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Celebrate our Natural Treasures During National Ocean Month

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Celebrate our Natural Treasures During National Ocean Month

June is not only the beginning of summer, it’s also Oceans Month. President Obama proclaimed June as Oceans Month as a way to reaffirm our responsibility to keep our oceans and coastal ecosystems healthy and resilient. Our oceans are natural treasures, a source of food and energy, and a foundation for our way of life. U.S. fisheries play an enormous role in the nation’s economy. When stocks are rebuilt, they provide more economic opportunities for commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishing.

Many Americans depend on the oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes to earn a living and millions of tourists from all walks of life visit our natural treasures every year. Our oceans provide a habitat for scores of species. They are vital to our Nation's transportation, economy, and trade, linking us with countries across the globe and playing a role in our national security. Join us throughout the month of June as we celebrate National Oceans Month. Below are upcoming events NOAA is participating in to celebrate.

Every year, Capitol Hill Oceans Week (June 10-12) brings together Members of Congress, scientists, public-private stakeholders, community and federal leaders across interests to share their respective visions to shape our National Ocean Policy. Leaders will actively engage in dialogue that will help define how we live with our ocean and marine ecosystems. To learn more, visit http://nmsfocean.org/CHOW-2014.

On June 16-17, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator, Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D., Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, will participate in the State Department-hosted International Ocean Conference. NOAA is developing a Science on a Sphere presentation that will reflect conference themes: Ocean Acidification, Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Pollution, including Excess Nutrients. To learn more visit http://ourocean2014.state.gov/ and following us on Twitter with the hashtag #OurOcean2014.

On Saturday, June 21, NOAA will participate in Ocean Sampling Day, the first global simultaneous sampling for microbes in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters. Over time, sampling will support international and NOAA missions to provide information on the diversity of microbes, their functions, and their potential economic benefits. Among other economic applications, microbes have been used for novel medicines, as biofuels, and to consume spilled oil. NOAA’s Marine Microbes Working Group will coordinate 12 sampling locations, part of more than 150 international sites, and is supporting cross-line NOAA efforts to include the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research; the National Marine Fisheries Service; and the National Ocean Service.

NOAA will also honor National Ocean Month and World Ocean Day! with a 30 Days of the Ocean campaign. Over the next 30 days, NOAA will highlight both the beauty and importance of our ocean through facts, video, images, and stories as well as to inspire personal actions we can all take to conserve our marine environment. To stay up to date on the campaign, visit http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/june14/30days.html.

While we celebrate, let us remember our obligations to good ocean stewardship. The best way to celebrate the bounty our marine ecosystems provide is by sustaining them for generations to come.

Follow NOAA on Twitter at @NOAAOcean and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/usoceangov.

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