The U.S. National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) International Committee supports increasing global participation in marine education and the promotion of ocean literacy around the world.

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NMEA International Committee Charter

The U.S. National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) International Committee provides advice and guidance on all international activities of NMEA to the President, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and NMEA at large. This committee promotes and represents NMEA on the international level as opportunities arise, supports international member participation in conferences, committees and other NMEA activities, and ensures consistent NMEA communication with other international marine education associations, as appropriate.

The NMEA International Committee aims to strengthen international collaboration in the field of marine education by:

  • Participating in international collaborations, networks and conversations to promote excellence in marine education.

  • Maintaining an open and collaborative spirit to encourage shared learning and growth.

  • Providing leadership, guidance, and support as needed/requested to people and organizations working towards similar goals at the international level.

  • Assisting international members in learning about the structure, culture and different committees of NMEA.

  • Promoting the NMEA international scholarship to international conference attendees/potential future attendees.

  • Promoting membership of NMEA to international marine educators.

  • Holding international meetings at NMEA annual conferences to welcome international attendees.

  • Participating in, contributing to and supporting international Ocean Literacy efforts and events. Advocating for the importance of continued NMEA leadership/participation in the international Ocean Literacy effort.

Over the years, NMEA has seen increased attendance from international educators at annual conferences and has actively supported the creation of marine education networks and conferences across the globe.

Examples include:

The International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN)

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IPMEN is a developing collective of marine educators and scientists throughout the Pacific. IPMEN was formed and had its first conference in Honolulu in 2007, and has since continued to hold a conference every two years in different locations around the Pacific. The most recent conference was held in Taiwan in 2018.


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EMSEA was born from the enthusiasm of a team of marine educators from Europe inspired and encouraged by NMEA members after attending a US conference.  EMSEA conferences have since been held annually across Europe since 2012, including events in Belgium, UK, Sweden, Greece, Northern Ireland, Malta and, in 2019, the Azores, Portugal. EMSEA currently has 45 members representing 13 countries.

Additionally, EMSEA MED established itself as the first regional group of EMSEA in 2016.

EMSEA conference 16 - 20 September 2019
EXPOLAB, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Join fellow marine educators at EMSEA’s 7th annual conference, hosted by the Azores' Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT). Themes: Marine Science and Education inspired by the Mid-Atlantic; Environmental Awareness through Marine Education; The impact of Scientific Research on Marine Education and Outreach; MPA, MSP and Ocean Literacy


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Established in 2014, CaNOE to provide a forum for learning, discussing, and sharing ocean literacy in Canada. CaNOE hosted its first conference in 2015 and currently has  680 members representing 10 countries.


The Asia Marine Educators Association (AMEA)

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Established in 2015, AMEA aims to promote marine education and ocean literacy among Asian citizens and advocates to produce and disseminate marine education resources throughout Asia. There are currently 104 members of AMEA, representing 15 countries.

Asia Marine Educator Association Conference:
Biannual Conference, August 21 to 23, 2019 in Qingdao, China.

Registration https://forms.gle/N2vgh9UbfJB5eRTC7

Keynote speakers include: Russell Stevens (Africa); Craig Strang (US); Mike Spranger (US); Francesca Santoro (UNESCO - TBC); NMEA President, Meg Marrero will be attending along with other NMEA colleagues.


The Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) Marine & Coastal Special Interest Group

After 30 years serving the needs of marine educators in Australia and New Zealand as a stand-alone organisation, the Marine Education Society of Australasia (MESA) recently took the strategic step of uniting with the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE). In effect, MESA has now morphed into the AAEE Marine & Coastal Special Interest Group.


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