Its World Oceans Day!

Today is World Oceans Day, when we celebrate our global ocean which regulates our climate, provides food to millions and is used for shipping as well as leisure and tourism.

The global ocean covers over 71% of the Earth surface, and is home to a variety of different ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves and the open ocean, each of which has a specific function within the balance and could potentially hold up to 80,000 undiscovered species.

Over the last 50 years, industries have grown on land and on the sea, creating many issues that concern the health of the marine environment. Major problems such as overfishing, land waste, invasion of non-native species and climate change are only a small section of the general problems that we need to deal with.

We need to raise awareness of the importance of the marine environment to help protect the life that lives within it, not just on this day but everyday.

To celebrate World Oceans Day send us your most inspiring photos of the ocean and its coastline, and we will put them up on the website.

Please send your photos to with the subject line 'World Oceans Day'.