Oceana in Belize Commemorates World Oceans Day 2012

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June 4, 2012
Belize City, Belize
Contact:
Hipolito Bautista ( hbautista@oceana.org )




On Friday, June 8, Oceana in Belize will be commemorating World Oceans Day with numerous activities at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City.

At 6pm, Oceana in Belize will be launching its new ‘Catch the Wave! Ride with Oceana!’ membership campaign where visitors are encouraged to register as paid or volunteer members in order to support Oceana’s efforts in protecting Belize’s Sea. In connection with its membership drive, Oceana will be unveiling its new line of ‘Catch the Wave! Ride with Oceana!’ T-Shirts, which will be provided free of cost to any person who signs up as a paying Oceana member. Otherwise T-shirt will be on sale for only $10.00.

Oceana encourages all schools to attend its World Oceans Day event at the Bliss and will award the secondary or tertiary institution with the most student attendees, with a Multimedia Projector. Teachers or other school representatives must accompany their students to verify their number. Students must be in uniform or present valid student IDs to qualify. The Primary School which attends with its principal and the most teachers, will receive a one-day reef tour for the principal and teachers in attendance – so they too may be able to learn firsthand about Belize’s marine resources and able to share with their students.

Other prizes will include a trip for 40 to the Belize Blue Hole; a two-night stay for a family of four courtesy Beya Suites in Punda Gorda with an accompanying tour (for four) to the Port Honduras Marine Reserve, courtesy TIDE Belize. Another prize will be an overnight stay in Placencia courtesy Laru Beya Resort and Villas for a couple. Prizes will be presented at the end of the premiere movie event.

At 7 pm, Oceana will be premiering, The End of the Line, a powerful documentary which illustrates the devastating consequences of overfishing our world’s oceans and what humanity needs to do to stop the depletion of large fish stocks, predicted to reach a state of irreversible collapse by 2048.

Recognizing the outstanding efforts of Belizeans supporting the organization’s cause, Oceana will also be presenting its annual Wavemaker of the Year award – given to an individual who has been involved in promoting and assisting with Oceana’s campaign. Our Ocean Hero award will be presented to an individual who has dedicated his/her life to the preservation and protection of Belize’s marine resources. Two awards of recognition will be presented to two organizations that have given selflessly to educating Belizeans about marine issues. Additionally, Oceana will launch its Summer 2012 Video Competition – details will be provided at the event.