World Oceans Day

Each year on 8 June we celebrate World Oceans Day and raise awareness about the importance of ending overfishing.


Why do we need World Oceans Day?

Our ocean covers 70% of the planet and supports life as we know it. Every second breath we take comes from the ocean. However, our oceans are in crisis. They are being threatened by pollution such as abandoned fishing nets, overfishing, and the effects of climate change.

We know the problems. We know the solutions.

World Oceans Day is a day to take action and raise awareness.

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Choose a big blue future


World Oceans Day activities

From raising awareness to taking action or simply enjoying sustainable seafood, there's plenty you can do to take part this World Oceans Day. Together, we're on a mission to end overfishing - a major global goal enshrined within the UN sustainable development goals.

Here are three things you can do this World Oceans Day:

1 - Raise awareness and get schooled on sustainable fishing

Cast Mission: Save the Ocean to your TV and learn about DNA testing of fish, tuna fishing and the importance of educating the next generation. The 25-minute video stars Sir Richard Branson alongside some of our MSC colleagues and was originally broadcast on Nat Geo Wild as part of a three-part series following the missions of WWF, Greenpeace and the Marine Stewardship Council.

You could even encourage your local school to teach an ocean-themed lesson. Find more resources for World Oceans Day.

Read more about the MSC and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Mission: Save the Ocean


2 - Join our online discussion

Join us on Monday 22 June 4-5:30 pm AEST for the You(th) can change the world discussion. You'll hear from Ocean Youth ambassadors who will be interviewing change-makers such as the MSC Oceania Programme Director, Anne Gabriel.

3 - Cook, eat and enjoy delicious sustainable seafood

View our full list of sustainable seafood recipes using MSC certified seafood available in Australia and New Zealand. You can find sustainable seafood in your local supermarket with the blue fish tick.

Choose Sustainable Seafood

Wild crispy skin salmon with white bean and coriander puree

Wild crispy skin salmon with white bean and coriander puree

Prep time 40 mins
Cooking Time 50 mins
Serves 2
Fish fingers and bread shaped into a fish

Fish finger fish

Prep time 30 mins
Cooking Time 0 mins
Serves 1
Forever salmon and prawn paella

Forever salmon and prawn paella

Prep time 20 mins
Cooking Time 20 mins
Serves 4



World Oceans Day in Australia and New Zealand

Even though World Oceans Day is a global day to celebrate our oceans, there's plenty that can be done locally to support ocean life around our coasts. Whether you live beside the Indian Ocean or South Pacific, near the Coral Sea, Tasman Sea, or by the Great Australian Bight – there's no denying we're island nations who depend on the sea for food, jobs in fishing and tourism, recreation and lifestyle.



Meet the Wild Ones

From award-winning chefs to adventurers to photographers, the MSC Wild Ones are united by a love of the oceans and the seafood they bring us. Meet these advocates of healthy, sustainable seas.

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