Posted on: August 31, 2010

Show your support for ocean protection: Wear blue on World Oceans Day on June 8

Pacific Whale Foundation will be joining hundreds of communities around the globe in celebrating World Oceans Day, with two free events:

• On Saturday, June 5, Pacific Whale Foundation will be offering free one-hour Ocean Discovery Cruises for all Hawaii residents and all Pacific Whale Foundation Members. Departure times are 12:30, 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. from Ma'alaea Harbor. These Ocean Discovery Cruises will travel along the Maui coastline, and will feature narration by Pacific Whale Foundation's naturalists about Hawaii's amazing ocean environment. To make your reservation for this free cruise, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. (Please note that World Oceans Day is officially on June 8, but the World Oceans Day cruises will take place on Saturday, June 5 so working families can participate.)

• On Tuesday, June 8, Pacific Whale Foundation will hold a screening of the documentary Tapped, at 6:00 p.m. at the Kihei Charter School Auditorium at 300 Ohukai Road, Suite #209, Kihei. This award-winning movie examines the bottled water industry's effects on our health, climate change, pollution and our reliance on oil. Directed by Stephanie Soechtig, Tapped is by the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A.

Pacific Whale Foundation has underwritten the cost of bringing Tapped to the screen on Maui. Admission is free and open to all. A donation of $5 is suggested, but not required.

Established by the United Nations, World Oceans Day offers an opportunity for learning about our world's oceans and our personal connection to the sea. The goal of World Oceans Day is to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives, and to help individuals everywhere consider the important ways we can all help to protect our planet's oceans.

"As the disaster in the Gulf continues, we are all reminded of the importance of a healthy ocean in our lives," says Tracy Jones, Executive Director at Pacific Whale Foundation. " World Oceans Day is a great time to consider all that you can do to protect our planet's oceans. Supporting green energy, choosing to reduce your use of plastic bags and plastic bottles and foregoing chemical cleaning and yard care products in favor of natural alternatives are some easy steps you can take."

To learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation, visit www.pacificwhale.org.