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Guest Blog by Carol Steingart: Whales take center stage at GOMMEA annual meeting

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA) hosted their annual meeting on November 10 at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH. The speaker for the evening was Dr. David Wiley, Research Coordinator of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts. The title of Dr. Wiley's lecture was: "Catch and Release Whaling: Using Advanced Tagging and Data Visualization Technologies to Understand the Underwater Behavior of Humpback Whales (in New England Atlantic waters)."

The fascinating lecture revealed how scientists have been able to detect where whales are congregating both on the surface and down below. Swim patterns were mapped, which gave rise to international shipping lanes being shifted to less populated areas; a win-win situation that proved instantly successful with greatly diminished whale strikes.

GOMMEA President Kate Leavitt and Treasurer Sara Ellis presented Dr. Wiley with a framed print

GOMMEA President Kate Leavitt and Treasurer Sara Ellis presented Dr. Wiley with a framed print from a winning participant of "From the Bow Seat" contest, depicting a whale rising out of a sea of ocean plastic pollution.

Bill Andrake with Carol Steingart, past-president of GOMMEA

Fellow NMEA member Bill Andrake attended the event and joined his neighboring chapter. Bill is currently a member of Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME). Bill is pictured with Carol Steingart, past-president of GOMMEA.

- Carol Steingart, GOMMEA Chapter Representative

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Guest Blog by Kate Leavitt: "Green Crabs Wreak Havoc" focus of GOMMEA annual meeting

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em!"

This was the mantra in practice at last week's Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association's annual meeting, titled "Green Crabs Wreak Havoc," as members and guests wove their way through interactive displays and sampled homemade and commercially-prepared versions of the European green crab.

Invasive Green Crabs

The event featured a keynote by Dr. Brian Beal, Professor of Marine Ecology, University of Maine at Machias, and brought together 91 attendees including students, community members, chapter members, and other stakeholders to discuss the ecological and commercial impacts of the European green crab on the local soft-shell clam population.

2014 GOMMEA annual meeting

Outgoing President, Carol Steingart, was the visionary for this event. Her interest in the spread of these invasives convinced the Board of the need to bring together local scientists, educators and community members to share stories, dispel myths, spark discussions, and learn from our local experts. As a result, rich discussions around biology, ecology, commerce, and cultural history ensued. To learn more about Carol's adventures in crab cuisine, check out the additional local coverage from the Portland Press Herald here >

- Kate Leavitt, GOMMEA president

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