SPLASHmail January 2016

Simply put, ocean literacy is understanding the ocean and our relationship with it. But the ocean isn’t so simple to understand!  

The Ocean Literacy Framework provides a set of seven ocean literacy principles for grades K-12 that is available to print and download. As we begin a new year, we encourage you to choose one or more principles to learn more about.

Tweet #oceanliteracyresolutions to @OceanLitCanada!  Then read Sam Andrew's blog (see below!) for inspiration and great "how to" hints for sharing what you learn...

Sea you later,
Heather & Haley
The SPLASHmail Team

Events near you!

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 February SPLASHmail… please click here!

Call for Speakers - Tedx EastVan
January 16 application deadline, East Vancouver, BC
TEDxEastVan is a day-long event (April 23) of curated speakers and performers – each with their own “idea worth spreading”

Divers' Weekend      
January 16 & 17, 10AM - 5PM,  Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, BC     
Diving Seminar Series, Diving demonstrations including using vintage suits, Exhibits by diving clubs, Fun gallery activities for the kids.
Webinar - Getting your feet wet: an introduction to water quality monitoring and data analysis
January 20, 2016, 2-3PM AST.
Presented by the 
Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation in partnership with the Canadian Rivers Institute 

Two Years of Crazy Weather Under the Shadow of the North Pacific Blob- Dr. Richard Dewey
January 21, 7PM,  Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sidney, BC
Dr. Dewey will review our thinking on what caused the Blob, how the extreme weather from California to Alaska is related, and are they linked to the recent El Nino.
Environmental Sciences Seminar Series: "Science literacy in an ocean nation: the new green is many shades of blue, in environmental science education" - Anne Stewart
February 4, 4-5PM, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC  
Anne will dive into important questions raised about science education in Canada, using a blue lens to examine where we have been and where we are going.

Social Coast Forum: A training for coastal managers, planner, and people who support them.
February 9, 2016. Charleston, SC, USA.
Watershed Wonders! What's in Your Watershed?
February 19, 10AM - 4PM, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sidney, BC   
"What is a watershed? Who lives there? How can we protect it?" Special programs, hands-on activities and guest presenters - educational for the whole family!
February 26, 2015. Dartmouth, NS.

Planning ahead…
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 - 2nd Ocean Literacy in Canada Conference
*stay tuned!*

Coastal Zone Canada Conference
June 12 - 14, 2016. Toronto, ON.
Abstract submissions for this conference are now open and will close January 31, 2016.

International Marine Conservation Congress 2016 (IMCC4)
July 30 - Aug 3, 2016. St. John's, NL. 
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.
Follow us on Twitter! @OceanLitCanada

Sand Dollars - Grant Opportunities

CMOS Summer Workshop Grants. The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) has been invited to select two Canadian teachers to attend two-week summer workshops for teachers (K-12) hosted by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in July. One workshop is in Atmospheric Sciences, the other is in Oceanographic Sciences.  All expenses are paid for the two weeks of workshops and a travel subsidy is also included.

More information at or email Denis Bourque at . The deadline for application is March 15.

Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE
Attention, sea-loving explorers: There's a $7 million reason to get serious about your passion for ocean research right now. XPRIZE and Shell have announced the launch of the $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE - a global, three-year competition challenging teams to advance breakthrough technologies for rapid and unmanned ocean exploration.

To learn more, register a team and follow the competition, visit and follow @XPRIZE on social media and use #OceanDiscovered  
CaNOE Strategic Planning

The CaNOE Board of Directors has been busy working on a 5 year Strategic Plan for this new network. We are eager to share it with our membership in early 2016 - stay tuned!

Blog Bites

Sam Andrews didn’t mean to become a marine science communicator. 

Find out how she backed into it in her entertaining blog article 
"My Journey Into Marine Science Communication (And How You Can Do It Too)". 

Empathize with her excuses and come away emboldened (or at least encouraged)! 
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