World Oceans Day and Ocean Month to be marked in Juneau

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - June is National Ocean Month and Friday is World Oceans Day.

    The observances will be marked in Juneau, according to Julie Speegle, the Public Affairs Officer for the Alaska Region of NOAA Fisheries.

    She said on Action Line Thursday that it wil be a family event at the Mendenhall Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m.

    DIPAC will host a Touch Tank full of sea critters.

    The NOAA Marine Science Institute will be demonstrating the difference between how otters keep warm versus seals.

    NOAA Fisheries will erect an outdoor obstacle course that focuses on marine debris.

    NOAA's National Weather Service is hosting a booth.  Weather permitting it plans to do an outdoor show on local tsunamis.

    The Alaska Deept Ocean Science Institute will have its yellow submarine on hand.

    In addition, Speegle says there will be crafts and an opportunity to learn about marine mammals and their habitat and the ocean's effect on weather.

    Meanwhile, Speegle says the action focus for this year's World Oceans Day is "Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean."

    The bywords for that action focus she says is "reduce, reuse, recycle."

     

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