More Ocean Awareness Week!

by Dave on July 18, 2008

logo_naib1.gifJuly 8, 2003 – Aquarium Leads Ocean Awareness

Days in Ocean City, Maryland

Weeklong Event to be Held July 21 to 25

Baltimore, Md. (July 8, 2003)–The National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Town of Ocean City, Maryland, are gearing up for an unprecedented celebration of the ocean and its inhabitants during Ocean Awareness Days from July 21 through 25, 2003.

From conducting a dolphin count along the entire Maryland shoreline to hosting an ocean health symposium and sharing artifacts of ocean animals with beach-goers, the Aquarium and the City endeavor to raise awareness of the importance of ocean health.

The Town’s City Council voted earlier this year to allow Aquarium staff members to spread important messages of health to beach-goers this summer.  “Our town has partnered with the Aquarium for years to encourage people to become stewards of the ocean while having fun,” says Jim Mathias, mayor of Ocean City.  “With years of conservation education experience behind them, the Aquarium’s staff promise to bring new information and awareness to visitors and residents alike.”

“We’ve expanded the program from one day to five days because people really care about their shores and want to learn what they can do to help,” says David Schofield, the Aquarium’s manager of ocean health who also heads its Marine Animal Rescue Program.

Activities for the week include: 

  • Beach Interactions: Aquarium staff and volunteers – with the City Council’s approval – will share marine artifacts with beach-goers on Monday and Tuesday. They’ll also conduct mock dolphin rescues with kids on the beach.
  • FREE Ocean Health Symposium: On Wednesday, experts from NOAA Fisheries Service, National Park Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Aquarium will present ocean health topics and activities at the Convention Center, including a Kids’ Corner.  At 11:30 a.m., renowned underwater cinematographer Nick Caloyianis will present footage of incredible sea creatures and share his underwater experiences.  The event runs from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Marina Visits: Aquarium staff and volunteers will visit marinas in Maryland and Delaware to help people discover the best, and safest, ways to watch marine life in the natural environment.

Annual Dolphin Count: Volunteers are needed to count dolphins* along Maryland’s entire coastline for three hours on Friday morning.  Results will be announced at 4:00 p.m. at Seacrets, Jamaica USA.  Seacrets and the Aquarium will host family-friendly activities from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; over 21 activities begin at 5:00 p.m.  A $5 donation at the door will go to the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s Marine Animal Rescue Program. 

The National Aquarium in Baltimore, a non-profit organization, is Baltimore’s leading attraction, hosting more than 1.6 million visitors per year.  The Aquarium’s mission is to connect people with aquatic life in order to create a better world for both. It’s dedicated to education and conservation through more than a dozen programs that serve the environment and the community.

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* Volunteers interested in helping with Friday’s dolphin count should attend the Ocean Health Symposium at the Ocean City Convention Center on Wednesday any time between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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