Images of different ocean creatures that Canada helps to protect.

World Oceans Day is June 8

World Oceans Day 2020 - A message of thanks to Canadians

As we mark World Oceans Day this year, Canadians are physically apart, but together we are here for Canada. We are determined, collaborating, and innovating during COVID-19.

The theme for World Oceans Day this year is innovation. This year we celebrate the incredible work that our fishers, industry, researchers, communities, public servants and Indigenous peoples do every day, and especially now. We celebrate that even though we are apart, we continue to work together, we are strong, and we are here for Canada.

Together over the past year we have/are:

Virtual events will be held across Canada. Find one near you!


When we do it together, we do it better!

Calling all kids! When it comes to nature, you guys really know your stuff. Show us your ideas by drawing a picture of how you would like to help our oceans, and then get your parents to either send it to our Facebook page or post it on Twitter and tag our account. We may then share it with the world for World Oceans Day!

Newfoundland and Labrador

In Newfoundland and Labrador, we're sad to be physical distancing from all our friends and the critters in our touch tank this World Oceans Day. But we are celebrating from June 1-8 with lots of exciting and interactive virtual activities! Learn about how you can help protect our oceans by joining the fun online at


Pacific, Yukon and British Columbia are connected in many ways, including by our rivers which flow through to the Pacific Ocean! We encourage you to take this opportunity to check out and join local online events and learn more about the importance of the Pacific Ocean and steps you can take to protect it.


From June 5-14th, DFO Maritimes will be participating in this year's digital Oceans Week HFX. For more information and to join in on the virtual fun, visit

Why our oceans are important

Canada is an ocean rich country. We have the world's longest coastline linking three different oceans –Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific. Our oceans are not only home to an immense web of marine life, they also generate half of the oxygen we breathe, act as thermostats to regulate the Earth's temperature, and support a majority of our planet's biodiversity. The coastal ecosystems that surround our oceans are also important as they support a wide diversity of marine and terrestrial species.

As Canadians, we are all connected to our oceans, which are significant to our heritage, culture, and economy, and essential to all life on the planet.

By exploring our links to the oceans, we learn just how closely connected we are to these vast bodies of water, and how what we do in our own backyards can impact them.

Water travels from our oceans into lakes and rivers, into the atmosphere, and then back to our oceans again. Our water resources are limited. The water present now on Earth is all there is. Protection of our oceans starts with protection of our rivers, and protection of our rivers starts with each of us.

Taking care of our oceans is a priority and there are many different organizations, communities and individuals that work together to protect and conserve our oceans.

To find out more about the actions the Government of Canada is taking to protect and conserve our oceans for future generations, visit our Canada's Oceans Agenda webpage.

The Government of Canada proposed the concept of World Oceans Day at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and the day has been celebrated internationally ever since. June 8 has been officially declared by the United Nations as "World Oceans Day".

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest information and share photos of your World Oceans Day celebration using #WorldOceansDay.

Many other organizations sponsor World Oceans Day activities. For more information, visit, or

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