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June 8 Marks World Ocean Day

June is National Ocean Month through a Presidential Proclamation, coinciding with World Ocean Day, celebrated annually on June 8th. While the ocean is well-known for its natural beauty and mysteries, it also provides practical benefits such as producing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide emissions, influencing global climate and weather patterns, providing sustainable sources of protein, and powering our economy by supporting transportation and clean energy development.

A clean ocean is essential to life on Earth. NOAA's National Ocean Service offers suggestions for keeping the ocean healthy and pollution-free, such as conserving water, reducing waste and pollutants, and eating sustainable seafood. Additionally, throughout June, we celebrate our ocean with the NOAA 30 Days of Ocean campaign spotlighting ocean awareness and literacy.

Watch a celebration of World Ocean Day to discover more about the ocean at http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/worldoceanday/.