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Ocean literacy is the understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean.

An ocean-literate person: 

  • Understands the importance of the ocean to humankind
  • Communicates about the ocean in a meaningful way
  • Makes informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources

There are seven ocean literacy principles:

Ocean Literacy Principle 1.  The Earth has one big ocean with many features.

Ocean Literacy Principle 2.  The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth.

Ocean Literacy Principle 3.  The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.

Ocean Literacy Principle 4.  The ocean made the Earth habitable.

Ocean Literacy Principle 5.  The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.

Ocean Literacy Principle 6.  The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.

Ocean Literacy Principle 7.  The ocean is largely unexplored.