The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic got Oceans Month off to a great start today, May 31, and will follow with a fun, free event on Friday, June 3. The museum kicked off the awareness month today, setting the stage for what is to come in June. The event included a number of displays and outlined plans for the June 3 event to celebrate World Oceans Day, which is actually June 8. A United Nations General Assembly resolution in 2008 officially recognizes the day each year. “No matter where you are in Nova Scotia the ocean is never very far away,” said Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage David Wilson. “This is an opportunity to celebrate our connection to the sea and highlight the many ways it makes life better for families in every region.” On June 3, marine, oceans and bio-diversity groups will join the museum for World Oceans Celebration. The event will include free admission and to the museum, and CSS Acadia, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include a number of interactive ocean and marine displays. “Our maritime heritage is intricately linked to the ocean and our coastlines,” said Kim Reinhardt, Manager of the Maritime Museum. “We are pleased to launch, with our partners, a month of oceans celebrations.” The Maritime Museum’s website, http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mmanew/en/home/whattoseedo/oceansmonth2011.aspx, will share public events being held in June. People can also find information by following @nsoceans on Twitter, visiting the nsocean’s YouTube channel, joining the World Oceans Day group on Facebook and reading the blog at http://nsoceans.wordpress.com/ . Today’s kickoff included displays from Waterfront Development Corporation, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Natural Resources Canada, Clean Nova Scotia, Provincial Oceans Network from the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Clean Nova Scotia, Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee, International Oceans Institute and Dalhousie University. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.