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SPLASHmail      Events, news and views for the ocean-minded     September 2016
CaNOE loves rivers, and on Sunday, September 25, World Rivers Day, we plan to honour Canadian rivers, large and small. Based on the highly successful BC Rivers Day, founded in 1980 and led by internationally-renowned river advocate Mark Angelo, World Rivers Day, a “celebration of the world’s waterways,” was adopted by the United Nations in 2005 as part of the UN Water For Life Decade. World Rivers Day is held each year on the last Sunday of September. Last year, millions of people across more than 60 countries joined the celebration!

Every day, across the globe, rivers carry water to the sea. Everything that has entered small streams and rivers on their downhill path to the ocean is carried along as the rivers eventually make their way into estuaries and deltas in coastal zones. A raindrop that fell during a summer’s eve thunderstorm in a small southern Alberta watershed may have washed into a narrow creek, then travelled in the South Saskatchewan River before it joined with the North Saskatchewan River and became the Saskatchewan River. The waters of that broad river then passed the droplet into Lake Winnipeg before it was carried into Hudson Bay via the Nelson River.
Canadians who live far from a coast may feel as if they have no influence on the ocean. Au contraire! Most activities that take place on the land, human or not, eventually affect the ocean. Excess agricultural nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus may wash from the land and eventually flow into larger water bodies causing algal blooms in surface waters and low oxygen in bottom waters. Urban runoff entering streams may contain contaminants from lawn fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, and pet waste. Numerous studies have documented contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in rivers and estuaries around the globe that have entered waterways from sewage outfalls and water treatment plants.

Over the years our members have honoured Canadian rivers in many ways, including shoreline clean-ups, storm drain painting, and river raft trips that provided opportunities for citizen science. 

Let's all celebrate rivers this month by attending a local Rivers Day event or planning your own! At the very least, if you live near the ocean, stand on a beach and contemplate the journey of the water lapping at the shore. If you’re land-locked, sit on a riverbank and wish safe travels to the water passing by...

The World Rivers Day website lists a number of resources for both formal and informal educators. Other river resources can be found at:

From Land to the Sea ;    USGS Water Science School ;  and  The Water Cycle: K12


There is no doubt that great ocean stewardship needs people to be connected to the ocean.  Can the internet foster these connections, even in people who live far from the ocean and may never directly experience it themselves? At this year’s OceansOnline conference in St. John's (above), held in conjunction with the International Marine Conservation Congress, CaNOE members Sam Andrews and Kat Middleton decided to find out. Read all about their facilitated discussion in "Making waves inland: The challenges for ocean literacy in land-locked locations".

And while you're there, you can also read about how St. John's celebrated World Oceans Day !

Sea Change is an exciting EU collaborative project which aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the intrinsic links between ocean and human health, and to empower “Ocean Literate” citizens to take direct action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.
The “Our Ocean, Our Health” campaign emphasizes the vital role of the ocean in making life on Earth possible. Entertaining videos, colourful fact sheets, and creative contests draw attention to how our way of life is affecting the ocean’s health... and are there for the sharing!  Check them out, especially Sea Change’s new video,“Our Ocean Our Oxygen”, which highlights the ocean’s contribution to the oxygen we breathe, on the
Sea Change website !
Calling Teachers!
Are you a teacher with access to 16 – 18 year olds? CaNOE needs your help!

At their 2015 Conference, the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) community agreed to work together to create a comprehensive survey to measure current ocean literacy around the world and progress towards improving literacy among students.

CaNOE has joined the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) and Asian Marine Educators Association (AMEA) to officially support and develop this project. The survey, which has been translated into 16 languages and includes items measuring ocean knowledge and marine environmental attitudes, is now being shared through ocean literacy networks around the world.

We need as many 16-18 year olds as possible, around the world, to spend about 20 minutes taking the survey to help test and improve it. Responses received by Sept. 15 will be presented at the 2016 EMSEA Conference in Belfast in October!
Read more about the goals of the survey, or take the survey, and spread the word to teacher friends!

Videos from 2016 OL Conference!
In case you missed it or wanted an instant replay, you can watch the presentations from the June 2016 Conference in Halifax on CaNOE's YouTube Channel
Board Soundings
Your new Board of Directors met by conference call on July 27 and will follow a bi-monthly schedule this year (on the 3rd Wednesday of every other month) with more urgent business being conducted via email if needed. We wish to thank Sherry Scully for her short but active term of service before stepping down as a director last month due to her work with a potential funding source that she considered a conflict of interest.
Paddles up! You may not know that most of the paddling of this CaNOE takes place in a half dozen or so Working Groups which are being formed under the direction of various board members as you read this!  You can find more info and sign up here  We really need your muscle and your skill so why not pick up a paddle and get your feet wet by helping out in one of these areas:
  • Finance and fundraising,
  • Communications,
  • Education and outreach,
  • Membership,
  • Strategic planning,
  • Governance, and
  • International efforts and activities
We received many good reports on the 2016 Conference in Halifax which attracted over 50 participants.  Having hosted two national conferences in as many years now, the decision was made to move to a bi-annual conference schedule given the huge number of volunteer hours required to host a successful conference.  In the "off" years, CaNOE can sponsor, participate, or partner in other ocean literacy events; for example, two members are promoting ocean literacy within the organizing committee for the Environmental Educators' Network (EECOM) conference in Nova Scotia next spring. The Board is open to proposals for other projects!
From the stern,
Heather and Anne
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Upcoming Events

Help us promote ocean education events in Canada and beyond by telling us what you or others are planning.  Click here to submit an event for the next SPLASHmail!


Oceans - Networking to Discover the Marine Environment
September 10 deadline to register for fall term (online)
An international educational project open to students aged 12 to 16 to help them realise, through their own observations and sharing their results with other participating schools, that the sea is not the same around the world.

International Aquarium Congress - hosted by Vancouver Aquarium
September 25-30. Global (online)
Students around the world calculate their footprints using out international student calculator, their school gets a pin our world map, and then they engage in online discussions with peers around the world on the implications.

Sustainable Oceans Conference - Into the Blue: The Body Connecting Us All
September 30-October 1. Halifax Central Library, Halifax, NS
Student-run conference by the Master of Marine Management students at Dalhousie University.


Shoreline Cleanup at Iona Beach – Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
September 18, 10AM. Iona Beach, Richmond, BC
Fun, family-friendly cleanup at Iona Beach. Free shuttle buses will run from the Skytrain. Lunch, coffee and prizes will be provided.
The International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge - I2SEA (Inquiry to Student Environmental Action)
September 19-30. Vancouver, BC
Held every 4 years, gathers decision makers and professionals from the global public aquarium community.
A River of Light: Community lantern/art installation - Robi Smith, Artist-in-Residence, City of Maple Ridge Parks and Leisure Services
September 23, 24, 30, 6PM – 9PM. Davidson’s Pool, Maple Ridge, BC
Connecting the ocean and local river ecosystems, this magical lantern installation celebrates the return of spawning salmon.                                                                                                                                                          
World Rivers Day 
September 25. At your local riverbank and around the world!

A celebration of the world's waterways to highlight the many values of rivers and increase public awareness and stewardship of rivers around the world.                         

Public lecture by Brian Skerry, renowned National Geographic Photographer 
September 30, 6PM. Halifax Central Library, Halifax, NS 
Free public presentation by Brian Skerry, Keynote Speaker for Sustainable Oceans 2016 (see conferences).


EMSEA Conference 2016 - European Marine Science Educators Association
October 4-7. Belfast, Northern Ireland
Collaboration opportunity for educators, researchers, influencers and anyone else with a passion for communicating the importance of our ocean. CaNOE will be represented by Sonya Lee, Director.
45th Annual NAAEE Conference/ 13th Annual Research Symposium
October 18-22. Madison, WI
North American Association for Environmental Education. Theme: From Inspiration to Impact

You, Me and the Sea Touch Tank Day – Back to the Sea Society
October 1, 10AM – 2PM. Halifax Central Library, Halifax, NS
Come get your hands wet! Touch Tank Days are an opportunity for children and families to interact with local marine invertebrates and learn more about our ocean! ​
A River of Light: Community lantern/art installation - Robi Smith, Artist-in-Residence, City of Maple Ridge Parks and Leisure Services
October 1, 6PM – 9PM. Davidson’s Pool, Maple Ridge, BC
Connecting the ocean and local river ecosystems, this magical lantern installation celebrates the return of spawning salmon.
Ocean Guardian Contest – Bodhi Surf School
October 1. Global (online)
Showcase what you are doing to help keep our natural environment healthy and enjoyable for future generations, and win a 7 day surf vacation in Costa Rica. Submissions accepted until October 10.

CommOCEAN 2016 - 2nd International Marine Science Communication Conference and Training
December 6-8, 2016.  Bruges and Ostend, Belgium
Hands-on exercises in current science communication skills with plenty of expertise-sharing, social interaction and fascinating marine science along the way. 
24th Annual Fishermen and Scientists Research Society Conference - Atlantic Fishermen and Scientists Research Society
February 23rd, 2017, 9:00AM. Best Western Plus Hotel and Suites, Dartmouth, NS
The annual conference provides an opportunity for dedicated fishermen representing their industry, and researchers from government, academia and non-profit organizations to converge on issues relating to research and sustainability of our valuable marine resources.                                                                                                                                              
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