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Surrey Celebrates World Oceans Day

People looking at tide pools

June 9, 2013

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey celebrated World Oceans Day on Sunday, June 9th at Blackie Spit Park with a free community event hosted in partnership with the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society.

“World Oceans Day is an opportunity to celebrate the importance of protecting and respecting our world oceans,” said Mayor Dianne Watts on behalf of Council. “World Oceans Day is also a great way to wrap-up and celebrates the success of Surrey’s Environmental Extravaganza, a series of more than 70 events and programs that help bring awareness on the importance of our environment.”

Local naturalists were on hand to lead guided walks of the beach, introducing participants to the diversity of the creatures that call our shorelines home. Marine “touch tanks” also allowed some up-close views of local sea-life. The event featured live entertainment by GoGo Bonkers and the Princess Margaret Secondary School band, games and activities for all ages, and interactive displays from over 30 community groups.

World Oceans Day is an internationally recognized day to celebrate and honour the world’s oceans: what they provide and represent to people, their role in the health of our planet, and their intrinsic value. The City of Surrey has been partnering with local not-for-profit group, the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society, to celebrate World Ocean Day at the beautiful seaside Blackie Spit Park since 2003.

“This year’s event marked Surrey’s 10th annual World Oceans Day community celebration, with plans to keep this an annual event for years to come, said Councillor Hepner, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee. “World Oceans Day and the Extravaganza event series bring to light the importance of every individual chipping in to do their part to be good stewards of Surrey’s environment,” said Councillor Hayne, Chair of the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee.

Surrey’s World Oceans Day Celebration was the final event of the 16th Annual Environmental Extravaganza, a seven-week series of free environmental events and programs taking place throughout Surrey between Earth Day and World Oceans Day.

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For further information contact:

Neal Aven
Urban Forestry & Environmental Programs Manager

Margaret Cuthbert
President, Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society