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NOAA celebrated June 8th as "World Ocean Day" and California's First “Thank You Ocean Day” by bringing 1,200 4th and 5th grade students to Dockweiler Beach in Los Angeles from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Many of these students had never seen the ocean despite living only a few miles away and were in awe of the sights and sounds of their day at the beach.


The students enjoyed lessons on ecosystems and watersheds presented by NOAA Fisheries Service Staff and STAR Ecostation Teachers. Emphasis was made on how they can help keep their beaches clean, and how their actions affect the world ocean and the global community. NOAA organizations participating were NMFS, NWS, and National Marine Sanctuary Program. Other organizations included CA Ocean Communicators Alliance, Waterkeeper Alliance, Surfrider Foundation and Heal the Bay.


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Taken on June 8, 2007