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Reunion Island celebrates World Oceans Day

Reunion Island celebrates World Oceans Day ( World Oceans Day, celebrated every June 8 since 2009, aims to raise awareness about better management of oceans and their resources. On Reunion Island, the Indian Ocean will be honored from this Friday, June 6, until Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Celebrated around the world, World Oceans Day follows the vote of the UN General Assembly and is a day that offers the opportunity to inform the general public about issues related to the protection of the oceans, and to also stimulate the desire to adopt sustainable behavior and to provide individual and collective courses of action for improved management of marine resources. Happenings take place simultaneously around the world through fun activities and concrete actions.

For this new edition of World Oceans Day, Reunion Island, a real hot spot of marine biodiversity, invites people on a journey to discover its underwater ocean life. The Indian Ocean and the exceptional biological richness of this marine volcanic island provides many colors and shapes of corals and plant life along with parrot fish, moray eels, dolphins, rays, clown fish, green turtles, humpback whales, and more.

On Reunion Island, World Ocean Day invites people to the beach of Petit Boucan, where from this Friday, June 6, 2014, CCSTI Sciences (Culture Centre Scientific and Industrial Technology) is organizing a free evening in Cape Lobster from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. In order to raise public awareness about the marine environment, a screening of the World Festival of Underwater Pictures will take place on Cape Lobster on the beach of Petit Boucan. In this fifth edition, a photo exhibition and musical performance will be on the program. Bernard Bee, musician (singing whales), and Remi Attuyt, director of the World Festival of Underwater Pictures of Marseille, will be guests at the event. More information is available at

On Sunday, June 8, 2014, the association is organizing an ocean life event, “A graph for the lagoon," on the beach near the Hermitage restaurant K`banon, one of the best graffiti artists of the island, will conduct a fresco depicting Reunion Island lagoon from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.

This event is organized in partnership with the National Marine Reserve of Reunion Island, the restaurant and the K`Banon Globice associations, SREPEN, Sciences Meeting, Lion`s Club, and Kose Conte. All partners will host outreach booths to inform the public about the richness and fragility of the marine environment.

Animations and stories will enable children and adults to discover the marine environment in a fun way. On this occasion, the underwater trail of the Hermitage will be open for guided tours conducted with leaders of the National Natural Marine Reserve of Reunion Island.

To end the day and to open the whale season, Bernard Bee will perform a song that will involve interaction with the public.

Program for June 8, 2014:

8:00 am: Start the graph

9:30 am: Public reception on stands Life Ocean, Marine Reserve, Globice, SREPEN, and Lion`s Club

10:00 am: Early visits underwater trail Hermitage with the Marine Reserve

11:00 am: Children`s Stories Told with Kose

4:00 pm: Tales Told for Children with Kose

4:30-5:00 pm: Concert “Singing Whale" cello with Bernard Bee

Inauguration of the graph

5:30 pm: Closing Event

MEDIA CONTACT: Reunion Island Tourism Board, Tel: +33 810 160 000, Fax: +262 262 21 00 21, Web:

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