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World Ocean Day Forum and Essay Competition Award Ceremony  Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 June 2010 00:00

June 8 is set aside as World Ocean’s Day and Oceana will be discussing the topic of Offshore Oil Drilling and its legal ramification for the people of Belize. 
 
A public forum will be held to mark World Ocean Day on June 8, 2010 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Radisson Fort George Caracol Room.  The general public is invited to attend and participate in the discussion of off-shore drilling in Belize. 

As part of the forum there will be a presentation on “The Belize Case for Offshore Drilling.”  Presenters will speak about the legal realities in Belize, the economic impact to existing sectors and the environmental implications for Belizeans.   

The forum will also be the occasion at which the winners of the Essay competition will be announced and awarded their respective prizes.  The competition held under the topic “Offshore Oil Exploration and Drilling – is it good for our People and Oceans?” has seen participation in all three categories:
 
CATERGORY I – individual/General. Participant must be at 16 years and older.  Prize: - an all expense paid trip for the winner and 9 friends to the Blue Hole (group limit applies) – sponsored by Hugh Parkey, Belize Audubon Society and Oceana 

CATEGORY II - High School – (essay can be written and submitted by an individual student or a group of students - but must be submitted through the school). Prize: an all day expense paid trip for 25 to snorkel at Hol Chan Marine Reserve – donated by Oceana,  SEAduced by Belize & Elito Arceo; 

CATEGORY III – Tertiary Institution - (could be written and submitted by an individual student or a group of students – but must be submitted through the school). Prizes: Dive or snorkel for the winner and three friends at Whale Shark Zone – sponsored by AVADON Divers; SEA (Southern Environmental Association) and Oceana and one night stay for four at Laru Beya Resort in Placencia donated by Ian McField for the winner and guests.