Press release 4.6.2019

Dive into the world of marine research - free event in Helsinki on June 8

World Oceans Day is celebrated on Saturday 8th of June between 10 am and 2 pm at Tammasaari Pier in Ruoholahti, Helsinki.
Bild: Lauri Laakso

At the outdoor family event, you can admire the litter collection boat Roska-Roope in action, climb aboard the research vessel Aranda to learn about marine research, and chat to the Baltic Sea doctors about how everyone can influence the state of the oceans.

"The theme of the event is the impacts of global warming on the oceans and the study of these impacts. Other main topics on the day are marine littering, the state of fish stocks and the preservation of marine diversity," says Juha-Markku Leppänen who is coordinating the event.

Ocean-related activities and information for all ages

Join us to identify fish species or participate in oil spill response training!

During the day, the public will have the opportunity to visit the refurbished research vessel Aranda and learn about what marine research is done there, such as monitoring the state of the Baltic Sea and assessing fish stocks.

At the event, everyone can take concrete actions on behalf of the Baltic Sea and take part in the guided plogging (litter collection jog or walk) at 11 am and 1 pm in Ruoholahti. While people are plogging on dry land, the new litter collection boat Roska-Roope will be collecting litter from the surface waters near the research vessel Aranda.

The Baltic Sea doctors will be available at the pier to answer all your questions about the oceans and the Baltic Sea. The doctors will take your suggestions for measures how to restore the Baltic Sea to a healthy state. The suggestions will be forwarded to the Minister of the Environment.

At the event, you can also learn how sustainable agriculture can help curb climate change and the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea, and how you can enjoy the environment in a Baltic Sea-friendly way.

Further information about the event:

Juha-Markku Leppänen, Finnish Marine Researchers, tel. +358 400 770 887

The event is organised by Baltic Sea Action Group, Geological Survey of Finland, City of Helsinki, Finnish Meteorological Institute, The Baltic Sea Challenge, John Nurminen Foundation, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finnish Nature League, Metsähallitus, Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association, Finnish Marine Researchers - Havsforskarna i Finland, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), WWF and the Ministry of the Environment.

The annual World Oceans Day on 8th of June is an officially recognised UN theme day. The goal of the day is to remind everyone about how important oceans are to the climate and life on earth.