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SPLASHmail   Events, news and views for the ocean-minded    February 2017

As many of you know, today marks the beginning of CaNOE's first Membership Drive with a "Love Your Ocean" theme. For the month of February, we'll be working on doubling our current membership by recruiting 400 new members. To reach our goal, all we need is for each current member to sign up one new member!

During February, we ask that you spread your love for the ocean by reaching out to friends, family and colleagues to ask them to join CaNOE to help us advance ocean literacy in Canada. You may download a sample letter of invitation (.docx and .pdf)  which you can easily distribute to friends and colleagues or share on social media using #loveyourocean2017

Recruit the most members and win! Board member and Marine Detective Jackie Hildering has donated one of her photo canvasses as a prize for the most enthusiastic CaNOE recruiter. So remember to make sure your new recruits list you as their referral in the space provided in the sign-up form.

There will also be local meet-ups for CaNOE members and their friends across Canada during February. We will get together for "blue drinks" and discuss the concept of ocean literacy. Check out our event listings below, and let us know if you want to host an event wherever you call home!

In ocean love,

Kayla Glynn and Kiley Best
Co-chairs, Membership Working Group
 Did you know? CaNOE now accepts donations which will help us continue to grow and spread love for our ocean from coast to coast to coast. 

Help us raise $5,000 over the next month during the Love Your Ocean campaign!
You can watch our money-metre move over the next month as we work towards our goal.

A research team based at University of California San Diego has developed a new kind of miniature robot drifter to sample ocean dynamics at scales <1-10km. It is difficult to measure the motion of the ocean, especially at small scales, since it requires simultaneous sampling at many locations. These "Mini-Autonomous Underwater Explorer" (M-AUE) devices are deployed in a group and take measurements at multiple, known locations as they drift with the flow of the water or execute programmed vertical movements. The M-AUE vehicles help scientists determine the flow of water in real time within the "swarm" of robots, allowing for the study of phenomena like internal waves in 3D for the first time. These robots can also mimic plankton getting pushed around in the ocean, helping researchers to determine how patches of plankton are formed.  They are about the weight of a large grapefruit and their shape and appearance have been compared to the "Minions" from the film Despicable Me. The M-AUE vehicles are an exciting new tool to help us understand the physics of the ocean, and the interaction between ocean dynamics and marine life, at scales from metres to kilometres and minutes to days.

Link to paper:

Image credit: Jaffe Laboratory for Underwater Imaging
"Small ideas done right create big waves."

This month's blog is written by Magali Gregoire, an "educator and museologist with a passion for ocean life."  Magali has close ties with environmental conservation and ocean sustainability in Nova Scotia. Among other things, she is the founder of the non-proft Back to the Sea Society, whose mission is "to spark curiosity for marine life off the coast of Nova Scotia."  

The ultimate goal of the society is to open a seasonal, catch-and-release, small-scale aquarium within the Halifax Regional Municipality. In her blog, Magali describes her experience with
Touch Tank Days, created as a proof of concept for the proposed Back to the Sea Aquarium. During seven Touch Tank Days, over 1500 adults and children interacted with local marine invertebrates and learned more about the ocean.

Thanks for doing your part to increase ocean literacy Magali!

Meet... Elaine Leung

"Dr. Elaine Leung’s first real job after high school was studying sea lions. She fell in love with marine biology and never looked back. Fifteen years later, her research has taken her to some of the most remote places in the world, including Antarctica, Alaska, Hawaii, NZ, and all over BC.

Dr. Leung’s research focused on reducing impacts to threatened species. She created Sea Smart to share her knowledge and passion for our oceans with youth; inspiring hope in youth that they can make a positive difference with environmental problems. Sea Smart’s mission is to get youth excited about our oceans and empower them to be environmental champions.

Based in Vancouver, Sea Smart’s school workshops, after school programs, and summer camps teach youth about ocean issues and get them brainstorming solutions. Check out for more info."


Looking for a few new oceany friends? Check out our new Meet our Members webpage.

Are YOU on our page yet? No? Send your bio (keep it tight; 100-125 words) and a close-up photo to We'll be highlighting one member a month (we'll ask you first though!).

Scholarship - The Huntsman Marine Science Centre encourages graduate and undergraduate candidates from Canadian Universities and Colleges to apply for the R.C. Frazee & W.B. Scott Student Research Award for 2017. The award amount is $2500. The application deadline is February 15.

Internship – The Huntsman Marine Science Centre is accepting applications for Internships for 2017 in all departments including the Fundy Discovery Aquarium, Aquatic Services, Atlantic Reference Centre, Education and Bird Banding. Applicants must be 18 years of age and available for a minimum stay of one month. 

Please visit the Huntsman website for more information.
Board Soundings
Your energetic board is pulling hard for you and CaNOE is gaining momentum as we glide into February and our second membership drive. 

As co-chairs, we encourage all of you to invite a teacher to join our onboard community. The EU Sea Change Project study examined barriers to teaching teens about the ocean. The study shows that engaging and empowering teachers to include the ocean in their classrooms can be key to advancing ocean literacy in schools.

At CaNOE, we recognize the need for ocean literacy in 21st century learning. We invite teachers to bring the ocean into their classrooms, and encourage both formal and informal educators to turn to us or fellow CaNOE members if they need help or resouces to do it.

Thanks for pulling together for ocean literacy,

Co-chairs Heather Murray and Anne Stewart
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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!

Blue Drinks - CaNOE members and NAME (Northwest Aquatic Marine Educators)
Feb 23, 4-6 p.m. Canoe Brewpub, 450 Swift St, Victoria.
Member get together for "blue drinks" and discussion about ocean literacy.

24th Annual Fishermen and Scientists Research Society Conference 
February 23rd, 2017. Best Western Plus Hotel, 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.


Drivers of dynamics of small pelagic fish resources  - North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) Symposium 2017
Mar 6-11. Victoria, BC
There has been no global symposium on small pelagic fish (SPF) since 1983; the goal of the 2017 symposium is to revitalize global international cooperation on investigations of SPF and to identify, discuss and develop a framework to address unanswered questions such as the impact of climate and/or fishing pressure on the resilience of small pelagic populations using a comparative approach. 

March Break - Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium and Marine Science Centre
March 6-10. St. Andrews, NB
The Fundy Discovery Aquarium welcomes children aged 5 to 11 to participate in hands-on programs during the week of Monday, March 6th to Friday, March 10th. Programs run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 

SEE Change Environmental Learning Conference - Canadian Environmental Education Network
May 18-21.  Acadia University, Wolfville, NS
CaNOE and EECOM are partnering to explore how innovative learning inspires connection to lands and waters, more sustainable lifestyles, resilient communities and a life-giving planet.  Join us in the Annapolis Valley on the Bay of Fundy at apple blossom time! 

3rd Blue Planet Symposium - The Role of the Oceans in Earth's Life Support System
May 31 - June 2. College Park, Maryland, USA
Blue Planet is an initiative of the Group of Earth Observations (GEO) with an overall goal to ensure the sustained development and use of ocean and coastal observations for the benefit of society.
MERS Marine Naturalist Workshop - Marine Education and Research Society
June 2-4. Campbell River, BC                      
Intensive 2.5 day workshop on British Columbia's marine mammal species for those working (or hoping to work) as whale watch naturalists, kayak guides, park staff, or others interested in gaining a deeper knowledge of the natural history and conservation of BC's marine mammals.

World Ocean Day 2017 Festival - Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc.
June 8-11. Iona, Barra Strait, Cape Breton, NS
Our event is to heighten public awareness and appreciation about the value of the Bras d'Or Lake, Canada's Inland Sea through fun and edutainment. 

Fish Passage 2017- The 2017 International Conference on Engineering and Ecohydraulics for Fish Passage
June 19-21. Oregon State University - Corvallis, Oregon, USA
For those with an interest in advancements in technical fishways, nature-like fishways, stream restoration and stabilization, dam removal, and the myriad of funding, safety, climate change, and other socio-economic related issues surrounding connectivity projects. 

Summer 2017 Courses and Camps - Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium and Marine Science Centre
July-August. St. Andrews, NB
Sharks, whales, seals or sea stars…no matter what your young explorer is passionate about, there’s a marine experience waiting that is sure to surprise and delight!  Registration now open for summer courses and day camps, filled with fun, hands-on education, activities and marine animal encounters.
Sustainable Oceans 2017 - Seeing Blue: Envisioning our Future Oceans -  Students from the Marine Affairs Program, 2017-2018, Dalhousie University
Sept 22-23. Halifax, NS
The conference is free and accessible to all who are interested in learning more about the oceans and marine conservation and stewardship. The Call for Abstracts is now open – deadline March 5, 2017. Please see the website for details.

European Marine Science Education Association (EMSEA) Conference 2017
Oct 7-10. Valetta, Malta
EMSEA17 is the fifth annual conference that brings together educators, scientists, policy makers and ocean enthusiasts from around the globe, not just Europe. Provides an opportunity to share ideas, collaborate and inspire.    
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