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#WeAreNMEA - Fostering Ocean Literacy in Asia with Tsuyoshi Sasaki

Posted By Jennifer Magnusson, Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tsuyoshi SasakiTsuyoshi Sasaki 佐々木剛

Professor, Department of Ocean Policy and Culture

Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Tsuyoshi Sasaki is a Professor at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology and Director of the Japan Aquatic Marine Environmental Education Association since 2006. His responsibilities are to link scientists, government, schools, and communities on issues ranging from aquaculture to water quality to fisheries and ecotourism across different disciplines to solve problems that stretch from the mountains to the coast. Taking this community-ecosystem-based approach, it is the idea that aquatic marine environmental education programs will integrate environmental, economic, and social expertise to find local sustainable solutions. Dr. Sasaki is also the Chairman of the Asia Marine Educators Association (AMEA).

Asia marine educators connected with Ocean Literacy

Dr. Sasaki describes the importance of his work in Ocean Literacy:

“Although we all have different individualities with respect to each other, at the root of all of our lives is a connection with nature. In particular, without the sea we cannot live. It is therefore not an exaggeration to say that all humans are connected via the sea. In that sense, Ocean Literacy has an important role to remove the boundaries of our mind and to connect each of us to others throughout the world. In this way, the significance of Ocean Literacy cannot be overstated.

Our group is working with Forest-River-Ocean Nexus Education, FRON-E. By waking up the consciousness of these connections, a fundamental relationship with nature will be nurtured and a society of sustainable peace can be developed. It is an important role of marine educators in Asia to engage in regional educational activities for that purpose.”

Pictured below are the Japan-Taiwan Forest-River-Ocean Nexus exchange program (left) and the Japan-Indonesia Forest-River-Ocean Nexus student exchange program (right).

Japan-Taiwan Forest-River-Ocean Nexus exchange programJapan-Indonesia Forest-River-Ocean Nexus student exchange Program

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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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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: International Ocean Literacy Survey update

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, March 20, 2017

We would like to provide everyone with an update on the progress we have made with the International Ocean Literacy Survey, and to once again thank everyone for their support and participation in this all-volunteer effort across 24 countries. 

We administered Version 2 of the survey last fall in order to test the survey items themselves to see if they functioned well individually and together as a survey. The survey was taken by almost 7,000 students ages 16-18 years old in 17 languages in 24 countries! We are impressed and optimistic at how well the survey performed.

The results in the infographic below are only for the Ocean Literacy knowledge portion of the survey. We are still analyzing the results for the attitude portion of the survey, and we will send those findings later this spring. (You can also download this infographic in PDF format here > )

OL Survey Infographic 1

OL Survey Infographic 2

OL Survey Infographic 3

Our next steps are:

  • If you helped us collect data by administering the survey in your country and would like to have access to your raw data, please contact us. We are currently working on developing a system to prep the data for you.
  • We will be convening an expert, international advisory panel to review and guide our efforts to ensure both the content validity and the statistical integrity of the work we are doing.
  • We will be revising and updating the survey based on the findings and the contributions from the advisory panel. Version 3 of the survey will be ready for the next round of testing by the beginning of the next academic year.

Again, we deeply appreciate everyone's help and are confident that together we will develop a valid, reliable, and valuable tool that can be used around the world to measure and inform our progress toward building an ocean literate society!

Craig Strang
Géraldine Fauville
Mac Cannady

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Guest Blog by Géraldine Fauville: International ocean literacy survey expands to 16 languages

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, September 1, 2016

In a blog post last May, we introduced the first steps toward creating an International Ocean Literacy Survey. In this post, we will provide an update, and once again invite you join this 16 language, collaborative effort to measure our progress in building global ocean literacy. If you have access to 16-18 year old students, you can play a critical role in Round 2 of this spirited and entirely volunteer effort. Here is the link to provide to your students > 

Some Background: At the 2015 European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA)  Conference in Crete many of us discussed the urgent need to measure progress in the development of ocean literacy in our respective countries, regions, and even programs. We agreed to work together as a community to develop a common, widely accepted instrument to measure ocean literacy. The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Gothenburg; and members of the EMSEA community took the lead on this unfunded, grassroots project by contributing survey items and gathering many others from marine educators throughout Europe and the U.S. who generously shared their intellectual property for this community effort. We edited and assembled the items into a comprehensive survey of ocean literacy, which was administered to 415 students last June in our first field test. Now we are ready for Round 2 of testing!

The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) and Asian Marine Educators Association (AMEA), and Canadian Network of Ocean Educators (CaNOE) are now officially supporting and involved in the development of the project. Partners around the world volunteered to contribute additional items and to translate the survey into 16 languages. This version of the survey, which includes items measuring ocean knowledge and marine environmental attitudes, is now being disseminated through the networks of AMEA, CaNOE, EMSEA, NMEA and Scientix. It takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Now we need your help. We need as many 16-18 year olds as possible, all around the world, to take the survey to help us test and improve it.

Here is what you can do:

If you are a high school teacher (any subject) or if you have access to any children ages 16-18, please give this survey to your students to complete online as soon as possible. Here is the link >

We need as many responses as possible before September 15, 2016. If your students respond by then, the data will be analyzed and used in a presentation at the 2016 EMSEA conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in October. Responses after September 15 will still be used, and we need as many responses as possible, regardless of the date.

If you are not a high school teacher, please contact the teachers you know and ask them to give this survey to their students. Feel free to use or link to this post when you ask teachers for their help.

Please be sure to send us an email telling us that you are helping so that we can acknowledge you in all future publications.

What happens with the data? Data from this second field test will be analyzed centrally at Lawrence Hall of Science, and partners will be able to access their own data. Once the data are analyzed we will eliminate some questions that do not test well, and add in (and translate) new ones contributed by the community. We will continue testing the survey until we are satisfied that we have a truly valid and reliable, open-source, comprehensive international ocean literacy survey that can be freely used by educators in around the world.

Here is the inspiring list of languages that are being used to administer the International Ocean Literacy Survey:

  • Catalan
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Croatian
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Arabic and Romanian will be added in the next round of testing. If you do not find your native language in the list above, please contact us if you are interested in helping us with additional translations.

Thanks so much for your help! Please contact us with comments or suggestions.

Mac Cannady, Lawrence Hall of Science
Géraldine Fauville, University of Gothenburg and EMSEA Board of Directors, NMEA Board of Directors
Craig Strang, Lawrence Hall of Science and Chair, NMEA Ocean Literacy Committee

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