The European Commission is calling all aquariums to join a global awareness raising action about marine litter.
Marine pollution is one of the key topics of the Our Ocean Conference.
Every year millions of tons of litter end up in the ocean. It is estimated that by 2050 our seas could contain more plastic than fish.
Aquariums are ideal partners to showcase this growing problem and to engage thousands of people, by presenting practical solutions.
We are calling on aquariums to give their visitors a very vivid idea of how serious the issue is and what each of us can do about it. Any creative approach is welcome.
Participating aquariums will be provided with written material, giving key facts on the issue and proposing actions to citizens to prevent and fight against marine litter.
This action will be officially launched by EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella on Thursday 27 July at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II.
The following aquariums have already enthusiastically confirmed their participation:
- Argentina: Fundación Mundo Marino
- Austria: Haus des Meeres (Vienna)
- Canada: Vancouver Aquarium
- China: Ocean Park (Hong Kong)
- Croatia: Aquarium Pula
- Denmark: Den Blå Planet
- France: Aquarium of Trégastel, Océanopolis (Brest), Seaquarium (Montpellier), Océarium (Croisic), La Rochelle Aquarium, Sea Life Paris, Aquacaux, Nausicaa, Grand Aquarium de Touraine, Aquarium des Lagons, Nouvelle-Calédonie, Aquarium Tropical du Palais de la Porte Dorée (Paris), Aquarium de la Guadeloupe, Aquarium de La Réunion, Maréis
- Ireland: Galway Atlantaquaria
- Lithuania: Lithuanian Sea Museum
- Malta: Malta National Aquarium
- Monaco: Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
- Norway: Bergen Aquarium
- Poland: Gdynia Aquarium
- Saudi Arabia: Fakieh Aquarium
- South Africa : Two Oceans Aquarium (Cape Town)
- Sweden: Gothenburg Maritime Museum and Aquarium
- United Kingdom: The Deep (Hull), Lake District Coast Aquarium, Bristol Zoo, Skegness Aquarium, Five Sisters Zoo, Lakes Aquarium, The National Marine Aquarium (Plymouth), Deep Sea World (Edinburgh), Living Coasts (Torquay), Oceanarium (Bournemouth)
- USA: Georgia Aquarium
- Vietnam: Museum of Oceanography in Nha Trang
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