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2018 NMEA Membership Drive

Posted By Jennifer Magnusson, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

NMEA Membership DriveDear NMEA Members,

The Membership Committee launched the 2018 Membership Drive at NSTA on March 22, and it will continue through Wednesday July 2nd.

This time it will be a bit different! Here is the plan, and the prize is an NMEA Lifetime Membership!

  1. Any existing NMEA member who brings in a new (NOT renewing) member gets an "entry"
  2. Anyone who gets that person to also join their chapter gets a second "entry"
  3. All entries will be placed in a hat and the winner will be drawn from the hat at the conference. Winner gets a lifetime NMEA membership.

Additional details

  • There is google form ( that members fill out for each person they bring in (they can pay for the new member’s membership or just recruit them). There will also be a line on it for if they also join their chapter.
  • Also encourage your “new members” when they fill out the membership registration form to include your name as how they learned about NMEA.
  • Right before the conference, we will verify that they are all actually members.  Then we will print out names and draw from a hat to choose the winner!

The prize of a Lifetime Membership is made possible by a generous donation from our past president, Tami Lunsford. What a wonderful way to give back to NMEA. Thanks, Tami!

Any questions please contact NMEA Membership Committee Chair, Lynn Whitley at

Good luck to all of us for a very successful Membership Drive 2018!  

NMEA Membership Committee
(Bill Andrake, Dave Bader, Mellie Lewis, Diana Payne, Lynn Whitley)

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Check your inbox for our winter newsletter

Posted By Jennifer Magnusson, Saturday, March 10, 2018

Winter 2018 Newsletter

Our winter newsletter is out

It features information about our NMEA Whale of a Share-a-thon at the NSTA conference in Atlanta. It also highlights the latest issue of our journal, Current, a wrap-up of the regional NOSB, registration information for NMEA18, and student opportunities, as well as other news items and reminders! 

Didn't see it in your inbox? No worries, you can access it here, and update your contact email or sign-up for future mailings here >

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AMEA Call for special issue of “Marine education in Asia”

Posted By Jennifer Magnusson, Thursday, February 22, 2018

AMEA LogoIn order to strengthen Asia’s regional marine education academic research, enhance interaction from marine educators, communicate research outcomes, and extend the influence of global marine education, the Asia Marine Educators Association (AMEA) established a research committee in 2017 and decided to publish an academic journal. The first publication will be the special issue of Higher Education Research of Ocean University of China (HEROUC). The first special issue call for topics includes:

  1. Marine education theory research
  2. Academic marine education activities research
  3. National or regional marine education practices
  4. National or regional marine education comparative research
  5. Ocean literacy or marine education evaluation research
  6. National or regional marine education curriculum
  7. National or regional marine education policy
  8. Other research related to marine education or ocean literacy

We expect the first AMEA publication to showcase information about Asia’s marine education, and inspire educators to exchange knowledge about promoting marine education in their countries. This special issue is estimated to comprise 10-12 papers on marine education practices and policy from different countries, and will be printed as hard copies. We will share the journal at the 2018 NMEA conference in Long Beach, CA. The next step of the research committee is to establish the Asia Marine Education Journal, which will be formally announced at the 2019 AMEA conference in China.

For more information please see the website:

Contact: AMEA secretary general Chia-Dai (Ray) Yen,

Tags:  AMEA  international  Ocean Literacy 

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From the Editor - Winter issue of Current is now available online for members

Posted By Jennifer Magnusson, Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Current WInter 2018We’re excited to bring you another general issue of Current featuring articles by NMEA members from all over the country and overseas to provide new ways to discover the “world of water.” In this issue, you’ll find a variety of engaging articles and activities, including how a week-long STEM summer day camp is helping young students learn more about seafloor exploration, as well as how educators are using tools like digital arts, a marine film series, and the Coriolis force in the classroom to inspire students and teachers—along with many other exciting topics!

Please continue to send in your original manuscripts on research, lessons, resources, or strategies focused on marine education, including science, art, literature, and maritime history. The next deadline for submitting articles for consideration in the Summer 2018 general issue of Current is May 14, 2018. And don’t forget to stay connected to the NMEA by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Access the latest issue of Current—happy reading!

Interested in submitting an article to Current? Guidelines for submissions are available here >

Not a member yet? Join NMEA and receive access to Current, as well as all our other member benefits, here >

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Guest Blog by Anne Stewart: CaNOE's role in the global ocean literacy movement

Posted By Jeannette Connors, Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In the first of a three-part series, CaNOE's (Canadian Network for Ocean Education) Co-chair Anne Stewart explains CaNOE's place in the global ocean literacy movement.

CaNOE works to advance ocean literacy in Canada, but not in isolation. CaNOE, and Canadians, benefit by connecting to the global ocean literacy groundswell that is gaining momentum and imbuing ocean optimism.

Internationally, CaNOE has links to networks like the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) in the USA, and the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA). These are professional associations, which, like CaNOE, aspire to an ocean literate citizenry: people who understand the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean. Ocean literate citizens can also communicate about the ocean in meaningful ways and make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean’s well being and its gifts. NMEA is the oldest (40+years) and largest of these organizations, and is a primary proponent of the collaborative and evolving ocean literacy framework. CaNOE and EMSEA are of a similar young age, both arising around the time of the Galway Statement.

The tripartite Galway Statement – signed by the USA, EU and Canada in 2013 – placed ocean literacy as a foundational and crosscutting theme for transatlantic research cooperation. The signing was followed in Europe by substantial financial commitments to the ocean literacy projects Sea Change and ResponSEAble, both funded through Blue Growth, Horizon 2020. These projects are also buoyed by the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance – Coordination and Support Action Project (AORA-CSA). The implementation of the Galway Statement is achieved internationally through AORA with senior tripartite leadership and through tripartite working groups that collaborate on areas of identified mutual cooperation.

Transatlantic cooperation in the Galway sense refers both to the North Atlantic with its Arctic interactions, and to the tripartite countries, unions, and seas on both sides of the North Atlantic. In Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard (DFOCCG) leads and consults nationally throughout the year with the Galway Canadian Marine Working Group. Chairs and co-chairs of identified areas of co-operation also work internationally with their respective AORA working groups. (To help visualize AORA and how it works, see the image below.)

The Trilateral Galway Implementation Committee tasked the AORA Ocean Literacy working group to also work with AORA Aquaculture and AORA Seabed Mapping working groups and to advance the G7 Ministers’ action on plastic in the ocean. With so much going on, the AORA Ocean Literacy working group recently expanded to include leadership from NMEA, EMSEA and CaNOE. This was formalized through a unanimous recommendation by the AORA Ocean Literacy Working Group Co-leads in their contribution to the Galway “Golden Paper” accepted by Galway Implementation Leadership. This formalizes bottom up, as well as top down participation, in boosting ocean literacy across the Atlantic by assuring participation of individuals who are well immersed, dedicated to, and fluently conversant in the drive towards ocean literacy.

The current AORA Ocean Literacy working group has collaborated for four years, since formative transatlantic ocean literacy workshops were held in the UK, Belgium, Sweden and Portugal. CaNOE was there for the entire voyage in its frail little craft, crewed solely by volunteers. There was no funding or travel support from Canada and it was only through the generosity of the European Commission, Portugal, EMSEA, NMEA and AORA-CSA that CaNOE volunteers were able to participate at the transatlantic ocean literacy table. From the inception of the idea of transatlantic ocean literacy, Canada has been involved via CaNOE.

- CaNOE Co-chair Anne Stewart

In November, 2017 CaNOE co-chair was joined by Tara Donaghy, appointed by Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard. Tara is well positioned to make a really positive difference to the future of collaborations and a very warm welcome is extended.

Tags:  EMSEA  guest blog  ocean education  Ocean Literacy 

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NMEA and Maryland Sea Grant: The Perfect Combo

Posted By Jeannette Connors, Thursday, November 2, 2017

If you’re old enough to remember the vintage Reese’s commercial where two passersby bump into each other and say “Hey you got your chocolate in my peanut butter!...Hey you got your peanut butter in my chocolate” and then a voice over says “Two great tastes that taste great together!” you may have reacted the same way I did: with a head-thumping “Of course they go together!” This advertisement popped into my mind when I thought of the way Maryland Sea Grant and the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) enrich and enhance each other like peanut butter and chocolate. Founded just a year apart, the National Marine Educators Association in 1976 and Maryland Sea Grant in 1977, both organizations have histories rich in education, science and public outreach.

Maryland Sea Grant is administered by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Maryland Sea Grant is part of a network of 33 Sea Grant programs around the country and is located a few blocks from the University of Maryland College Park campus.

NMEA is a national organization of members that range from teachers, informal educators, university professors, students, and more from around the world working together to enhance the understanding and safeguarding of our freshwater and marine ecosystems. NMEA has 17 regional chapters that support and promote nationwide initiatives in education and conservation.

So how did these two organizations bump into each other? For many years, NMEA’s National Office was located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. When NMEA needed a new home in 2012, a bid for proposals was issued and peanut butter and chocolate came together when Maryland Sea Grant became the host of NMEA’s National Office in 2013. What stands out to me during this transition period was the way NMEA arrived at Maryland Sea Grant’s doorstep. UPS plunked down in our reception area dozens of boxes, cartons and containers filled with NMEA history, ready to be unpacked, sifted through, re-filed and re-organized into their new living quarters. Around this time, NMEA updated to a computerized membership database system, so things were hopping at the new National Office.

NMEA National Office staff (J. Adam Frederick and Jeannette Connors)A walk through the hallway of the Maryland Sea Grant office offers an illustration of how seamless the transition was and continues to be.  In our reception area, one of the first things you’ll notice is an area rug with an ocean blue background and schools of fish in the foreground. Continue down the hallway and you’ll see gorgeous bay-themed artwork by local artists, as well as various photos of aquatic plants and sea creatures. You’ll hear conversations about aquaculture, education, and ocean conservation. On an especially busy day, you might hear the sounds of video editing and snippets of interviews with scientists, watermen, teachers, Bay pilots, and video shorts on topics like installing a rain garden and seafood safety technology.

Off to one side of the hallway is the NMEA National office, tucked inside the larger Maryland Sea Grant space. In square feet, the National Office consists of one 10 x 12 office, ½ of another 10 x 12 office and some storage space in College Park and Baltimore. Nevertheless, the small space doesn’t affect NMEA’s ability to continue the work that for decades has been done with dedication and enthusiasm. Just like chocolate and peanut butter are perfect companions, Maryland Sea Grant and NMEA are a sweet combination.

- Jeannette Connors, NMEA National Office Manager

Photo: NMEA National Office staff (J. Adam Frederick and Jeannette Connors) at the NMEA 2017 Annual Conference in Charleston, SC


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Guest Blog by AMEA: The 2nd Asia Marine Educators Association Conference

Posted By Jeannette Connors, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The 2nd Asia Marine Educators Association (AMEA) conference took place in Mariveles Bataan Philippines from Sep 5th to 10th, 2017. The theme of the conference from Sept 5th to 8th was summarized by 3Cs "Coordination, Collaboration, Cooperation (3Cs) Towards a Strong Marine Education" . The extended AMEA conference with the theme "Ocean Literacy for Marine Environmental Protection" was from Sept 9th to 10th. There were 23 international marine educators from 11 countries and over 200 local marine educators and maritime students who joined the various activities in the great event. It was after the first formal AMEA conference which took place in 2016 in Taiwan and functioned as the pre-conference for the 2017 AMEA conference. This conference took place over 4 days with an extended AMEA conference hosted by the University of Makati in cooperation with the University of Pasig, Maritime Academy of Asia and Pacific and the Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementers.

The conference coordinator Prof. Angelica Baylon, Ph.D. arranged various impressive activities including dinners hosted by various dignitaries to make the conference amazing. With the full support of MAAP President and AMEA adviser Dr. Prof. VAdm Eduardo Ma R Santos AFP (Ret), all the participants experienced real interactions with each other and had built fond memories during the six-day event. The conference includes 3 keynote speeches 6 countries marine education policy plenary sessions; a scientific workshop session; 20 paper presentations; poolside closing and awarding ceremonies; field trip to Bataan Tourism Center; Mt. Samat Museum; and seafood factory. After the conference and board meeting, Dr. Tsuyoshi Sasaki (Japan) will continue as the AMEA President until 2019. The secretary changes from Emily King (China) to Chia-Dai (Ray) Yen (Taiwan). The conference also made some milestones of AMEA history:

  1. The AMEA conference was endorsed to all HEIS in the Philippines by the Chair of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (Chair Patricia B. Licuanan, PhD) represented by national marine scientist and CHEDHERRC Director Dr. Robert Pagulayan.
  2. Revision of a few AMEA bylaws and agreement upon the AMEA organizational structure. The new structure includes 3 board sub-committees for (1) conference (committee chair: Mo Chen from China), (2) research (committee chair: Yong Ma from China), and (3) education & training (committee chair: Chin Kuo Wu from Taiwan). The board membership increased by 2 new members of the council from Ocean University of China and Bangladesh Marine Academy to 8 countries totaling 15 board members.
  3. There were 23 international marine educators from 11 countries and over 200 local educators and students joined the conference.
  4. First scientific workshop by Dr. Douglas Levin of Washington College, USA.
  5. Registration fee that included 50 USD per delegate to contribute toward funding the conference attendance of 3 scholarships awardees.
  6. First discussion on the integration of maritime education and marine education.
  7. Live Video keynote speech from UNESCO specialist Dr. Francesca Santoro.
  8. Decision by the delegates to participate in the unified concurrent Clean Beach Carnival on October 14, 2017, 13:00-18:00 (GMT+8).

As regards extended AMEA activity – 4th PAEPI International Conference with Theme “Ocean Literacy for the Protection of the Environment“ hosted by the University of Makati in cooperation with the University of Pasig, the Philippine Extension Program Implementers and the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific. The four AMEA Plenary presenters have provided information about AMEA and Ocean Literacy that inspired various marine institutions in the Philippines. The extended AMEA activity with AMEA Chair Dr. Tsuyoshi Sasaki presentation about the role of AMEA encouraged more than 80 higher educational institutions in the Philippines to link and become AMEA members.


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Guest blog by Meghan Marrero - #NMEACleansUp

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The ocean has had a rough few weeks. Earthquakes have cracked its floor and hurricanes have drawn its waters out to sea and over the land. Isn’t it time to do something nice for our Earth’s largest feature?

As an ocean lover like you, it pains me to see the amount of marine debris everywhere I look—plastic bags suspended in the waves, bottle caps on the beach, and fishing line snarled on rocks. A few years back, I was lucky enough to travel to Midway Atoll, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. As a part of the PAA program for educators, I tagged albatross chicks, snorkeled the reefs, and toured historic battlefields.

Albatross chick on Midway

But each day, the tiny island was inundated with marine debris, dumped as the waves crashed onshore. I watched an endangered monk seal pup nursing from her mother, right next to plastic laundry baskets and toys. I saw fluffy albatross chicks sitting in their nests among fishing gear and volleyballs, and sea turtles resting next to plastic water bottles.

Sea turtles and marine debris
The marine debris problem is ubiquitous. I didn’t have to travel to a remote island to observe it with my own two eyes. Whatever beach feels like home to you, salt or fresh, you will likely find cigarette butts, straws, or pieces of foam. While this problem may seem overwhelming, there are concrete steps we can take to help, even a little bit. We can reduce our single-use plastics, or refuse or reuse items instead of recycling or discarding them.

There is also something you can do right now, wherever you are. This Saturday, September 16th, is International Coastal Cleanup Day. This worldwide event is a chance to make a dent in the amount of marine debris traveling in our waterways. Join in your local cleanup, or start one yourself if you can’t find one in your neighborhood. This weekend, let’s share our successes on social media using #NMEACleansUp, demonstrating that together we can make a big impact on our ocean.

I can’t wait to see you online!

- Meghan Marrero, NMEA President-elect

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Check your inbox for our summer newsletter

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer 2017 NewsletterOur summer newsletter is out!

It features tips and reminders to make the most of the annual NMEA17 conference, or to follow along from afar, as we gather in Charleston, SC, this week. It also highlights our latest issue of our journal, Current, youth engagement efforts, as well as other news items and reminders! 

Didn't see it in your inbox? No worries, you can access it here, and update your contact email or sign-up for future mailings here >

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Guest blog by Robert Rocha: A warm welcome

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meg MarreroPlease join the NMEA President’s Chain and Nomination Committee in welcoming Linda Chilton, Laura Diederick, and Catherine Halversen back to the NMEA Board of Directors for a second term, and Steve Stewart to the Board for the first time. Our thanks to everyone who ran for a seat on the Board; we truly appreciate your dedication to NMEA. Congratulations to Meg Marrero as well, who will be our President-elect for 2017-18!


Thank you to both Lisa Ayers Lawrence for her behind-the-scenes work and to Lisa Tossey for posting the nominees’ information and photos to the ballot page. Finally, we extend our thanks to all of you who voted. This was truly a team effort.


Hope to see you in Charleston next week!


- Robert Rocha, NMEA Past-President

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