SPLASHmail      Events, news and views for the ocean-minded        SUMMER 2016

"The sea is One - unified, world-embracing. It is in fact one ocean - one ocean with five great names and a thousand little ones. There is no real boundary to any sea, save continental land. The waters mingle everywhere and the names are geographic, for convenience only."
Alan Villiers, Oceans of the World, 1963
CaNOE aims to advance ocean literacy throughout Canada, and we are certainly not alone in recognizing the need for increased understanding of the value of oceans; ocean literacy initiatives span the Seven Seas! Here’s a quick look at what some of our ocean-literacy-minded friends are up to...

The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) is an American based non-profit organization with a “strong vision to make known the world of water, both fresh and salt.” NMEA has broad national and international coverage through regional chapters and affiliates, and they provide a medium for the exchange of information and teaching materials. They also produce numerous print and online publications, including the first guide to ocean literacy, which was presented 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.

Sea Change is an EU Horizon 2020-funded project that aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea. The three-year project was launched in 2015 and involves 17 partners from nine countries across Europe.  Partners include networks such as the European Network of Science Centres and Museums (ECSITE), the European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO) and the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA), a non-profit organization which provides a platform for ocean education and promoting ocean literacy within Europe. The Sea Change project also contributes to the
Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance (Galway Statement) through cooperation with Canada and USA. Watch a short Sea Change video introducing the concept of Ocean Literacy and outlining the medical, economic, social, and environmental importance of the sea to Europe and the rest of the world.

The International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) is a collective of marine educators throughout the Pacific. The idea for this group began as one of the outcomes of a two-day meeting, the One Ocean Marine Forum, on the Hawaiian island of Maui in July 2005. The mission of IPMEN is to "foster collaborative relationships that will create the resources, programs, training and leadership necessary to build ocean literacy at every level of society in the Pacific region." Since its inception in Hawaii in 2007, IPMEN has held biennial conferences in Australia (2008), Fiji (2010), Chile (2012) and Japan (2014). The 2016 conference will be held in August, in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The fledgling Asia Marine Educators Association (AMEA) hopes to promote Ocean Literacy to Asian citizens. The idea of an association for Asian marine educators was a result of discussion among the participants of a conference of National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) in the U.S.

In the Austral-Asia region, the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) Marine & Coastal Special Interest Group (SIG) consists of AAEE members and the former Marine Education Society of Australasia (MESA). The SIG has its own Facebook Group as well as a mailing list for members to share conversations, ideas and resources.

There are many, many more initiatives, at all scales across the globe, but there is perhaps one last collaboration to mention here. The environmental non-profit association S’Agulla has partnered with the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) to create Oceans, an international educational project to improve Ocean Literacy among students aged 12-16.  Enrollment in the three-month project is free, and the lingua franca is English (although materials are also available in Spanish, Italian and Catalan). The project aims to help students realize, through their own observations and sharing their results with other participating schools, that (despite what we often say) the sea is not the same around the world.
Speaking of ocean literacy initiatives... do you have a Canadian project that could be included in the Transatlantic Ocean Literacy Bibliography? Information you provide on the Canadian Ocean Literacy Project form will be forwarded to the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance for inclusion in a database on EU, US and Canadian efforts to promote transatlantic ocean literacy.
A Dose of Ocean Optimism at #CaNOE2016
Photo: Lucija Prelovec
Whether you missed it because you were out and about being an ocean educator, or whether you were one of the many who came together in Halifax, the tide of the 2016 CaNOE conference has come and gone. From June 9 - 11th, CaNOE hosted their second Ocean Literacy conference, this time at Dalhousie University during Halifax’s Oceans Week, a celebration and recognition of the province’s ocean connections.

Nova Scotia is called Canada’s "ocean playground" for good reason: most of the population lives on the coast, and the culture, history and economy are inextricably linked to the ocean. There are many people in the Maritimes doing great work in Ocean Education and Ocean Literacy and we were very fortunate to have amazing presenters and attendees at the conference. Don’t you just wish you were there?  Next best thing? You can read a recap here and watch the presentation videos... coming SOON (hopefully next week) to a YouTube channel near you!

Sonya Lee, Andrea Moore, and Haley Guest
Conference Co-chairs

Since working at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrew's NB, Laura Barrett has noticed that people know more about species from away than they do the creatures in their own marine backyard, namely the Bay of Fundy. Her passion is engaging people with their local ocean by getting their hands wet and their rubber boots dirty. She also strives to get Grade 6 girls to say “cool” instead of “gross”.  Read how she does it...

What does it take to put on a national ocean literacy conference?  
A LOT of energy! 
Our hats off to the three AWESOME Co-chairs: Haley Guest, Sonya Lee, and Andrea Moore (two of whom are shown above in "un-wind" mode!) and their AMAZING Conference Working Group for two and a half days of informative sessions, engaging workshops, creative field trips, and ample networking time!  We appreciate the many hours and emails that a well-organized conference requires and wish you all a relaxing summer!
Board Soundings
Welcome aboard to the 5 returning and 7 new Directors who will be steering CaNOE for the next year... sometimes it takes a little while to get everyone pointed in the same direction as was the case on my recent kayaking excursion shown above, but it looks like we have a good balance and lots of depth on the new team! 

The Directors will use this SPLASHmail space to keep you informed of Board discussions and decisions, and to seek input and feedback as we move forward and put our new strategic plan into action.  Much of the hands-on work is done in and by the Working Groups which will be re-organized when the Board meets on July 27th... stay tuned for opportunities to get involved in the growth of ocean literacy on a local, national, or international level!

Heather Murray and Anne Stewart
Follow us on Twitter! @OceanLitCanada

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!


Introduction to Marine Biology
July 11-15.  Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrew's, NB
A fun hands-on introduction to marine biology and Bay of Fundy research projects for students 15-18 years old.
Science Communication Workshop
July 20 - 22.  Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrews, NB
The role of scientists in communicating science to different audiences, their motivations, and tips and tools for doing it effectively.

International Marine Conservation Congress 2016 (IMCC4)
July 30 - August 3.  St. John's, NL
Conservation professionals and students meet to develop new tools to further marine conservation science and policy.
Ocean Explorers Club - Canadian Sea Turtle Network
Saturdays in July and August, 10:30-11:30AM. Kiosk on Halifax waterfront, NS
Hands-on marine workshops for kids 8-10 years, and ocean lovers of all ages! Different topic every week.

Seacology By Kayak
Tuesday evenings, 6- 8 PM.  Lower Prospect nr. Halifax, NS
Guided sea kayak tours accompanied by a local marine expert and certified kayak guides.
All Things Marine
July 6-9 or August 17-20.  Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrew's, NB
For families and friends over the age of 10... join us as we explore the unique environment of the Bay of Fundy and the diversity of life it supports.
Turning the Tide: Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea
July 22-26. Gulf Islands, BC
3rd annual family-friendly paddle uniting people from across the Salish Sea.
Discover McNabs Island Guided Tour - Friends of McNabs Island Society
July 24, 9:30 AM-3 PM. Eastern Passage, NS
Located at the entrance to Halifax Harbour, McNabs Island offers a glimpse into Nova Scotia's colourful past and unspoiled natural beauty.

OceansOnline - new addition to IMCC4
August  4. St. John's, NL
Emphasizes the internet as a valuable tool to communicate, cross boundaries, and conduct research, including "Making waves inland: The Challenges for Ocean Literacy in Land-Locked Locations", facilitated discussion by CaNOE members Sam Andrews and Kat Middleton.

5th International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) conference      
August 10-13, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia  
Exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas to improve the effectiveness of teaching about the marine environment.

One World—United by Water Conference  - Northwest Aquatic & Marine Educators (NAME)
August 14-18. Pearson College,  Metchosin, BC
The NAME 'family' of educators, researchers, students, and resource professionals gathers to meet, learn, share, and socialize.

Choose the Future: Environmental Education for a Culture of Change - Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) Conference
August 25-28.  International Peace Garden, Manitoba
EECOM 2016 will provide educators with new hope and ideas, tools and resources, and will look at the choices we can make to make this culture of change a reality.
Ocean Explorers Club - Canadian Sea Turtle Network
Saturdays in July and August, 10:30-11:30AM. Kiosk on Halifax waterfront, NS
Hands-on marine workshops for kids 8-10 years, and ocean lovers of all ages! Different topic every week.

Seacology By Kayak
Tuesday evenings, 6- 8 PM.  Lower Prospect nr. Halifax, NS
Guided sea kayak tours accompanied by a local marine expert and certified kayak guides.
Marine Biology Week
August 8-12.  Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrew's, NB
A special week of fun, hands-on education, activities and animal encounters that focus on marine biology for children 7-12 years.
Public lecture by Brian Skerry, renowned National Geographic Photographer 
September 30, 6 PM, Halifax Central Library, Halifax, NS 
Free public presentation by Brian Skerry, Keynote Speaker for Sustainable Oceans 2016 (see conferences).
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. Vancouver, BC
Held every 4 years, gathers decision makers and professionals from the global public aquarium community.
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.
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.
CommOCEAN 2016 - 2nd International Marine Science Communication Conference and Training
December 6-8.  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. Abstracts accepted up to July 15.

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