SPLASHmail February 2016

Ocean Love

Love is in the air this month and at CaNOE we started wondering, “What is it about the ocean that makes us love it so much?”

A quick internet search yielded an intriguing blend of both scientific studies and romantic musings. Why our brains love the ocean: Science explains what draws humans to the sea; and Hit the Beach: Why Humans Love Water, mixed in with “The voice of the sea, speaks to the soul,” and "How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean."

Why do YOU love the ocean? Connect with us on Twitter or Facebook, or send us an email. We’ll share your love of the ocean in next month’s SPLASHMail. And check out the new blog on our website about ocean love.

The SPLASHmail Team
Heather, Haley, and Maggie

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 March SPLASHmail… please click here!
June 2016 - 2nd Ocean Literacy in Canada Conference
*stay tuned!*



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.

Webinar- Ponceaux: effet de la motivation et de la performance de nage sur le succès de passage des salmonidés by Elsa Goerig of INRS
February 10, 2-3PM AST
Presented by Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation in partnership with the Canadian Rivers Institute.

Saanich Inlet Symposium 2016: 10 Years of Observatory Science  
February 11-12, 8AM-8PM University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
Ocean Networks Canada presents past accomplishments, latest results, and future observation plans and studies in this dynamic fjord.

Coastal Ocean Awards for Excellence in Aquatic Research and Conservation 
February 16, 6PM, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, BC
Annual awards dinner celebrating British Columbian leaders in conservation and research.
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!

2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting
February 21-26, New Orleans, LA
Covering topics in all areas of the ocean sciences discipline.
February 26, 2015. Dartmouth, NS.


International Coastal Symposium 2016
March 6-11, Sydney, Australia
Theme: Coasts in Space and Time 

Science Atlantic Aquaculture & Fisheries and Biology Conference 2016
March 11-13, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS
Annual student conference; February 15 is the deadline to submit abstracts.

PolyTalk 2016: Zero Plastics to the Oceans
March 16-17, Brussels, Belgium
International organizations, environment ministries, NGOs, the plastics industry, and the research community gather to focus on marine litter.

Science Atlantic Environment Conference 2016 
March 18-20, Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB
Annual student conference; this year focuses on interdisciplinarity and its importance in 
environmental research. February 26 is the deadline to submit abstracts.

Planning ahead…
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 9, 10, 11, 2016 - 2nd Ocean Literacy in Canada Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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  

Why our brains love the ocean: Science explains what draws humans to the sea

Image: Chase Kunz

Check out this excerpt from "Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do” by Wallace J. Nichols. Click here to read the full article
Blog Bites: Passing down a love for the ocean

"I love the ocean because my mother loves the ocean, and her mother before her. I was handed a legacy of wave watching, tide-pool hopping, and dinghy-rowing. A few weeks ago I had to wait while friends were preparing their sailboat..."

Read the rest of Maggie's reflection on her ocean connection in the CaNOE blog here on!

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