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Ocean Conference in Kovalam

Planet Ocean Foundation and OceanLove, supported by Uday Samudra Hotels & Resorts and Bond Ocean Safari Kovalam, is organizing an Ocean Conference on 8th June 2018 at 3 pm. The event will be conducted at Uday Samudra Hotel in Kovalam, Thriuvananthapuram. “We have a host of eminent people and subject matter experts from various reputed institutions, NGOs and organizations speaking on a wide range of subjects related to the oceans at this conference. They will emphasis how important the oceans are for sustaining life. Be part of this worldwide campaign,” said Jackson Peter, Managing Director, Bond Ocean Safari Kovalam.

K R Jyothilal IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Fisheries and Ports, will unveil the logo of Planet Ocean Foundation and deliver the inaugural address. L P Chither, Director of Suchithwa Mission, Government of Kerala will deliver the keynote address. The topics for the conference includes Ocean Literacy: The way forward; Green Protocol, Consumer Behaviour and Alternatives to plastics; Role of Indian Coast Guard in Ocean Conservation; An overview of Marine Bio Diversity in Kerala coast and Ocean Environment and coastal community. Dr A Biju Kumar, Dean of Science, University of Kerala and Professor, Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries; Shibu K Nair, Director of Thanal; V K Varghese, Commandant and Commanding Officer, Indian Coast Guard, Thiruvananthapuram; Dr Linda John, Principal Scientific Officer, Kerala State Biodiversity Board; and Dr Clement Lopez, Director, Centre for Community Development will address the audience on the selected topics.

Covering about 71 per cent of the planet’s surface, ocean plays a pivotal role in sustaining life as we know it today. Human interventions are ruining this fragile marine ecosystem. It is, therefore important that we create an awareness about the importance of the oceans. The United Nations declared 1998 as the International Year of the Ocean to promote public awareness and understanding of the oceans. On 8th June each year, we celebrate the World Ocean Day (WOD) and the theme of WOD this year is “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean,” said Raja Gopaal Iyer, CEO, Uday Samudra Hotels and Resorts.