June 08, 2007 09:06 ET

Media Advisory-Oceans Day June 8, 2007: WWF Experts Offer Five Reasons to Have Hope for Healthy Oceans

HALIFAX, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2007) - June 8th is World Oceans Day. Almost everyday in the news we hear of new problems with our oceans: fish stocks collapsing, oil pollution, mercury and other toxins building up in the food chain, acidification due to climate change, etc. Can anything be done? Yes!

Experts from WWF-Canada are available to talk about five hopeful signs, here in Canada and around the world, that we can turn the tide and rebuild our oceans.

Topics for discussion include:

- The global move towards "sustainable seafood", and how what you buy can make a difference.

- What can be done to rebuild fish stocks, such as cod, on the Grand Banks?

- Get in the know! WWF-Canada presented MPs with a summer reading assignment on oceans - which is good reading for all Canadians.

- How protecting critical areas can often help rebuild collapsed stocks, and provide more, bigger fish for fishermen.

- How "Smart" fishing gear is helping to reduce the 30 million tonnes of fisheries "bycatch" wasted globally every year - fish, turtles and marine mammals that are thrown back over the side, dead.

This news release and associated material can be found on wwf.ca.

Contact Information

  • WWF-Canada
    Kyle Ferguson
    Manager, Communications
    (902) 482-1105 x 41 or Cell: (902) 225-1541
    Email: kferguson@wwfcanada.org
    Website: wwf.ca