World Oceans Day Activities Set for Carrot Park June 8

Carrot Park will be the base for the upcoming World Oceans Day parade and activities

A request to use Carrot Park as the base for World Oceans Day activities received a wave of support from Port Hardy council.

The Port Hardy & District Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre asked council if they could use the park for the 6th annual event, June 8, because of its central location and easy access.

World Oceans Day events, being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., are geared towards educating children on the role of the ocean and what they can do to keep it clean. All Port Hardy schools and daycares have been invited to the event along with residents and visitors.

The past five years have been a huge success with over 500 people attending shore walks, exploring touch tanks and participating in ocean-related activities.

Most activities will take place on the beach and in the park around the Visitor Centre. One water tank, filled with living sea creatures, will be placed close to the centre and supervised by trained marine biologists from Pacificus Biological. After the event, the creatures will be released back into the ocean.

Marine biologists from Pacificus will take people on 20-minute shore walks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

From 12 (noon) to 1 p.m. there will be a 20-minute community beach and shore clean-up.

Other participants in the event confirmed as of last week include Archipelago Marine, Ministry of Forests, Living Oceans Society, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Mother Goose Literacy Bus, Quatse Salmon Centre, Environment Canada, CETUS, a non-profit, marine conservation society which operates in the waters around Victoria and Alert Bay, and the Marine Educations & Research Society also from Alert Bay.