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Year of the Ocean
The United Nations has declared 1998 as the International Year of the Ocean (YOTO). The YOTO goal is to promote public awareness and understanding of the value of the sea, its resources and marine activities to the national welfare. The government must strive to promote exploration, sustainable use and conservation of the sea.

Everyday the Navy has people who give their time to safeguarding the environment in their own communities and in communities they visit on deployment. For the Navy, everyday is Earth Day. Through YOTO, the Navy has the unique opportunity to celebrate its role in understanding, managing, exploring, using and conserving our ocean.