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Divers unite for World Oceans Day 2014

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Today is the day when we honor our oceans as we celebrate World Oceans Day. Not only is it a day to give thanks to the beauty of our undersea world, but it also brings exciting activities affecting the future of our resplendent oceans.

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The History of Diving Museum is proud to be presenting a live chat with the aquanauts from Florida International University who are currently participating in Mission 31, which is a 31-day stay under the sea at the Aquarius Reef Base. Go for a virtual tour of the Aquarius to get insight into the initiative itself and discuss with presenters the ongoing FIU research in the marine underworld. Leader of the mission is the famously recognized ocean expert, Fabien Cousteau. This is the only underwater research lab of its kind, 63 feet below and extremely close to the coast of Key Largo. The chat takes place today at the History of Diving Museum located at 82990 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, Fl 33036. You must RSVP to Aileen Soto at asoto@fiu.edu. Admission to the museum prior to an hour before the chat will be half price so take advantage and learn all about Aquarius Reef Base.

Also having a heavy influence over this World Oceans Day is Project Aware. Each and every day of the year they are working hard to protect our oceans and building a strong family with divers like you and me whose assistance they seek to spread the word and do our parts as we dive again and again. Make your fellow divers aware of factors that are destroying our marine ecosystem's delicate balance which includes culprits such as marine debris that is quickly endangering the oceans and the life that inhabits it. Become a proud member of this organization that is continuing to craft solutions to the marine debris situation on a more global level at meetings in Belgium and the United Kingdom. Even more is being done to further protect rays, mantas and sharks. Conferences are taking place in South Africa to take it even further. Most of all, Project Aware is joining scientists, policy experts, advocates and lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to address sustainable fisheries, marine pollution and ocean acidification.

No matter how you celebrate World Oceans Day, make every moment count as you pay tribute to nature's glorious world below the surface.

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