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Looking for a great educational resource or data set to use in the classroom? The Bridge is a growing collection of the best marine education resources available online. It provides educators with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach.

The Bridge was developed in partnership with NOAA Sea Grant and the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. NMEA members and Sea Grant's network of educators are actively involved in project administration, serving on the Bridge's Clearinghouse Coordinating Committee (CCC), and assisting with national information dissemination and site reviews. A Scientific and Technical Advisory and Review (STARS) group advises on scientific content. Project administration and staff are at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary.

Ocean Literacy

The first guide to ocean literacy was presented and published at the 2005 NMEA annual conference. The guide and a companion website have been part of a continuous effort over the past 10 years to promote the definition, principles, and concepts of ocean literacy across the country, and increasingly, around the world.

This ocean literacy work has been used by NOAA in educational programs and by the National Science Foundation as a requirement to be followed in ocean science research funding proposals. During the recent national effort to create the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) the NMEA ocean literacy committee made repeated contributions to the process to ensure the marine and ocean subjects were included throughout. The committee continues to monitor progress on implementation and efforts on professional development for implementation of NGSS.


"Scuttlebutt" provides a forum for marine educators to talk informally about marine education ideas, issues, and questions. The Bridge staff monitors list activity and will assist in locating expertise to answer questions that teachers post to the list, as needed. All educators and scientists interested in marine science education are invited to subscribe. The list does not provide research services for students' assignments. If you have any trouble subscribing to Scuttlebutt, please contact Lisa Ayers Lawrence at

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Scuttlebutt is a moderated, open list. Messages of broad interest to the national marine education community are appropriate. Commercial messages and forwards from other lists are generally not accepted. Spam screening is applied. NMEA does not sell or distribute the Scuttlebutt subscription list.

The Bridge project sponsors Scuttlebutt, with the support of NMEA and Sea Grant.

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