As residents within the largest ocean on the planet, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) believes strongly in supporting Pacific media to report on ocean issues.
On 8 June this year, World Oceans Day, five new factsheets are launched as part of the Oceans Toolkit for Pacific Media which was launched during World Oceans Day in 2018. These new factsheets span information on ocean acidification, tides, Pacific Ocean Portal and, Pacific sharks.
The five factsheets were developed with support from the Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac). COSPPac is funded by the Australian Government and implemented by the Bureau of Meteorology. The factsheets on the tides and the Pacific Oceans Portal were developed based on those produced by the Pacific Community.
“We recognise the role of our Pacific media in helping make people aware of our ocean challenges and what we can do to conserve and protect. By empowering our media we are working together to protect and restore our ocean,” said Mr Kosi Latu, Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
“This Ocean Toolkit for Pacific media is a much needed tool, not only for our media but also their intended audiences and members of the public.”
The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest ocean for which the Pacific region is heavily dependent upon. It features strongly in Pacific customs and traditions and it is the source of food and income for many. The Pacific Ocean has also carried many Pacific ancestors along to new lands as they navigated voyages from island to island.
There are many challenges effecting ocean health, for which the range of factsheets aims to provide further information to help reporters understand terminology, the science behind these issues, the impact of these and ways we can address the challenges.
The Ocean Toolkit for Pacific Media also covers the topics of our Pacific Ocean, marine plastic debris, and our coral reefs. Issues of importance to our Pacific island communities for which a growing awareness and understanding of, can help informed decision making.
“These factsheets are the result of partnerships between many, and we look forward to them being used across our island region by our Pacific media, and others that would like to learn of emerging ocean issues. It is be working together that we can protect and restore our ocean,” said Mr Latu.