World Oceans Day 2022

World Oceans Day is celebrated on 8 June 2022. Each year on World Oceans Day we raise awareness about ending overfishing and protecting our oceans.


Why do we need World Oceans Day?

Our ocean needs protection.

  • Our ocean covers 70% of the planet and supports life as we know it
  • Every second breath we take comes from the ocean
  • Our ocean feeds billions of people
  • Our ocean hosts 80% of the world’s biodiversity.

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.

Join the conversation this World Ocean Day

The 2021 theme for the United Nations World Ocean Day was Life and Livelihoods. We need to conserve our wonderful marine resources for future generations. Get involved in the conversation with #WorldOceansDay and #BigBlueFuture and tag @MSCbluefishtick for the chance to have your post shared to our networks.

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.

Two things you can do this World Oceans Day...

1 - Teach and learn about the ocean on World Oceans Day


Use our Australian and New Zealand curriculum-relevant teaching and learning resources to discover how we can help keep our oceans healthy for generations to come.

In Australia, our Saltwater Schools education program features ocean-themed education resources aligned with the Australian curriculum suitable for Stages 3-5. This includes lesson plans, videos, fact sheets, games, and activities. 

In Aotearoa New Zealand, our Te Kawa O Tangaroa ocean-centred learning programme focuses on solutions to overfishing and how we can ensure oceans teeming with life.

2 - Cook sustainable seafood on World Oceans Day

Our sustainable seafood guide makes shopping for sustainable seafood easier. Just look for the MSC 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 finger 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.
Little Blue Label Big Blue Future - Look for the MSC blue fish tick this World Oceans Day
Your guide to sustainable seafood

Your guide to sustainable seafood

Find out where to buy, what to look for and the questions to ask.

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