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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

Hack4Oceans Challenge: Food from the Ocean

How might we develop and diversify sustainable aquaculture and produce alternative foods from the ocean?

Last update: 02/02/22

Hack4Oceans Challenge: Marine Litter

How might we engage citizens and organisations in preventing marine litter? How might we put a stop to microplastics pollution?

Last update: 02/02/22

‘Supporting Ocean Literacy in the Baltic - ‘Let’s make the Baltic Sea Blue’!

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Last update: 26/11/21

Common actions for ‘Let’s make the Black Sea blue!’

Around the Black Sea Action Day (31st of October), the EU4Ocean Coalition organized the Let’s make the Black Sea Blue event, supported by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission.

Last update: 25/11/21

Strengthening the Baltic Ocean Literacy Community

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Last update: 23/11/21

Be the change

Following Kimberly Aiken in her journey to her polar career!

Last update: 23/11/21

Hack4Oceans Hack4Oceans

A Youth Innovation Event, open primarily to undergraduate students from across Europe who are studying disciplines relevant to the blue economy

Start date: 20/10/2021 (All day)
Last update: 09/11/21

The future of the Arctic’s resources - from local development to global impact

Sustainability of the Arctic's resources? Listen to Professors Rachael Lorna Johnstone and Mia Bennet exploring the challenges of the Arctic ocean.

Last update: 08/11/21

Call for Young Ocean Advocates - Climate and Ocean

The Youth4Ocean Forum is calling young people to submit their projects on the topic of Climate and Ocean.

Last update: 03/11/21

Inspire through education

The EU4Ocean Coalition releases its 5th podcast, where Dr Tymon Zielinski and Dr Volker Rachold share their hopes and concerns about the future of the Arctic ocean.

Last update: 03/11/21


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