Photographic boards celebrating ‘stories of the sea’ have been popping up around the island’s coastline to coincide with celebrations for World Ocean Day today.
The exhibition, which aims to shine a light on those who work to give a voice to the “undervalued resource” that is the sea, is taking place throughout June at:
Sands in St. Ouen's Bay,
St. Aubin Promenade,
Havre des Pas,
Gorey Promenade, and
The Mourant Jersey-sponsored exhibition has been organised by Ocean Culture Life (OCL), which was founded by photographer Matt Porteous.
He described the organisation he set up four years ago as a “community that was born here in Jersey and has grown beyond our shores, tapping into a worldwide network of ocean lovers, storytellers and guardians... Across the world we connect and support those working to restore health to our oceans through the power of storytelling, science and organic collaboration.”
Pictured: Part of the exhibition celebrating the work of the Blue Marine Foundation in Jersey. (Studio_M)
Co-Founder Tamsin Raine added: “Out of sight often means out of mind, this exhibition aims to share the work of those who are working to protect, celebrate and preserve the ocean for future generations”.
OCL has also been involved in setting up a number of educational workshops alongside Jersey Water with the aim of inspiring the next generation to protect the island’s water sources.
Yesterday, there was a beachside workshop, while today a Virtual Learning Workshop has taken place.
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The workshops provided an overview of the local ocean ecosystem, the water cycle from sky to tap, along with interactive activities such as making your own water filter and performing water quality tests.
The overall goal is to raise awareness of how precious water is, in any form whether it’s the ocean, reservoirs, streams or drains and why they must not be polluted.
Among the schools getting stuck into World Ocean Day is JCG Prep. The primary school is not only taking part in workshops, but holding a 'Beach Art' contest involving creations with shells, seaweed and other natural objects.
The school has also partnered with local charity Littlefeet Environmental for a ‘Beach Clean’ at Ouaisne Bay on Sunday 12 June at 10:00, starting from Ouaisné car park.
The Eco Team commented: “We can all help in small ways to look after our beautiful Jersey! We hope you will support us in helping to keep our beaches clean! Our bays are not dustbins!”
Today's World Ocean Day activities follow another awareness-raising drive, which saw blue fish were painted near drains across the island.
Pictured: Have you spotted one of these fish around the island?
Run by Jersey’s Environment Department in partnership with Eco-Active and Jersey Water, the Blue Fish campaign’s purpose is to remind people that they must not be used to dispose of litter or waste chemicals like paints, detergents or oils as they lead directly to the nearest stream, reservoir, or the sea.
To mark World Ocean Day, why not listen back to Express's previous conversation with Freddie Watson of the Blue Marine Foundation?
He speaks about the push for greater protection of Jersey's territorial waters, and why the island needs its own Marine National Park.
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