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The Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea Basin Event

The Atlantic Ocean and North Sea basin event was the first one of the series of 5 sea basin events to be organised by the EU4Ocean Coalition.


Supported by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission, the EU4Ocean Coalition held the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea basin event. It was dedicated to the ocean literacy activities in the European countries bordering the area or linked to the Atlantic and the North Sea.

The event brought together the community active or interested in advocacy and raising awareness of the importance of the ocean, marine resources and ocean science for the blue economy and sustainable development of the region. The aim was to exchange good practice, foster partnerships and explore fresh ways of involving the audiences in this sea basin.

The Atlantic Ocean and North Sea basin event was composed of two parts:

  1. The virtual workshop “3 things you didn’t know about the EU4Ocean and Ocean Literacy in the Atlantic and North Sea basin” held at the European Maritime Day conference on 20th May 2021 from 13.15 till 14.35 CET.
    The workshop was designed for professional audiences and stakeholders as well as young people.
  2. The digital Ocean Literacy Festival – Celebrating the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea scheduled on 22nd May 2021 from 9.00 till 20.00 CET, as a special event of the European Maritime Conference and the European Maritime Day In My Country programme.
    The festival activities were aiming at families, young people, pupils, children but also teachers, marine science educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and other professionals and ocean enthusiasts.

The Atlantic Ocean and North Sea basin event also included several youth outreach events: a presentation of the Youth4Ocean Forum, “Meet a Blue Expert” youth outreach event on 20th May 2021, Young Ocean Advocates pitching their projects, and other activities organised by the members of the Youth4Ocean Forum and young people.

The workshop and the festival were free of charge.


To attend the workshop, participatns needed to register for the European Maritime Conference first and then select our workshop on B2Match by adding it to their agenda.

The Ocean Literacy Festival activities and resources are available here. Most of them were video recorded and can still be seen or used at any time.