World Oceans Day, held every June, is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. People all over our blue planet organize celebrations and community events to support actions to protect the oceans.

This year, the global theme is Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet. Accelerating changes in the Global climate and economy have direct and dynamic effects on the health of the World’s oceans and people. As an inland sea, the Bras d’ Or Lake can be both a model of ecosystem-based management for ocean health, and an indicator for monitoring the health of the worlds’ oceans.

The World Oceans Day event in Iona Nova Scotia June 2106, will explore what communities, institutions and residents around the Bras d’Or estuary can do to increase resilience in the face of global climate changes and economic pressures.

Since increasing resiliency to these forces requires a solid understanding of the science of the ecosystems and the practice of management, this year’s event will examine the roles that Research, Education and Institutions such as the proposed Àros na Mara Marine Science and Energy Center can play in supporting community resiliency.

Àros na Mara World Oceans Day 2016 – Program Overview

Thursday, June 2nd

8PM–10PM Bras d’Or Lake Trivia

Community Partner Host: Iona Heights Inn

Friday, June 3rd

5PM–9PM Friday Evening Legion Fish Supper and Ceilidh

Community Partner Host: Grandona Branch #124 Royal
Canadian Legion

Saturday, June 4th

10 AM–12:30PM Market Under the Tent

1PM–7PM Bras d’ Or Lake TALKS (NEW this year)
with delegates Lobster Reception

2PM–4PM Grand Narrows Family Day and Bras d’Or Lake Lobster
Boil - Eat In or Take Out

Community Partner Host: Grand Narrows Waterfront
Development Society

5PM–8PM Pub – Live Music Ceilidh

Community Partner Host: Iona Heights Inn

9PM–1 AM Grandona Legion Dance featuring Silver Moon

Sunday, June 5th

NOON Iona Public Wharf – Official Opening with Sweet Grass Ceremony

NOON–4:30PM St Columba Parish Centre
Ocean Industry, Careers and Education Related
Exhibition Trade Show

NOON–4:30PM  Iona Port and adjacent beach
Family Oriented Activities & Entertainment
Key Note Address – Dr. Bruce Hatcher, Cape Breton University

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Pub Night
Community Partner Host: Iona Heights Inn

Information and Registration:
For Registration Contact:
Randy Pointkoski – Event Coordinator

Event Information can be found at

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