The FIMNT was invited to take part in Worlds Ocean Day at the Town Hall on Saturday 9th June 2018 . The events’ focus this year was on the amount of plastic in the ocean and how we can all try to reduce the amount of plastic we use in our daily lives.
The event was supported by a number of local Falkland Islands environmental groups – SAERI, Falklands Conservation, Shallow Marine Surveys Group, and members from the Fisheries, Natural Resources Department and Environmental Department of Government and the local Wise Waste Group.
There was a wide variety of games and activities for visitors to the hall to engage with, both for young and old. Coffee, Tea and biscuits in the shape of starfish and dolphins were available to eat. There was a play area for children.
The Fisheries Department had brought along examples of fish caught in the Islands for people to hold; the Shallow Marine Surveys group had shell fish and starfish, and other marine life for people to hold, look at and study under microscopes.
The FIMNT added a historic perspective with information on the Cape Pembroke Lighthouse, shipwrecks of the Islands as well as activities such as spelling your name in international code flags and hunting for buried treasure. The winner of the treasure was Neve Stanworth who put her pin in closest to the actual spot where the treasure was buried, Sea Dog Island to the South West of Weddell Island.
World Oceans Day has been marked since 2002 and this is the first time events have been held in the Falkland Islands. As well as the interactive events in the Town Hall on the Saturday, talks were held at the Chamber of Commerce on the Friday night with up to 40 people attending in the evening.
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