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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.


Tags:  international  Ocean Literacy 

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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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Guest Blog by Tami Lunsford: Attending the Blue Vision Summit

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tami Lunsford at Blue SummitI was proud to represent National Marine Educators Association at the Blue Vision Summit in Washington D.C. on May 9-11. Thank you to all of the members who helped support the trip financially. It was a new foray for NMEA and we appreciate knowing that it was valued and considered a positive move by our members.

Blue Vision was an incredible event organized by Blue Frontier filled with informative sessions on the issues most pressing for our world ocean today, ideas on how to help improve those issues, and action on Capitol Hill. As I am from the small state of Delaware, I was able to join the delegation that met with individuals from all three of our legislators (two senators and one representative). It was empowering and inspirational to see the motivation of the individuals who traveled from across the US to participate in the event.

The highlight of the event for many of us was to see the youth engagement. Led primarily by our indomitable Sean Russell, the young people continue to show us all how they can use their energy, enthusiasm, insight, and passion to make a positive difference in the world.... many of them before they even graduate high school! Our work in convincing our national leaders about the value and importance of the ocean is clearly not over, but this was a strong positive step and I am honored to have been part of it through NMEA.

- Tami Lunsford, 2016-17 NMEA President

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

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer 2017 CurrentWe’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 lessons on how research data in a classroom is supporting student’s learning of complex ecological concepts and improving STEM literacy, a look at a professional development program in Hawaii that explores misconceptions teachers have about ocean literacy, as well as 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 fall/winter 2017 general issue of Current is October 30, 2017. 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!

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Don't miss the Science Friday Cephaloparty at #NMEA17

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Science Friday logo

Did you hear? 

Public Radio International’s Science Friday will be joining us during our national conference at the end of this month! Their "Cephaloparty" will be held during the ticketed South Carolina Aquarium event on June 28 and will include cool giveaways!

The event will be exclusive to NMEA conference attendees - just be sure to add the ticket to your NMEA 2017 registration

Included in ticket cost of $85:
  o Transportation to and from the Aquarium
  o Food, drinks, dancing
  o Chance to make a Squid print
  o South Carolina Aquarium's octopus enrichment
  o Showings of cephalopod videos

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Guest Blog by Samantha Mackiewicz: World Oceans Day and youth engagement

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, May 8, 2017

World Oceans Day logoWorld Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Every June 8 thousands of people across the world take action for our oceans and celebrate their connection to the sea. Last year hundreds of organizations got involved by hosting World Oceans Day events. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate our oceans this year! The theme for World Oceans Day 2017 is “Our Oceans, Our Future,” with a conservation action focus on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier future.

Youth engagement will also be a major focus this year. Youth make up nearly one-half of the world’s population. By supporting youth leaders, we are supporting the ocean leaders of the future. Through the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council and other collaborative youth leadership initiatives, youth are helping shape the development of World Oceans Day, providing new and unique perspectives, ideas, and recommendations that help us, individually and collectively, expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day.

The World Oceans Day website serves as a central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with new free resources each year and inspiring ideas for everyone – no matter where you live – to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, and year-round. The World Oceans Day site also has a number of event ideas, merchandise and more. Submit your event to spread the word and let the world know how you’re celebrating! Sign up for the World Oceans Day newsletter to receive regular updates leading up to June 8. Together, let's continue to take action and inspire others to care for our oceans!

Follow @WorldOceansDay on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions - e-mail me here > 

- Samantha Mackiewicz, World Oceans Day Coordinator

Tags:  World Oceans Day; youth 

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Guest blog by Sean Russell: Join OCEARCH’s Chris Fischer for an NMEA Student Webinar

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, April 26, 2017

OCEARCH webinar

At NMEA, we’re working to inspire and support the next generation of marine science educators and conservationists. As part of this effort, we’re excited to announce our first NMEA Student Webinar will take place on Friday, May 5 at 2 p.m. EST and feature special guest, OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader, Chris Fischer. Through his presentation, Collaborative White Shark Science, Chris will share his experiences leading global shark research expeditions and OCEARCH’s work with scientists and students to drive shark conservation efforts. Individual students and classrooms are invited to join NMEA for this special, free presentation. To participate, please complete this sign-up form. Instructions for joining the webinar will be e-mailed to all registered participants in advance!

Chris is an ocean explorer who's led 25 global expeditions researching great white sharks, tiger sharks, and other apex predators to advance conservation, education, and public safety. Through socially innovative partnerships with Costa Sunglasses, YETI Coolers, Shell, Contender, Yamaha, SAFE Boats, and Landry’s Inc., OCEARCH travels the world enabling teams of regional and international scientists by providing them with 15 minutes of unprecedented hands-on access to mature sharks to conduct approximately 12 studies on each animal.

In 2013, Fischer launched the Global Shark Tracker website and mobile app, used by millions worldwide, as part of his vision for ultimate inclusion and open source sharing of data. In 2014 he announced a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum based on the Tracker, developed in partnership with Landry’s. Teachers have downloaded more than 3,900 lesson plans to date.

He’s appeared in 210 TV episodes on the National Geographic Channel, HISTORY, ESPN, and others. His work has generated 8 billion media impressions worldwide, furthering his mission of bringing the ocean into everyone’s lives.

Fischer is a recipient of The Explorers Club 2014 Lowell Thomas Medal for Imagination in Exploration, joining the ranks of the world’s greatest explorers. He is the Founding Chairman of OCEARCH, winner of the 2014 Nominet Trust 100 Award, recognizing the world’s 100 most inspiring examples of social innovation.

Working aboard the 126 ft. M/V OCEARCH vessel, 131 scientists from 70 institutions are generating unprecedented research data, filling critical knowledge gaps to save shark and human lives. More than 50 scientific papers are in process as a result.

Be sure to complete the registration form and join us for this special event!

- Sean Russell, NMEA Board of Directors

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Check your inbox for our spring newsletter

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Saturday, March 25, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spring 2017 NewsletterOur spring newsletter is out!

It features an update on our participation in NSTA's 2018 and 2019 conferences and the latest on our annual NMEA17 conference, which will be held in Charleston, SC. It also provides updates on our winter ocean literacy webinar series and international ocean literacy efforts, as well as other news items and deadline 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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