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Ocean literacy

The ocean is a source of life for human beings. It gives us food, oxygen and energy. It is home to many species and acts as climate regulator. Understanding how we influence the ocean and how the ocean influences us is at the core of ocean literacy. This understanding allows us to make responsible choices to protect our ocean better and to use the opportunities it offers in a sustainable manner. Thereby, it as also contributing to the improvement of the well-being of people, as envisioned in the European Green Deal.

The European Ocean Coalition (EU4Ocean) connects diverse organisations, projects and people that contribute to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean. Supported by the European Commission, this bottom-up inclusive initiative aims at uniting the voices of Europeans to make the ocean a concern of everyone!

It combines EU-wide activities with actions dedicated to the Arctic Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean (including the North Sea), the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the global ocean.

The coalition consists of three components:

 

Other initiatives by DG MARE also contribute to ocean literacy such as:

  • The European Atlas of the Seas which is an easy and fun way for professionals, students and anyone interested to learn more about Europe's seas and coasts, their environment, related human activities and European policies. It aims to raise long-term awareness of Europe's oceans and seas, in the context of the EU's integrated maritime policy.

 

  • A European event to engage youth in developing ideas for the sustainable use of the marine environment and resources while minimizing the negative impacts of human activities, is the Hack4Oceans. This 2-day Youth Innovation Event will give young participants across Europe the possibility to learn, explore and co-create opportunities for prosperity through ocean conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. The event will bring together undergraduate students and professional stakeholders coming from the private sector, policy-making and academia.

Hack4oceans participants will develop ideas and solutions to several important and urgent challenges related to:

    • Marine Litter;
    • Alternative food from the ocean;
    • Ocean and Climate Change;
    • Protecting and Restoring Coastal Ecosystems.

Postponed due to Covid19, the Hack4oceans will take place in Brussels (BE) on 21 and 22 April 2021.

 

More information

Ocean Literacy Platform

European Atlas of the Seas

EMFF Datahub

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Sustainable food, tradition and innovation around the Italian Coasts

Have you ever wondered what it means to eat sustainably on the Mediterranean coasts? This episode addresses the question from an Italian perspective, by tapping into our speakers' personal and professional experiences around cuisine, environmental protection, and sustainable fisheries.

Last update: 21/09/22

Connecting sport and Ocean Literacy!

How to connect (professional) sports and ocean literacy?! Tune in to our new episode of If Oceans Could Speak and meet Federico Morisio, professional windsurfer, 'Cavaliere del Mare', 'Starfish Champion', Starboard 'Ocean Ambassador', 'Mediterranean Young Ocean Advocate'!

Last update: 07/09/22

Telling stories from under the sea

Ocean literacy takes many forms and what better way to illustrate our love for the ocean than through pictures? Tune in for our fifth episode and listen to Greg Lecoeur - former businessman, now renown underwater photojournalist, adventurer and author.

Last update: 31/08/22

Empowering women in marine sciences

Women still have to face a lot of challenges when opting for a career in science nowadays, but is it the same in marine science? Tune in to hear more about the role of women in marine sciences, empowerment and blue careers.

Last update: 23/08/22

Invasive species and other fishy things!

From a simple Facebook page to a nation wide lionfish eating campaign, tune in to hear about “Diaries of the Ocean” with Jina Talj.

Last update: 17/08/22

Together with fishers - building solutions together

Tune in for our second episode exploring the Mediterranean and see how social inclusion, innovation and traditional fisheries can go hand in hand for a blue sea.

Last update: 02/08/22

Charter for Blue Education

An engagement between European education networks and initiatives to support transformative changes for ocean sustainability.

Last update: 02/08/22

Mediterranean stories across borders: introducing this season's multi-lingual hosts and episodes

If Oceans Could Speak is back….what can you expect? What is different this season and where will this journey take us? Learn more about the new voices that bring you stories all across the Mediterranean. This season will be multilingual, capturing the voices and spirit of those that call the Mediterranean their home.

Last update: 26/07/22

The If Oceans Could Speak podcast is back for season 2!

This summer, we will be listening to diverse perspectives from the Mediterranean Sea! Tune in for sport stars, scientists and gourmet chefs that are mobilising communities to make a difference to the sea around them.

Last update: 15/07/22

The Charter for the Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”

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Start date: 30/06/2022 - 15:00
Last update: 22/06/22

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