Blue waves appear in cities around the planet for World Oceans Day

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Greenpeace volunteers in Dundee paint their faces blue to raise awareness in the lead-up to World Oceans Day, the 8th June.

People painted blue created human waves across 23 countries to call for the protection of our seas, supported by public figures, including Helen Mirren and Javier Bardem, who voiced their support for the oceans today. From Santiago to Bangkok, London to Johannesburg, the peaceful protestors are calling on governments negotiating at the United Nations towards a Global Ocean Treaty that could pave the way for the creation of a network of ocean sanctuaries covering 30% of international waters by 2030.[1]

On the steps of Rome’s Colosseumpeople performed a human wavewhile a sea of blue people flooded into the streets of Dakar. In Istanbul, children gathered by the water to send their message for ocean protection. From the Wat Suthat temple in Bangkok to the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, people got together to ask for ocean sanctuaries.

A purse seine vessel with a whale shark caught as bycatch in the Pacific. Whale sharks, being slow swimming filter feeding fish, act as natural aggregation devices for tuna in tropical oceans and are killed in unsustainable numbers in purse seine fisheries. The vessels either set their nets on these creatures to catch the surrounding tuna or the whale sharks are caught in nets around fish aggregation devices (FADs) that attract these magnificent creatures as well as other sharks, turtles and juvenile tuna as well as the targeted adult tuna species.

Today our oceans also received the support of public figures from all over the world, using their voices to amplify this global movement of people that want to see a network of ocean sanctuaries covering our blue planetThe list of Ocean Ambassadors [2] includes the Spanish Oscar winner Javier Bardem, Chinese actor Li Yifeng, and also Chinese musician Tan WeiWei and British actress and Oscar winner Helen Mirren, who said: “Overfishing, climate change, mining and plastic pollution – our oceans are struggling. But now we have a chance to turn things around.”

Frida Bengtsson of Greenpeace’s Protect the Oceans campaign said: “Our oceans are facing an acute crisis that needs profound, solution-oriented action and the political will to drive real change. Governments around the world should know that they are under massive public scrutiny as they negotiate a Global Ocean Treaty at the United Nations.”

People everywhere are asking their leaders to protect marine life, like whales and turtles, to ensure food security for millions of people, and to create healthy oceans that are our best ally against a changing climate.”

For more information about Greenpeace visit their website by clicking here.

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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