1998 Project Oceanography Fall Series
Year of the Ocean
Year of the Ocean
phyla, brackish, mangroves, seagrasses, International Year of the
Why the Oceans are Important!
In this lesson, we will introduce
you to the first of our three fall units:
Year of the Ocean 98.
In this unit
shows, we will discuss why the ocean
is important, the ocean biosphere,
marine pollution, the methods used to
study the ocean, and the instruments
used for research.
The first lesson
will focus on the importance of the
Why is the ocean important to
every individual on planet Earth, and
why is there a worldwide program the
misuse of oceans?
People enjoy the beauty of the
ocean and the bounty of its waters,
but may not understand that their
everyday actions – boating,
construction, improper waste disposal,
and ignoring protected areas can
impact the ocean and its resources.
Long-term planning for growth,
development and use of coastal areas
is the key to the continued life of the
As part of this effort, Project
Oceanography has dedicated a portion
of its 1998 Fall Schedule to Year of
the Ocean (YOTO).
The declaration of
International Year of
the Ocean (YOTO)
provides an opportunity for
governments, organizations and individuals to raise public
awareness of the role the ocean plays in our lives, and to
initiate changes needed to sustain the marine resources on
which we all depend.
The points that YOTO is hoping to
get across to everyone include:
The importance of the oceans to the health of planet Earth.
Different instruments that we use to study the ocean, and What can we learn?
The importance of marine environments and the organisms in them that are threatened.
Participating in YOTO is easy for everyone, and it can be an ongoing participation.
an abundance of free materials and resources available through government agencies, much of it
via the internet, which you can use in your classrooms for many years.
Now is a good time to
order and download lots of free, high-quality marine educational materials.
Both President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are big supporters of ocean protection.
They are advocating what may prove to be a new era in ocean exploration.
Among many of the
new programs announced in June 1998, the U.S. will review ocean resources and policy to insure
a “cleaner, healthier, marine environment.