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SPLASHmail      Events, news and views for the ocean-minded      December 2016
A Merry Ocean Christmas from CaNOE!
Christmas Tree Worms Credit: NOAA

It’s that time of the year again… classrooms empty and homes fill as family and friends come together to celebrate the holidays and the change of seasons. If you’re lucky enough to live near a coast, bundle up and head to the shore to watch winter waves reshape the beach. Take a picture of your favourite spot now, and every month for all of 2017. Compare them at the end of the year – did you know that some shorelines change dramatically over the course of a year?

The Coastal Morphology Group: Scripps Institution of Oceanography uses the photos below (taken by Pat Masters) to illustrate seasonal changes. “The summer beach is covered with a layer of sand that is moved south by the longshore currents and onshore by low waves. The winter beach is denuded of sand by high storm waves. Cobbles are heavier and remain on the beach. The wave-cut platform underlying the mobile sediments is visible in the foreground.”

If you’re landlocked, celebrate the season by reading about Christmas Island near Australia, at the edge of the Java Trench, the deepest point in the Indian Ocean. There are Christmas Bays in both Texas and New Zealand, and there’s a Christmas Cove in Maine. (Or search for another ocean-themed place name and tell us about it!) You can also explore Google Earth. Hunt for Christmas themed shapes—bells, stars, or trees—in islands and reefs, or along shorelines.

Want to keep adults entertained? Challenge everyone to the “Ultimate Ocean and Marine Life Quiz.” Kids looking for something to do? Share “Fun Ocean Facts for Kids” with them and then head to a beach, museum or discovery centre to add a little hands-on learning…
Trees, bells, and stars? Apparently the ocean celebrates Christmas all year long...

Deep Red Medusa: Credit: NOAA Ocean Explorer/Kevin Raskoff  

Tidepool Star Fish Credit:Shari Green

Deep Sea Christmas Coral Credit: NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center 
OCEAN DISCOVERIES! A large group of rare northern bottlenose whales were spotted off the coast of Newfoundland this summer by researchers at Dalhousie University. Described as "a dolphin on steroids" by researchers, bottlenose whales had only been heard in the area until they were finally found off Fleming Cap earlier this year. These marine mammals are beaked whales which rely on sound to communicate and find food, making them sensitive to human-made noises such as boats and oil and gas exploration. Loud underwater sounds can disturb, injure and even kill these toothed whales. The marine scientists that just discovered the new group of whales are concerned for their well-being as seismic blasting is known to occur in the marine waters the whales frequent. More research is being done on this possibility by Laura Feyrer, a PhD candidate in the department of biology at Dalhousie University. Read more about the discovery here.
Home to wild rivers, cold-water seas, and one of the world's last intact temperate rainforests, the Great Bear region of British Columbia's North Pacific Coast is one of Canada's unique ecological treasures.  Great Bear Sea: Reflecting on the Past, Planning for the Future, a film by Green Fire Productions, is a journey through the Great Bear Sea region, home to First Nations for thousands of years - an expanse of ocean where whales, wolves, bears, fish, seabirds, and humans thrive in rich coastal ecosystems and a place full of historic conflicts and looming battles over ocean resources.

Karen Anspacher-Meyer, Sarah Lock-man, & Jennifer Buffett have created new curriculum resources for grades 4-7, and 11-12 based on the Great Bear Sea film that include downloadable lesson plans, free of charge! Although linked to the BC curriculum, these resources are a gift to any educator looking to explore marine planning, Indigenous knowledge, biodiversity, sustainable resource management and marine stewardship! Read more in their blog post ...
Who are you? We want to know!
People join CaNOE for a lot of reasons; one of the most popular is to meet like-minded ocean literacy advocates. Some of us are formal educators, some are informal, and some of us just want to be part of the effort to inspire and share a love of the ocean and to promote everyday personal actions that we can take to show that love. Our name, CaNOE, includes the word "network" and that's what we want to do!

Would you like to make some CaNOE friends? Send us a short bio and we will post it on the upcoming member page on our website. We'll also choose one member each month to "spotlight" here (with their permission)! Not interested in sharing your info? No problem - we won't be posting anything that hasn't been sent to us specifically for that purpose.

Remember - your bio has to fit in this spot, so keep it tight (100-125 words). We'd love to get a photo as well (especially if it shows you doing something "oceany"!). Email everything to
European Marine Science Educators Conference, Ireland
In October, CaNOE board member Sonya Lee attended the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) conference as a CaNOE representative. Sonya presented a poster about CaNOE, and spoke about the work she does combining ocean technology and ocean literacy at the Discovery Centre in Nova Scotia.

In Sonya's words...
"This was my second time attending the EMSEA conference so I knew from the beginning, that I was in for three days of amazing presentations, interactive workshops and meeting and reconnecting with inspiring individuals working in ocean education..."

Read Part 1 of her story here.

Board Soundings

CaNOE pulls together to advance ocean literacy at home in Canada and we work in partnership with our US and EU colleagues to help Canada meet its Galway obligations. Canada was signatory to the Galway statement (May 2013), in which the EU, the US and Canada agreed to join forces to promote our citizens’ understanding of the value of the Atlantic and its interactions with the Arctic Ocean. This commitment grew in importance when ocean literacy became a priority theme, understood to be both foundational and crosscutting in our tri-partite collaboration. 
The Galway Statement requires a national commitment to promoting ocean literacy and CaNOE is a national network with that very goal. Our country is huge, its regions diverse and yet we are all linked to the sea through water, weather, climate, food, trade and so much more. Bodies of water associated with ocean acidification events upwelled on Canada’s west coast can be traced as they move north and then east through the Arctic. On the west coast the Nuu-chah-nulth-aht call this Ish uk t’sa-walk or 'everything is connected as one'. There really is one global ocean!
This February, CaNOE launches a membership drive and we are determined to make CaNOE more diverse. We encourage CaNOE members to reach out as we gather strength together... watch for notices of CaNOE meet-ups in the new year. We invite your ideas to make CaNOE a success and would particularly welcome assistance in attracting some funding!
Wishing one and all a festive season and looking forward to pulling together for a more ocean literate society in 2017.
Co-chairs Anne Stewart and Heather Murray

The call for proposals closes TODAY, December 9!

Register here!
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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!

ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2016   
December 5 - 9. RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg, MB
The 12th annual ASM will welcome researchers, students, Inuit, Northerners, policy makers and stakeholders to address the numerous environmental, social, economical and political challenges and opportunities that are emerging from climate change and modernization in the Arctic.

In-seine Sailfins, Shrimps and Sea Slugs!  
December 12, 7.30 – 9.30 PM. Willow's Beach, Victoria, BC
Join researchers from the Royal BC Museum as they conduct an evening beach seine. As many as 20 species of fish, crabs, shrimp, and other invertebrates will be brought in using a large net, so everyone will get an up-close look at what lives beneath the waves.
Walking the Talk for Green Schools - Walking The Talk Partners
December 15, 5:30-9pm. Vancouver, BC
Join educators, collaborators and champions to celebrate and share your 2016 stories of success at this regional network event at Telus World of Science.

Canada's Arctic Biodiversity: The Next 150 Years  Centre for Arctic Knowledge and Exploration
January 27, 2017.  Ottawa, ON
This science symposium will take stock of the state of biodiversity science in the Arctic to kick off Canada's sesquicentennial anniversary.

The International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge - I2SEA (Inquiry to Student Environmental Action)
January 2017 - registration deadline January 9. Online.
Secondary school students worldwide calculate their carbon footprints, get a pin for their school on our school map and then engage in online discussions with their colleagues around the world to envision solutions to shared environmental challenges.

Life on Marine Debris  Royal BC Museum
January 14, 2017 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM.  Victoria, BC
It’s not just garbage - explore the shoreline with Natural History Curators Dr. Henry Choong and Dr. Joel Gibson and see how natural and human created marine debris interact with life in the marine and coastal environment.
Call for COVER PHOTO: Journal of Ocean Technology - Ocean Diving
January 27 deadline. Online
The spring 2017 issue will focus on ocean diving, including safety and training; underwater communications; dive vehicles; ecotourism; archaeology and conservation; breathing technologies, etc. We are looking for an image for the front cover that best demonstrates this theme. If you have any photos you’d like us to consider, please contact for details.


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.                                                                                 
International Conference on Engineering and Ecohydrology for Fish Passage – American Fisheries Society
June 19 - 21, 2017. Oregon State University - Corvallis, Oregon (USA)     
Fish Passage 2017 will be of interest to researchers, educators, practitioners, funders, and regulators who have 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. Andrew's, 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.
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