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Connect with us on Pinterest, Instagram & Storify for NMEA 2014

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, July 17, 2014

NMEA 2014 hotelGet social with us for the 2014 annual conference

Our conference Storify is up and running, and we'll be curating our favorite social media from the conference, including Tweets, photos, and video! Check back often - the newest content will always be at the top.

Our Pinterest boards will also be useful if you're attending - one highlights conference events, and two others give ideas what to check out around Annapolis and around the region

We will also be posting photos on our new Instagram account - you can find us on there at the same handle as our Twitter account: @NatlMarineEd

And finally, don't forget to keep an eye on our Facebook page and follow and use the hashtag #NMEA14 for all conference-related posts! 

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July 2014 Newsletter

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July 2014 newsletter
Our summer newsletter is out! It provides a preview of our national conference, which kicks off next week, introduces the new editor of our peer-reviewed journal,
Current, highlights the IPMEN 2014 conference, and more!

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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An update from the 2014 IPMEN Conference - Guest blog & photos by Craig Strang

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Saturday, July 12, 2014

I'm at the International Pacific Marine Educators Network Conference in Tokyo and Iwate Prefecture in Japan. It is the 5th biennial conference of the organization. I was the keynote speaker at the first two meetings, and am making a presentation later this afternoon. Yesterday (July 11) was the conference field trip day. We visited Tsukiji, the Tokyo Fish Market, the largest in the world. It was an amazing, incredible, overwhelming experience.

Walking the aisles in the world's largest fish market

Cutting a tuna on a band saw

I saw more species of marine life at the market than I have ever seen in any public aquarium, including forms of life that I hardly knew existed, much less that they are edible. I had strongly conflicting feelings. While it was fascinating and fun to see, it was also disturbing for me to understand that we are taking that much marine life out of the ocean--every day--just at Tsukiji. I wondered if the photos I took might someday not too far off, provide a historic record for my grand children of how much life there USED TO BE in the ocean.

I visited Tsukiji once before in 2008 and saw large amounts of whale meat for sale in several locations. I asked our guide if our group could see whale meat this time. He said that because there is so much international pressure, they no longer let tourists visit the areas where whale meat is sold.

Octopuses at Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

Box of tunicates at Tsukiji Fish Market

 Squid at Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

Later in the day, we went aboard the Shinyo Maru, the research vessel of the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT). We heard about the fisheries research being conducted by the ship. A representative of the Japan Ministry of Education also told us about the network of 41 fisheries high schools in Japan that train young people for careers in the fisheries industry. He told us that in the 1960s there were 52 fisheries high schools. The number of schools is declining because of the decline of the fishing industry. Japan is slowly running out of fish--a confirmation of my uncomfortable impressions at Tsukiji an hour earlier.

The Shinyo Maru, the research vessel for Tokyo University of Marine Science & Technology

Having tea aboard the Shinyo Maru. NMEA members from L to R: Evy Copejans, Karen Mastumoto, Karen Blyler, Geraldine Fauville, Judy Lemus, Peter Tuddenham

Tomorrow (July 13) the entire conference leaves Tokyo to travel by bus to Iwate Prefecture to visit the area devastated by the March 11, 2011, tsunami. We will learn more about the impact of the tsunami, the recovery efforts, and the planning to prepare for the next tsunami.

This morning (July 12), Professor Tsuyoshi Sasaki, the conference chair and Nobuaki Okamato, the President of TUMSAT, welcomed us to the Conference, followed by some thoughtful remarks by Harry Breidahl, Past President of the Marine Education Society of Australia, and NMEA Past President Mike Spranger about the history of IPMEN. Tsuyoshi arranged for several groups of junior high and high school students to present about their own original research projects. The students were fantastic, presenting fairly technical topics all in English.

Tsuyoshi Sasaki translating for the representative from Ministry of Education who oversees the 41 Fisheries High Schools

I was most moved by a group of high school students from Iwate Prefecture who were studying marine debris after the March 11 tsunami  devastated their community. They ended up wanting to do something to decrease marine debris in their community, so they made a very clever, fairly substantive video about how sea turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and end up choking on them. The approximately five minute video used animation with pictures of two turtles on popsicle sticks. The turtles are friends, and one eats a plastic bag and dies, the other is very upset. “Where is Yasuki? What happened to him?” the surviving turtle friend asks plaintively. They anthropomorphized the turtles in a childlike and emotionally compelling manner that portrayed sadness but also confusion about sudden loss of a “friend.”

High School students from Iwate who made the video about plastic bags and turtles

I couldn’t help but think that those turtles carried some of their animators’ suppressed anguish about losing friends, parents, homes. I wondered, did one of these lovely 15-year-olds lose a parent to the wave? What were these kids’ lives like three years ago today? I asked a question about whether the students had made videos before or was this their first? They said tersely it was their first.

Their teacher stood up in the back of the room and said that he helped them to learn the technical skills they needed but that they had written the script, done all the shooting, editing, and production. Then he said, “The students, they never talk about the tsunami. Never talk about it. So, I help them to communicate using video.” Later at lunch, the teacher told me that one of the boys who made the video has been very quiet since the March 11 event and that today, he saw that boy smile for the first time in many months.

Author Craig Strang is Associate Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California-Berkeley and a past-president of the National Marine Educators Association.

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Participate in the International Pacific Marine Educators Network from afar!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, July 7, 2014

IPMEN logo
Are you interested in international marine education, particularly in the Pacific? If so, register to participate online in the 2014 International Pacific Marine Educators Network biennial conference, being held July 12 in Tokyo (July 11-12 in the United States - see time conversions below).

The conference begins with opening remarks from the president of Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT) followed by presentation from students from Konan Junior High School, Yamawaki Gakuen Junior and High School, Kuji Junior High School and Misaki Junior High School and then TUMSAT professor Jota Kanda on radionuclides observation in biota off the coast of Fukushima after the nuclear power plant accident. IPMEN 2014 is being held in Japan to help bring hope back to the people of that devastated region.

Next, IPMEN attendees will deliver 18 presentations (in two concurrent sessions) on topics that address coastal recreation areas devastated by natural disasters; preparing coastal areas for natural disasters; balancing traditional knowledge with science and technology, including within the fisheries industry; and fostering an understanding of food cultures and traditions, including within fisheries.

IPMEN 2014 participants include four past NMEA presidents as well as marine educators from Australia, Belgium, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand and the United States. Indonesia is anticipated to have a strong presence at the conference and may host the 2016 IPMEN conference.

If you are considering registering to participate online, please join us on July 8 at 3:30 p.m. Hawaii (6:30 p.m. Pacific or 9:30 p.m. Eastern) to take a test run of the videoconference system that will be used. You’ll be impressed by the quality and user-friendliness of the Blue Jeans system. If you decide to register, cost is only $50 per person or per group, and group participation is encouraged!

The conference can be viewed real-time or asynchronous. For more information or to sign up to take the test run, please email Sylvia Spalding at

Or if you are ready to register for the conference, go here and scroll down to 'Video Conference registration' >

Special thanks to NMEA, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and the College of Exploration for sponsoring the web component of IPMEN Japan 2014!

Time conversions for IPMEN Japan 2014 conference

  • Japan: July 12 (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hawaii: July 11 (Friday) from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pacific: July 11-12 (Friday-Saturday) from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Eastern: July 11-12 (Friday-Saturday) from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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Q&A with Jane Rubinsky - the new editor of Current

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, June 30, 2014

1) What intrigued you about serving as editor of Current?

Well, before I knew I would be a writer, I was interested in the life sciences. In high school, my imagination was captured by the documentary series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, which began running on television in the late 60s, and I briefly considered studying oceanography. I grew up around boats and the water, because my father was in the Coast Guard for many years and then retired to run his own marine electronics business.Jane Rubinsky

A lot of my writing and editing work has centered around the performing arts. But when I was looking for a new job after many years at Juilliard, I was open to a variety of paths and was trying to identify those that most interested me. I share an afternoon’s ride on the Water Taxi with friends almost every summer, and they always settle in the air-conditioned, windowed cabin while I head immediately for the ladder to the upper deck. That year, I felt a lightness and joy expanding inside me as the wind blew through my hair and my nostrils filled with the briny air (yes, the Hudson River is a tidal estuary) and I suddenly thought, “I love this! I could be involved with anything to do with the ocean!”

That experience, combined with already having worked in an educational environment, led me first to the New York State Marine Education Association, and from there to the NMEA.

2) What excites you most about taking the helm of this journal?

I’ve been writing and editing for three decades, but this is a new area for me professionally. I’m looking forward to learning a lot and working with interesting people!

3) How do you see Current evolving in the future - particularly in the digital realm?

I think Current deserves a much wider audience. So many of my friends seem to know someone involved with marine science in some capacity; their eyes light up when I’ve mentioned this. I’ve yet to explore the ways in which the NMEA is growing and changing and how Current can help reflect that, but digital publishing will certainly play a part.

4) Will you be able to attend our national conference in Annapolis this summer?

I wish I could … but other obligations make that an impossibility this year. But next year, who knows?

5) What is your favorite marine critter?

It would have to be the seahorse, which has intrigued me ever since I examined a dried one as a child. (The practice of preserving them as souvenirs has contributed to their endangerment, but I didn’t know that when I was eight or nine.) They seem like magical, made-up creatures: a fish that wears its skeleton on the outside, swims upright with that rapidly vibrating dorsal fin, moves its eyes independently of each other, changes color, has a prehensile tail, dances during courtship, greets its mate every morning during gestation – and on top of all that, the males give birth! If they didn’t exist, Hans Christian Andersen or J.M. Barrie would have had to invent them. Despite their otherworldly qualities, their lives seem pretty hard; they are poor swimmers and must eat constantly to keep going. I’ve never seen live ones in action, but would love to someday.

Jane Rubinsky6) What’s a fun fact that most folks don’t know about you?

Most people who’ve met me within the past 15 years have no idea that I used to be a dancer, and that dance was actually my major at Mount Holyoke College. But the secret is out now, because I just performed in the ensemble for a contemporary dance adaptation of Romeo and Juliet with the Hudson Guild Theatre Company in Manhattan in June – returning to the stage some 34 years after my last public appearance!

You can connect with Jane on LinkedIn and on  Twitter at the handle @HeightsCat.


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We'll be seeing you at the conference this time next month!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, June 24, 2014
NMEA14 is just a month away, so we thought we'd share a few pics of the venue to get you even more excited! Our "home" will be the Loews Annapolis Hotel, which not only has a fitting maritime theme, but is also in the heart of historic Annapolis, steps away from great eateries and shops! 

The concurrent session schedule is now available on the conference site, so you can start planning your schedule, and don't forget to sign up for a field trip - they are filling fast! Check out our Pinterest board to see where all the great trips go. 

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NMEA Membership Drive - It's the Final Countdown!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, June 6, 2014

In case you haven't heard (because we're just a little bit excited about it!), we're in the final days of our first-ever Membership Drive! We've so thrilled that so many of you have chosen to join us during the time and we look forward to getting to know you better. 

If you haven't joined us yet, here's a recap of the fabulous raffle prizes you could win if you join by this Sunday, June 8 (World Oceans Day). 


  • GoPro camera
  • Life on an Ocean Planet classroom set of materials from Current Publishing
  • Sustainable seafood cookbook provided by Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch
  • World Oceans Day t-shirt donated by The Ocean Project
  • Ocean DVD's from MacGillivray Freeman Films including the Academy Award nominated "The Living Sea"
  • "Ocean Soul" by Brian Skerry donated by National Geographic
  • Beach towels
  • Starbucks gift cards

Thank you to our friends and supporters for providing these raffle items in support of our Membership Drive. Find out more about NMEA and join us here > 

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Guest Blog by Bill Mott: Together, we have the power to protect the ocean

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, June 6, 2014

World Oceans DayOnce a year, the world has a special opportunity to honor our shared ocean that connects us all, no matter where we live. From California to Kansas to Connecticut, the ocean affects each of us and each of us affects the ocean. World Oceans Day, June 8th, provides a time to reflect on how we all depend on a healthy ocean for our survival and how each one of us can help with the solutions to create a more sustainable society and a healthier ocean.

On and around June 8th, people around the globe will join with their communities to celebrate this year's World Oceans Day theme of “Together we have the power to protect the ocean.” This event serves as a global rallying point for raising awareness and promoting personal and community action in fun and positive ways. This year there are already hundreds of events organized to help individuals be part of the solution to environmental issues by supporting clean energy choices, trash-free coasts and beaches, sustainable seafood, and more. 

World Oceans DayThe concept for a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The Ocean Project "adopted" this event in 2002. At that time, there were no events in the U.S. and very few worldwide. We envisioned this event growing as a global platform to capture people's imaginations with engaging experiences that inspire them to take action for our ocean.

To help us do so, and working together with some key partners overseas, The Ocean Project developed and widely circulated a petition to the United Nations (UN) urging them to officially recognize World Ocean Day. Tens of thousands of people from all parts of the world signed online or paper copies of the petition.

As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN as June 8th each year. UN designation provided an important boost to those organizations and individuals who have been deeply committed to ocean conservation and is another important step toward improving the health of our world’s ocean.

World Oceans DayAs a side note, The Ocean Project recognizes that there is one world ocean that connects us all. One need just look at an image from space to see that our planet should have been named “Ocean” rather than “Earth.” Until 2009, we promoted “World Ocean Day” but added the “s” after the UN officially recognized June 8th as World Oceans Day. Perhaps one day the UN will embrace the singular “Ocean” but in the meantime, we are following the UN-designated use of World Oceans Day to show solidarity for the conservation of this important resource that connects us all.

Over the years, we've helped promote and coordinate World Oceans Day, working collaboratively with partners around the world. Each year an increasing number of countries and organizations mark June 8th. Last year, approximately 600 events were held in 70 countries to and we aim to double that number the number of events in 2014, with aquariums, zoos, museums, youth groups, conservation organizations, universities, schools, state and federal agencies, sailors, surf clubs, civic organizations, bloggers and businesses all participating in different ways. In addition, social reach is helping immensely to spread the word about World Oceans Day, through blogs like this one!

World Oceans Day also provides opportunities to build synergies, with media and decision-makers, helping to focus more positive attention on the ocean every year. For instance, Capital Hill Oceans Week (CHOW) is always held in June, right around World Oceans Day, the last several U.S. Presidents have declared June to be National Oceans Month, and new policy initiatives are often announced on or around World Oceans Day.

World Oceans DayTo help capture the imaginations and tap into the innovativeness of Americans and others around the world to help collaboratively solve the problems facing our shared ocean and society, we are looking to significantly grow this event. Together, with key partners, including NMEA, we are looking to develop World Oceans Day into a global force for positive change. All our work thus far has been done with only .25 FTE on average so with more dedicated resources, and being able to further collaborate with additional networks - and especially focusing on youth involvement and leadership -- this is just the beginning.

Beyond its direct reach and impact, we envision World Oceans Day as a way to create a rising tide that can help lift all ocean (and related/aquatic and climate) conservation boats. With NMEA and other strategic partners, we look forward to help making World Oceans Day even more impactful than Earth Day!

Bill Mott is a NMEA member and director of The Ocean Project, which inspires action to protect our ocean through the world's most extensive network of aquariums, zoos, science museums, youth groups, and other organizations. Watch Bill talk about World Oceans Day in our recent Google Hangout On Air, titled: What's the story behind World Oceans Day? - An Insider's Look.

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NMEA Member Highlight: Terri Kirby-Hathaway

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, June 5, 2014

Terri Kirby-Hathaway is a Professional Member of NMEA and a Marine Education Specialist with North Carolina Sea Grant

Terri Kirby-HathawayTerri has been an active member of NMEA for 29 years and is currently Vice Chair of the By-Laws Committee and a member of the Awards Committee. She was Co-Chair of the NMEA 2003 National Conference held in North Carolina and as a Life Member of the Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association (MAMEA), looks forward to welcoming everyone back to their region this year for the national conference in Annapolis!

We asked her four key questions about his experience with NMEA:

1. Why did you join NMEA?

I started in marine education as the education coordinator at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in June of 1985.  Being the new kid on the block in the mid-Atlantic area, I was “volunteered” to drive on one of field trips for the NMEA national conference in 1985, which was held in Williamsburg, Va., and hosted by MAMEA. So, I joined the organization so I could participate in the conference and meet people.

2. How has NMEA helped you achieve your professional goals?

Networking and meeting marine educators and scientists from around the country (and beyond), has been extremely valuable professionally (and personally, too – who am I kidding?).  If I get questions I can’t answer or have ideas that I want to bounce off someone, I have a long list of people that I can contact for answers, advice, and assistance.  NMEA has been instrumental in creating that network!Terri Kirby-Hathaway

3. What are you most proud of NMEA for accomplishing/influencing?

I am impressed that NMEA has been able to get ocean literacy into the education conversation nationwide and also influence the Next Generation Science Standards to include ocean science!

4. If you had to describe NMEA in three words, what would they be?

Supportive, valuable, incomparable.

Our Membership Drive is underway until June 8, so if you join now, you'll be eligible for raffle prizes from aquariums around the country and our grand prize, a GoPro camera! We'd love to have you join us! Find out more about membership in NMEA today >

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Our latest Google Hangout On Air - World Oceans Day

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, May 29, 2014

We held our second Google Hangout On Air this week, titled: What's the story behind World Oceans Day? - An Insider's Look.

We spoke with Bill Mott, director, The Ocean Project, and World Oceans Day partner, on how the event came to be - from the early days of discussing possibilities to this year's plans to make it bigger and more impactful than ever.

We also chatted with Jim Wharton, a NMEA Executive Committee member, and director of Conservation and Education at the Seattle Aquarium, about how NMEA colleagues are working together at local and global levels to celebrate and support World Oceans Day.

Check out some of the fun initiatives that were discussed, including ways in which you can get involved!

Missed the Hangout? No problem - you can see it in it's entirety below, and join today

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