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World Oceans Festival

Location: Tramore, Waterford, Ireland
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2005-06-10    

Event Description:
World Oceans Day was developed after the United Nations named June 8th as World Oceans Day at the Rio De Jeneiro Earth Summit in 1992. The purpose of the day was to raise awareness of the importance of our seas and oceans and a chance to celebrate the role they play in our lives. The United Nations has yet to ratify the 8th June as World Oceans Day and a World-wide campaign to have June 8th officially designated is currently underway (visit for more details).

For the past 13 years organisations around the World celebrate World Oceans Day to mark the occasion holding a variety of events and activities to present the opportunity for people to increase their understanding of the marine environment, and the importance that they play in each of our lives.

World Oceans Day provides the opportunity for each resident of this planet to:

Celebrate: Whether we live by the sea or not, seas and oceans have provided both ourselves, past generations and future generations with a wealth of resources. Our oceans have also given poets and playwrights inspiration and fed dreams of exploration. World Oceans Day gives the opportunity to rejoice about what the marine environment means for us.

Learn: Our seas and oceans contain hundreds of different species of wildlife in a range of various habitats. World Oceans Day offers and oppurtunity to learn about some of these creatures and their lives as well as how we are all interconnected and how to use our ocean resources in a sustainable manner.

Change Perspective: What does the ocean mean to you? World Oceans Day offers the oppurtunity for people to change their [view] on what the oceans mean to them and how they can conserve the oceans for future generations.

Change our Ways: We are all connected to the oceans. By changing our ways even by a small amount can play a role in protecting our oceans. 'Think Globally Act Locally'.

For the fourth successive year we will be celebrating World Oceans Day. This year however the event is going to be bigger and better with more for everyone to get involved in.

Teaming up with T-Bay Surf and Wildlife Centre as well as the environmental aspects of the festival, there will also be a range of marine related activities including a international surfing competition, surfing lessons, kite surfing demonstrations, beach art and various other activities all free of charge.

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Event programme:
For a detailed programme of events and times, visit the website. Programme overview:

Where Earth and Ocean meet….World Oceans Festival Village @ T-Bay is the venue for Ireland's celebration of World Ocean's Day 2005. Activities will take place in and around 4 marquees, welcoming visitors from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

A Green Festival Bus will leave Waterford's Quay twice each day. Travel sustainably and have a great day out in Tramore!

Visit the Marine Institute's research vessel that will be moored on the quayside, Waterford, over the weekend. Also visit underwater photography and wildlife exhibits in various venues around Tramore.

UNDERWATERWORLD is the Irish Wildlife Trust's marquee, specially-created for the touch pools and aquaria.

- Rock Pools Recreated Get close to fish, shellfish, crustaceans sponges and seaweeds. You'll be able to touch starfish, seahares and crabs and learn how life in rock pools is created and sustained.

- Pick up and identify seashore skeletons and shoreline curiosities on the Touch Table

- Learn about the living habits of lugworms and cockles enjoy the beauty of our shells, from scallops to topshells at the display Life in a Shell

- Observe marine life at eye-level in the Aquarium.

KID'S CORNER - for younger festival-goers to have loads of fun and perhaps win a prize, playing nature and wildlife games, arts n' crafts and face-painting.


When you need a break from all that sport and wildlife watching, relax and enjoy wildlife and surfing whilst sitting comfortably!

See the exquisite Voice/ENFO Sustainable Water-use exhibition.

THE MARINE MARQUEE holds a mine of information on all aspects of the ocean

- Taste seaweed and find out what can be made from it

- Find answers to your questions on fishing and aquaculture

- Meet experts on whales and dolphins

- Discover more about our national coastline and its ecology

- Hear about wildlife and biodiversity

- Learn how human's impact on water quality and what you can do to keep the rivers and oceans healthy

Enjoy African drumming and dance, local bands and performers, around the festival village, creating an international carnival atmosphere.

Collaborators and organisers:
Tim Clabon
Marine Conservation Officer
Irish Wildlife Trust (event organisers)
Sigmund Business Centre
93A Lagan Road
Dublin Industrial Estate
Dublin 11, IRE
Telephone: (+353) 01 8602839
Fax: (+353) 01 8308914

Website url:

Registration form:

Registration fee: none

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by olive_heffernan on 2005-02-02 and approved by webmaster