World Ocean Day at Santa Fe College

Posted by Henry Taksier, June 9, 2010

Photo by Tricia Coyne/ Gainesville Sun

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Santa Fe College, 3000 N.W. 83rd St., Gainesville
$5, $4 for children, free for SFC students, staff and ages 3 and younger.
For information, call 352-395-5601

“Without a coastline in sight, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is celebrating World Oceans Day on Saturday and Sunday by showing how landlocked citizens impact the ocean.

“I’d like to inspire conservation action as much as we can because small alterations in our daily lives can have a huge, lasting impact,” says Tarah Jacobs, a conservation education specialist at Santa Fe and coordinator of the World Oceans Day celebration.

Many people don’t realize how their actions affect the ocean. From sprinkling pesticides on their lawn to ordering seafood at dinner, people impact the sea, she says.

Therefore, the Teaching Zoo’s third annual celebration of World Oceans Day, which the United Nations recognized as June 8 in 2008, will focus on such impacts and how visitors can protect the ocean without leaving home.

The event also offers one of the few times during the year that visitors can wander the zoo at their leisure. Unlike the usual guided tours, zookeepers Saturday and Sunday will be stationed at the exhibits so visitors can stroll through the zoo and still have access to detailed information about the animals.

Activities themed to World Ocean Day will include a discussion on sustainable seafood choices. Many types of seafood offered at restaurants are over-fished, and their population can’t keep up with the rate they’re being caught. The Teaching Zoo will give out information based on Seafood Watch, a program started by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, to help visitors choose which fish to order at restaurants.”

Read the rest at World Ocean Day Promotes Conservation – Gainesville.com

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