2019 Special Events

Conference Kick Off

Hamel Rec Center
Sunday, July 21, 2019 • 5-7pm

Catch up with colleagues by the pool as we kick off NMEA 2019! Bring your suit or lounge poolside. The evening will include food, drink and lively conversation.
Included with registration. Additional guest costs: $35/Adult $15/Youth

Portsmouth, Port City by the Piscataqua

Puddle Dock at Strawbery Banke
Monday, July 22 • 5:00-8:00 pm

Formerly a tidal inlet that allowed boats to dock at high tide, the Puddle Dock is now a open lawn that hosts tented events. Join us for an evening with heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Select exhibits will be open for viewing at Strawbery Banke, a living history museum, and the sailing ship Gundalow will be available for tours at the dock prior to her 6 o’clock departure. There will be a late bus planned for anyone interested in exploring historical downtown Portsmouth following the event. Included with registration. Additional guest costs: $75/Adult $55/Youth

Annual Banquet and Auction

Hamel Rec Center
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 • 5:30-10:30 pm

This annual event raises money for the NMEA scholarship fund which supports attendees from across the country. The Auction is your opportunity to bid on fabulous marine themed items in the silent auction or try your hand with a paddle raise during the live auction. Plan to stick around after the auction for spirited dancing to the sounds of the talented, multi-genre Larry Williams Band. Included with registration. Additional guest costs: $70/Adult $55/Youth

Traditional Downeast Lobster Bake and Networking Event

Seacoast Science Center
located in Odiorne Point State Park
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 • 5:30-9:00 pm

Explore the local marine fauna at the Seacoast Science Center, wander along the shoreline of the park and enjoy one final opportunity to network with your marine science colleagues. Feast at a traditional Downeast Lobster Bake complete with chowder, mussels, corn on the cob and roasted potatoes. (Chicken or vegetarian options also available.) Enjoy a local blueberry crumb cake for dessert. Selkie, a Scottish red ale brewed by Portsmouth Brewery using locally harvested sugar kelp, will be our featured drink. Ticketed event. $90/Adult $70/Youth