About

Mission and History

On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor our ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and millions of others around our blue planet to start creating a better future.

By working together, we can -- and will -- protect and restore our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration on 8 June with continuing engagement year-round!

1992

Canada proposes the
concept of a World Ocean
Day at the Earth Summit

2002

The Ocean Project
begins global promotion
and coordination of
World Ocean Day

2003

WorldOceanDay.org
website launched to
support event organizers
worldwide; 25 events
held in 15 countries

2008

December 2008 the
United Nations officially
recognizes 8 June as
World Oceans Day (and adds the 's')

2016

World Oceans Day
Youth Advisory Council
launched

2019

2000+ events in
140+ countries

2020

Launch new website;
goal to reach 3000+
events in 150 countries