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Happy World Ocean Day!

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Happy World Ocean Day to one and all! On this day each year, we take some time to celebrate our ocean and all that it does for us. From the food we eat to the air we breathe, we are all connected to the ocean, which is reflected in this year’s theme: “healthy oceans, healthy planet.” Unfortunately, there is a substantial threat to the health of our ocean: marine debris. Huge amounts of debris enter the marine environment every day, making marine debris one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the ocean today.

People are the sole cause of this problem, but luckily, that means that people have the power to be the solution! Every single one of us can help our ocean by fighting marine debris through simple things like reducing, reusing, and recycling. So, on World Ocean Day and every day, let’s celebrate our ocean by fighting marine debris!

A wave, with happy fish on the non-polluted side and unhappy fish on the polluted side. It reads "Love our ocean. Don't mess this up."

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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