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World Aquatic Animals Day

 

World Aquatic Animal Day is an annual day dedicated to aquatic animals.

 

History of World Aquatic Animal Day

The event’s purpose is to bring attention to the importance of aquatic animals as well as their ecosystems. Due to the endangerment brought upon by human interactions.

 

When is the event?

This event is celebrated every year on April 3. 2021’s celebration will be the second year of this event.

 

What is the purpose of the event?

Bring awareness and support to protect our aquatic environment.

The theme for 2021 World Aquatic Animal Day will be “The Impact of Human Activities on Aquatic Animals”. 

 

Facts about Marine Life & Ecosystem:

  • Marine animals make up 80% of the animal population.
  • Our Ocean absorbs around 2 bn tonnes of Co2 a year! (Equivalent to the annual absorption of the amazon).
  • Up to 80% of our world’s oxygen supply comes from the ocean.
  • Oceans absorb about 90% of the excess heat produced with climate changes.
Photo by Francesco Ungaro (ghostpresenter.it)

 

Current Oceanic Threats:

  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 1.6 million sq kilometres (994 thousand miles) :
  • Ocean Warming :
  • Oceans absorb a large amount of CO2 from the atmosphere as well as heat. With global warming, our oceans are also warming generating coral bleaching (which is where large patches of previous healthy coral die-off due to the temperature rise), with the coral dying so dies the source of food for marine wildlife.
Photo by Joshua J. Cotten
    • Ocean Acidification:

    As the ocean absorbs Co2 the PH has become more acidic. This leads to marine life not being able to produce shells and the current ones dissolving in its wake.

    • Commercial Fishing:

    Depletes marine species and marine resources (corals, algae, predators, etc). 

    The way commercial fishing is sanctioned disrupts the natural marine ecosystem, since non targeted species get caught in the large nets and killed as a byproduct of these actions.

  • Ways to Celebrate World Aquatic Animal Day :

    Watch Ocean Documentaries:

    Getting educated about aquatic animals doesn’t have to be boring. Learning from film crews that have been deep-sea diving can be a thrilling way to see, enjoy and appreciate the myriad of animals that live in the water. 

       

    Here some of top documentaries to watch:

  •         Mission Blue on Netflix

  •         The Blue Planet I & II on BBC iPlayer

  •         Our Planet on Netflix

  •         Night on Earth on Netflix

  •         Sharkwater Extinction on Amazon Prime

  •         Dolphin Reef on Disney+

  •         Chasing Coral on Netflix

  •         A Plastic Ocean on Netflix

  •         My Octopus Teacher

  •         Seaspiracy on Netflix

 

Read Ocean Conservation Books:

  •         The World Is Blue by Sylvia A. Earle

  •         Planet Ocean by Patricia Newman

  •         Beneath the Surface by John Hargrove

  •         Marine Biology by Peter Castro

  •         Orca: The Whale Called Killer by Erich Hoyt

  •         Sea Change by Sylvia A. Earle

 

Host World Aquatic Day Event:

Everyone loves a party!

Host a viewing of an Ocean documentary, of course, theme the event with food that represents and protects the oceans. Find sustainable gear to offer as party favours & decorations.

  • Invite a local representative of a Conservation Org and even your local political representative to bring awareness and collectively take action.

 

Follow, Support & Donate to Marine Conservation Projects:

 

 

Other ways:

Ask questions about where your Fish is sourced.

Reduce use of Plastic

Plant a Tree

Reduce Co2 emissions

Vote Locally, speak with your political representatives

Volunteer in Local, National or International Conservation & Protection Projects 

Educate & Bring Awareness to others