What are your current ocean literacy activities about?

May 22, 2020 at 5:03 AM by Francesca Santoro

We would like to know more about your current ocean literacy activities, please tell us more. 

13 Replies

Noirin Burke
May 22, 2020 at 1:44 PM

Hi Francesca, 

we are trying to connect with our members in the Irish Ocean Literacy Network , and share their news and events on our website www.irishoceanliteracy.ie , and also sharing information about events such as this amazing submit with them. Members have been really active online over the last month of so holding virtual marine quizzes, virtual ocean classrooms, sharing marine resources and attending virtual events.  We look forward to working with everyone on this fantastic event and hope to see lots of Irish Ocean resources coming your way soon, Noirin

Francesca Santoro
May 24, 2020 at 6:48 AM

Thank you Noirin! It's great to see a country pushing the ocean literacy agenda forward! 

May 26, 2020 at 8:39 AM

Hi Francesca;

After helping you and UNESCO design and deliver the Ocean Literacy for Business Workshop in December, it became clear to me that we need a greater focus and emphasis on OL here in Canada. There appears to efforts in helping youth better understand their impact on the ocean and the ocean's impact on them, but I worry that not enough effort is going into helping businesses do the same thing. 

I think it would be both interesting and very beneficial to run a similar type of workshop, albeit virtual, for Canadian businesses. We can take advantage of all the great work being done throughout the world on OL, but bring a focus to business and industry. This is definately something I'd like to help plan and facilitate. What do you think???


Francesca Santoro
May 26, 2020 at 9:01 AM

Hi Susan,

absolutely! It would be great to take advantage of what we did in Venice, and see if we can further develop it!

I will share with the community what we did, to see if we can start from there! 

Ana Claudia
May 25, 2020 at 2:29 PM

Hi Francesca,

I´m working on an art-science project with students and professors from environmental sciences and art & design. We´re developing a mural (street art) on coral reefs at Zihuatanejo, Guerrero located on the west coast of the Mexican Pacific.

I´m looking forward to developing more activities on ocean literacy from Mexico.

Tsuyoshi Sasaki
May 26, 2020 at 12:49 AM

 Hi, Francesca, Congratulations! You are doing well for promoting Ocean Literacy in the world. We Asia Marine Educators Association now discuss how to promote ocean literacy, connecting with Asian country members around the Indo Pacific area. We have been conducting  Asia Marine Educators Workshop in Tokyo, Asia Marine Educators Association Conference in Taiwan, Philippine, and China. And we are sharing OL event on the website.https://www.asia-marine-ed.org

May 26, 2020 at 7:11 AM

Hi Francesca,

We use the new technologies as a a way to engage people on the importance of the ocean. For example, Kids (and adults) like to know about robots and how nowadays are used in the ocean. Once we have their attention we introduce some ocean issues (ie: platics) and the importance of keeping an ocean healthy.

Gail Scowcroft
May 26, 2020 at 8:55 AM

Hi Francesca,

In addition to our programs for elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students and the general public, we have been working with the international community of decision makers and regulators of underwater sound for the last six years. It is amazing how little ocean education many of them have, especially when they are developing policy related to the ocean. We have a webinar series scheduled for the regulator/decision maker community this year (https://dosits.org/decision-makers/webinar-series/2020-webinar-series/). We already have over 700 registrations from around the world for the first webinar, which takes place next week on June 2.

I am looking forward to the OL Summit!

Regards, Gail

Nysse Arruda
May 27, 2020 at 5:20 AM

Hi Francesca,

The  Communication Center for the Oceans-CCOceanos  in Lisbon is a series of LiveStream lectures presenting a variety of  themes related to the oceans, connecting Portuguese-speaking countries and making Portugal a hub for sharing up to date information and knowledge on the oceans.

Elena Giusta
May 28, 2020 at 9:49 AM

Among the institutional tasks of the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) a relevant role is played by its annual programme of environmental education for schools, the organization of knowledge sharing events and its participation in citizen science projects and other initiatives aiming to raise awareness about the main environmental issues and gain the youth’s cooperation for the protection of our planet and its resources.

Lessons on marine pollution and the conservation of marine biodiversity and ecosystems are regularly held in many schools by ISPRA’s researchers with the support of interesting videos, attractive games, posters, booklets and educational kits.

ISPRA takes part in the EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network and is pleased to share this material to celebrate the first international OL summit promoted by UNESCO.

OL-Ocean School
May 28, 2020 at 5:55 PM

Hey Francesca,

We are all excited for the summit! We look forward to all the trout-standing speakers.

A little update as to what current ocean literacy activities Ocean School is working on:

- During the pandemic, we put together our Learn From Home page that has 4 weeks of easy access Ocean School content in English and French, and 2 weeks in Spanish. We are currently working on a version on our platform which will be ready in the coming weeks.

- We've been adding videos to our YouTube Channel to help promote ocean literacy and Ocean School.

- We launched our first international module, all thanks to IOC-UNESCO and the Swedish Government! It's called Marine Migration and was filmed in Costa Rica. Sign up here: https://oceanschool-xp.nfb.ca/ and watch the trailer here: 

- We will soon be launching our new contest that will be open to anyone in the world to enter very soon!

- And finally we are working on two in modules! One will be coming out later the year (based in British Columbia) and the other will be out next year (based in Australia and Indonesia).

We look forward to keep reading what others are doing!

OL-Yolanda Koulouri
Jun 3, 2020 at 1:25 AM

Francesca hi, 

I am Yolanda Koulouri from Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR). HCMR operates with educational programs for schools (primary and secondary), workshops for students and teachers/educators, summer schools for university students, lectures and seminars focusing, among other issues, on marine biodiversity, marine ecosystems, marine pollution, climate change, marine litter, marine technology, aquaculture, fisheries, freshwaters, underwater archaeology, operational oceanography. Cretaquarium, which is an important infrastructure of HCMR and has more than 250,000 visitors annually, aims to disseminate knowledge of marine research and the innovations produced especially by the HCMR as well as to inform and raise awareness of the general public. We also participate in relevant international and other events such as festivals, open-door happenings, competitions (Researcher’s Night, TEDx, World Ocean Day etc). We coordinate or participate in policy-oriented and citizen science projects (e.g. SeaChange, PERSEUS, Meltemi, MEDCIS, INDICIT II etc). We promote OL and environmental education in general through videos, games, online interactive electronic applications (see also resources and gallery). HCMR is a member of EuroGOOS Expert working group on Ocean Literacy and shares related material within the framework of the first International OL Summit organized by UNESCO. We also participate in the European Marine Educators Association (EMSEA) and its activities, especially in the Mediterranean Sea (e.g. adapting OL principles and concepts to the specificities of the Mediterranean Sea; design and development of questionnaires for primary and secondary schools in order to assess students’ knowledge, behaviours and attitudes relevant to OL).

I wish a great success for the summit!

OL-Rosa Rodríguez
Jun 5, 2020 at 10:10 AM

Hi Francesca, 

We are all excited for the summit! We look forward to all the trout-standing speakers.

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.

Being passionate about science and the ocean, I am very fortunate to live in Mallorca, a wonderful island in the Mediterranean Sea, and to work at SOCIB (Balearic Islands Coastal Observation and Forecasting System). I coordinate the SOCIB Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), Communication and Ocean Literacy Service. We work intensively to promote Ocean Literacy and to disseminate the activity of ocean observatories, which facilitate our understanding of the ocean and the sustainable management of marine and coastal resources by providing knowledge, data and products. We program outreach events and design resources addressed to all audiences. Close contact with the education community allows us to promote scientific vocations in the marine sciences and the daily work of oceanographers, providing educational and training materials to introduce the ocean in the classroom as an educational resource. In short, we collaborate with all the agents involved (Research Institutes, Media, families, schools, cultural entities, ONG's, etc.) to make them aware that science and ocean observatories are the great allies to know, preserve and manage our oceans for sustainable development.

“SOCIB: Researching the ocean, sharing the future”

Jun 5, 2020 at 4:33 PM

Hola Dear Francesca!

The Pescarte project is part of an Environmental Education Program in the Campos Basin, EEP-CB, and is a mitigating measure for Brazilian federal environmental licensing, instituted by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources - IBAMA since 2010. The program aims to to articulate the Environmental Education projects of companies that operate in the maritime oil and gas sector in the Campos Basin, aimed at social groups affected by the socio-environmental impacts of licensed enterprises.

Thus, the Pescarte project is a legal obligation, required by IBAMA, for the oil and gas company Petrobras. Petrobras, in turn, hired an educational institution to carry out the Pescarte project, the State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro Darcy Ribeiro-UENF.
In the Pescarte project, the priority group is artisanal fishermen located in the Campos Basin territory. The precarious situation in which artisanal fishermen live is common throughout the world. Fishing communities have lost their territories due to pollution, the oil industry, industrial fishing and do not receive adequate government support to strengthen the fish production chain. Most sell the fish at an unfair price, because there is nowhere to benefit and store the fish. The project seeks to strengthen social organization, through the generation of jobs and income, with the implementation of projects such as units of mariculture, processing and storage of fish, which operate under the principles of solidary economy and cooperativism. Although there are many challenges, we mobilized a group of fishermen who have participated in the project for almost 6 years and have won several victories with the government to obtain more rights. Artisanal fishermen occupied spaces in the city council, hydrographic basin committees, environmental councils, among others. One of the fishermen participating in the project said that knowledge freed him. He took a course in digital literacy, bought a computer and said he wanted to sail on other seas. Unfortunately he passed away due to aggressive cancer. He asked his mother at the funeral to wear the Pescarte project shirt. The Pescarte project is really significant for us and for all participants! We also conducted one of the largest fishing censuses in Brazil and one of the data we obtained is that a large part of the fishing community suffers from food insecurity. All the census data and the project in general have a network of researchers, mainly from the State University Fluminense do Norte Darcy Ribeiro-UENF, who is dedicated to researching all the information, to assist in the direction of public policies. We believe that involving the community in this process, especially traditional communities, is an essential step to really promoting the sustainability of the oceans and fighting hunger.
Maintaining and strengthening the articulation of the Pescarte Project, as well as the research carried out by the Universities involved in this process, with other experiences around the world, will be an honor.


Dr Emily Joy Frost
Jun 7, 2020 at 12:42 AM

Dear Francesca, 

Wonderful question and great work. From reading the replies you are a power house in OL, well done.

I have been very enthusiastic around the role of traditional knowledge and the protection of coastal regions in New Zealand. In New Zealand, the original indigenous population, Maori, have very strong physical and emotional ties with the natural world, especially the ocean. Unfortunately, as is with most places, indigenous knowledge around safe guarding these resources are scarce. This knowledge is, along with contemporary science, indispensable towards our fight to help coastal and open ocean regions from human-based factors and climate change.
To that end, I started a Rangatahi (indigenous children) Ocean Awareness group which focused on SDG14 and the impacts in New Zealand. This is wholly aimed at traditional knowledge and current techniques to kick start discussions around how to use traditional knowledge in current world settings. The entire course is help in the Marae (meeting house), and in strong collaboration with older iwi tribe members.
The program was met with significant applause and a real, near immediate, outcome for Maori in New Zealand, as well as the rest of the community and of course coastal and open ocean regions around New Zealand. In addition, a bit of a side note, but also allowing Maori to name new species; such as the Tubellarian worm I have recently discovered and collaborated with iwi in New Zealand and colleagues across the world such as Belgium Syndesmis kurakaikina (in maori is Kura = red, Kai= to eat, Kina= sea urchin).

I look forward to seeing what others suggest and am very grateful for all that you have done.

Many kind regards,

Dr Emily Joy Frost

Bernardo Mata
Jun 8, 2020 at 6:29 AM


We're working on Escola Azul - Blue School. 210 schools from all over Portugal (and one in Norway) working on ocean literacy with the support of 90 partners and 12 municipalities! 
A big blue community!

Learn more at  https://escolaazul.pt/en.