding film screenings of the documentary, Smog of the Sea. This documentary chronicles a research expedition through the Sargasso Sea and makes an artful call to action for rethinking single-use plastic. Discuss strategies for reducing your plastic waste and get inspired to make your own personal plastic free commitment! Make the switch to reusable bags and water bottles, say no to plastic straws, and purchase products without microbeads or plastic packaging.

“Smog of the Sea” Film Screenings:
  • St. Johns River State College (St, Augustine Campus): June 7, 6PM. For more info: Click Here!
  • First Magnitude Brewery, Gainesville: June 13, 6PM. For more info:
  • Daytona State College (Flagler Campus): June 7, noon. For more info: Click Here!
  • Circle B Reserve, Lakeland: June 8, 10AM. For more info or to RSVP: Click Here!
  • Marine Exploration Center, St. Petersburg: June 8, 5PM. For more info:
  • UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, Sarasota: June 25, 5:30PM. For more info:
  • UF/IFAS Extension Monroe County (Gato Building), Key West: June 8, noon. For more info:


Smog of the Sea Trailer


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Posted: May 25, 2018

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Marine Debris, Microplastics, Plastic, Shannon Carnevale, Water Quality, World Oceans Day

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