SPLASHmail April 2016
Halifax waterfront

Join the growing network of individuals working to advance ocean literacy in Canada! CaNOE is hosting their 2nd Annual Ocean Literacy Conference and AGM from June 9-11 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

A wide range of amazing fieldtrips and networking opportunities have been scheduled before, during, and after the conference; you'd better block off from June 7-12 so you don't miss a thing!!

In the spirit of our 2016 conference theme, keynote speaker Dr. Elin Kelsey, educator and co-founder of #OceanOptimism, will open the conference on the evening of Thursday, June 9 with a free public presentation on “The wild success of Ocean Optimism and the wonderfully contagious nature of hope.”

Early Bird Registration has been extended until April 8, and you still have time to apply to lead a presentation, bring a poster, or teach a workshop at the conference (applications close April 15).  

Click here for more information and to register.

See you in June!
CaNOE SPLASHmail Team 
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Blog Bite

Justine McMillan is a PhD candidate in oceanography at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS who spends her work days thinking about 3T’s: tides, turbines and turbulence. She is also this year’s editor-in-chief of Current Tides, a research magazine produced entirely by graduate students as an avenue to describe their cutting-edge research in a fun and engaging manner. Read all about it here.

In collaboration with University of Victoria Continuing Studies, Ocean Networks Canada’s Our Changing Ocean community lecture series attracted enthusiastic learners in March and earned CaNOE board member Dave Riddell a spot on CBC’s All Points West for his talk on marine debris and microplastics.

Ocean Networks Canada will continue with Part II of the Our Changing Ocean series in April; for an overview of the weekly sessions and to register, please click here.

Ottawa Wave Makers is a $30,000 microgrant program to fund creative ideas and projects that raise ocean awareness in our nation's capital. After a successful launch in 2015, the program is back for a second round of funding in 2016, in partnership with World Wildlife Fund-Canada and Impact Hub Ottawa. Check out some of the 2015 Wave Makers projects to get inspired! 
Applications are open
until April 30!

Local communications expert Sonia Vani (center) worked with two Grade 8 classes at Avalon Public School to develop a sustainable seafood awareness video with their Ottawa Wave Makers 2015 grant.
© Sonia Vani
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Upcoming Events to Check Out!

We want to support and promote ocean education events in Canada and beyond so please tell us what you or others are planning.  Use our quick and easy form to submit an event for the May SPLASHmail… please click here!

April 2016
Our Changing Ocean, Part 2
April 5, 12, 19, 26 at 7-9 PM. Victoria, BC
Despite covering over 70% of the planet, the ocean is largely unexplored and holds many secrets to understanding our planet. Linking elements of chemistry, physics, biology and geology, these sessions will look at a number of ocean issues of societal concern and how technology is allowing us to better understand our changing ocean.
The International Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC)
April 6-22.  Online
Secondary school students calculate their carbon footprints using our carbon footprint calculator then engage in micro-blog style conversations with their peers worldwide to discuss and envision local to global solutions together. Reg. deadline extended for CaNOE teachers!
Petty Harbour Twine Loft          
April 10, 16 & 24 at 4PM. Petty Harbour, NL
Provided by Fishing for Success at Island Rooms of Petty Harbour - Learn traditional net knitting, knot tying and other rope work skills with a twist!
7th Coastal Connections
April 11, 6 -10 PM. Telus World of Science, Vancouver, BC
An informal evening of networking for professionals involved with research, assessment, management, and conservation of marine and freshwater environments, and featuring a series of short talks on the topic of “Seeing the World Through Cycles”.
May 2016
The Wonders of the Salish Sea
May 3-24 on Tuesdays, 6-8 PM. Mt. Pleasant Community Centre, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver borders one of the largest inland seas in the world, the Salish Sea. Discover the wonders of this uniquely biodiverse, yet fragile, marine ecosystem with the guidance of local marine scientists, naturalists, and environmentalists. Registration starts Apr. 4.
Intersection of Science and Nature Conference  
May 5-7. Vancouver, BC
Canadian Association of Science Centres conference featuring keynote speeches from NSERC President Mario Pinto and best-selling author Richard Louv, known for his book "Last Child in the Woods."
Seaweeds of the West Coast
May 6-8. Tofino, BC
3-day field course hosted by Raincoast Education Society out of the Tofino Botanical Gardens.  Topics include: role of seaweeds in coastal ecology, biodiversity, collecting, identifying, pressing and preserving seaweeds.
Science Odyssey - Ten days of Discovery and Innovation
May 6-15. Across Canada
Science Odyssey brings together a series of fun activities across the country from science-to-the –streets celebrations, to visits to labs, science fairs, encounters with researchers and scientists, etc. Partnering is easy - submit your events/activities on the website.
Sunshine Coast Bioblitz 2016
May 14-15. South Thormanby Island, BC
Hosted by the Ruby Lake Lagoon Society, a bioblitz brings together scientists, naturalists, students and community members to search out and identify every species of plant and animal we can find on the chosen site (South Thormanby Island) in 48 hours. Bring your tent, binoculars and guitar!
2016 Schools on Board Arctic Field Program
May 23 deadline to accept school applications for September 14 - 28. Northwest Passage, NU
A unique learning experience for Canadian high school students and teachers to work alongside ArcticNet scientists on board the Canadian Coast Guard Ship - Amundsen as they conduct oceanographic sampling and mooring operations to further our understanding of Arctic marine ecosystems and the impact of climate change. 
Marine Mammal Naturalist Workshop 
May 27-29.  Marine Heritage Centre, Campbell River, BC
Intensive 2.5 day training for those working/hoping to work as whale watch naturalists, kayak guides, park staff, or others interested in the natural history and conservation of BC's marine mammals.

Call for Papers: Journal of Ocean Technology 'Climate change and the oceans'
May 30 submission deadline
The Journal of Ocean Technology (JOT) production team invites the submission of technical papers that describe cutting edge research related to climate change and the oceans for its spring 2016 issue.

June 2016

Aros na Mara - World Oceans Day Festival
June 2-5. Cape Breton, NS
Aros na Mara is teaming up with Cape Breton University to host the 2016 World Oceans Day along the Barra Strait in the heart of Cape Breton. Second annual event to celebrate the scientific and natural virtues of the Bras d'Or Lakes - great family fun while experiencing and learning about science, research, and education.
2nd Ocean Literacy in Canada Conference & AGM
June 7-12, including fieldtrips.  Halifax, NS
Author and marine educator Dr. Elin Kelsey will give a free public keynote on ‘Ocean Optimism’, this year’s conference theme, which will be threaded throughout the presentations, posters, discussions, and workshops. CaNOE AGM on June 11.

World Oceans Day
June 8. Planet Earth
Join with others around the planet to rally the world for our shared ocean; focus is on marine plastics pollution prevention this year. Go to our new "Organize an Event" section...
2016 Elisabeth Mann Borgese Ocean Lecture 
June 8. Halifax, NS
Commemorates the life and work of Elisabeth Mann Borgese, founder of the International Ocean Institute. Internationally renowned speakers discuss important and timely ocean-related topics.

Coastal Zone Canada Conference
June 12-14. Toronto, ON.
Theme:  Coastal Futures - Resilience through Collaboration
2016 Global Ocean Science Education Workshop
June 13-15. Paris, France
Focus on Climate Change, Fisheries and Biodiversity (including food security), and Oceans and Human Health (including coastal resiliency).  The workshop will include an effective practices session on marine related citizen science co-led by COSEE and the European Union's Sea Change Project.

July 2016 and beyond...

Turning the Tide: Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea
July 22-26. Beginning on Vancouver Island and proceeding to Pender, Mayne and Salt Spring Islands, BC
This year's 3rd annual paddle promises to be another exciting and meaningful family-friendly journey, uniting people from across the Salish Sea in community and solidarity for people and the planet.

International Marine Conservation Congress 2016 (IMCC4)
July 30 - Aug 3.  St. John's, NL
Conservation professionals and students meet to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy. March 7 is the deadline to submit abstracts.
5th International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) conference      
August 10-13, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia  
Marine educators from across the Pacific will gather in Manado (and elsewhere via web-conferencing) to exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas to improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching about the marine environment, resources and human impacts.

Northwest Aquatic & Marine Educators 2016 Conference: One World—United by Water   
August 14-18. Pearson College,  Metchosin, BC
NAME events are all about a 'family' of educators, researchers, students, and resource professionals who gather to meet, learn, share, and socialize. Themes include: Ocean Literacy; Connecting to Place: Environmental Education and Indigenous Sciences; and  Watersheds: Communities without Borders. 

International Aquarium Congress
Sept. 25-30. Vancouver, BC
IAC is the only international platform that gathers decision makers and professionals from the global public aquarium community to share and learn about new developments in the fields of inter alia animal husbandry, research, technology, management, education, conservation and sustainability.
Sustainable Oceans Conference 2016
Sept.30-Oct.1. Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Student-run conference by the Master of Marine Management Students. Under the theme of Into the Blue: The Body Connecting Us All, the aim is to bring together people and research from around the world to explore our unique connections to the ocean, and share viewpoints on how to approach ocean issues as the pressures of climate change increase.
45th annual NAAEE conference/ 13th annual Research Symposium - call for presentations
October 18-22. Madison, WI
Theme: From Inspiration to Impact
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