SHOAL App linkThe IOC is working to support ocean research institutes around the world to strengthen public engagement and build greater ocean literacy. The IOC Ocean Literacy Action Plan and Strategy has been developed as support to the IOC Capacity Development Strategy, which has an output dedicated to increased visibility and awareness. 

The latest IOC Ocean Literacy Plan of Action can be found here

An Ocean Literacy Portal has been developed to serve as a 'one-stop shop' in universally providing resources and content to all. Different education and information resources, projects, tools, methods, reports, programmes and materials can be found on the website. It also includes the Ocean Literacy toolkit. The Portal platform is also integrated with the SHOAL app - the 'social hub of ocean action and literacy'.

At the 31st Assembly of the IOC, a proposal to establish an IOC Group of Experts on Ocean Literacy was endorsed, with these initial Terms of Reference.

UK Contributions

The UK contributed to the review of the IOC Ocean Literacy Plan of Action, with two contributions including from John Parr (see Annex 3 here). The UK is also involved with the UN Ocean Decade Action 'Ocean Literacy With All', represented by the Ocean Conservation Trust. 

UK Contact - John Parr (MBA, Sea Change Coordinator)