GOMMEA World Ocean Day Celebrations – Join us!

President’s Letter

I hope this finds you well during this challenging time. Despite the pandemic, we’ve been busy at GOMMEA, holding virtual meetings and planning ways to keep our members connected.

We’re planning some events in the coming months, including some virtual happy hours for GOMMEA members! I’m looking forward to World Ocean Day this Monday, June 8 and hope we all get a chance to spend time outdoors, even if it can’t be in or on the ocean.

Please consider joining us! As a member, you’ll receive the full version of this newsletter, and first notice of upcoming events. Plus, you’ll be supporting our mission of helping our members connect people to the Gulf of Maine through education and experiences.

Have a safe, healthy summer!

Jen

Jen Kennedy
GOMMEA President

What’s inside the June 2020 Newsletter?

⭐ World Ocean Day Celebration Events
⭐ Gulf of Maine Site Spotlight: Odiorne State Park, NH
⭐ GOMMEA Member Highlight: Anna Dibble, Eco Artist
⭐ Business Member Spotlight: Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
⭐ A full list of events happening around the Gulf of Maine, including
⭐ Save the Date for the GOMMEA Annual Meeting October 23

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April 2020 News: Earth Day Explorations – and other awesome resources

President’s Letter

Well, it’s not your average Earth Day. One thing that’s been gratifying to me in all this is seeing so many people outside. We’re taking this collective breath to appreciate the environment and what it offers. Our GOMMEA board members are no exception. They’ve been working on fun virtual content (along with wrapping up some winter travels), and we’re proud to share this with you. As a reminder, our full newsletter, along with all its resources, will be available to you if you become a GOMMEA member (memberships start at just $10 for students!) Click here to become a member – once you sign up we’ll send you the full member newsletter.

It’s also Citizen Science month! Check out the articles and events below to participate as a citizen science in your own backyard.

If you haven’t heard the big news – the NMEA annual conference has been postponed until July 2021. Because of all the uncertainty in the world, we’ve also postponed drawing a winner for our NMEA conference raffle until our annual meeting this fall. But that is good news! You still have time to enter by becoming a member: CLICK HERE to sign up! (what better way to celebrate Earth Day than become a member of GOMMEA?!)

Hope you are safe and well – please reach out and let us know how we can help you!

Jen
Jen Kennedy
GOMMEA President

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GOMMEA February Event: Climate Fiction for Climate Change Education

Climate Fiction for Climate Change Education will he held in Yarmouth, Maine on Monday, Feb 24th at 6:00 PM (weather date Tuesday, Feb 25th). Cost: FREE!

Charlene

Join GOMMEA for an evening with Yarmouth’s very own author Charlene D’Avanzo, who dedicates her series to scientists struggling to understand climate change. She will explain how climate fiction helps readers understand the science and politics behind the imminent climate crisis. D’Avanzo describes her journey from marine ecologist and college professor to author of the Maine Oceanographer Mara Tusconi mystery series. Click here to read more about Charlene’s story. 

Tea and cocoa will be provided. Yarmouth Community House, 179 East Main Street. Cost is FREE, but registration is required. Click here to register.   

Modeling Change Event

GOMMEA’s next event is just around the corner on Monday, December 9th, 5:30-7:00pm at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. “Modeling Change,” the Cohen Center’s newest LabVenture program, will be shared in a free, private event. We are pleased to share this opportunity with the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA). Together we are making a difference throughout the state and the Gulf of Maine!

Our December 9th event is free, but not open to the public; you must pre-register here.

From Gulf of Maine Research Institute and LabVenture: 

Over the last decade, our LabVenture program has provided hands-on science learning to over 150,000 Maine middle schoolers. During that time, these students’ parents and other adults have always asked, “When can I do LabVenture?!”

For the first time, we’re rolling out a LabVenture experience specifically developed for the public. Modeling Change is a 90-minute exploration of past and future ecosystem change in the Gulf of Maine. Guests will look forward and back at the impacts of ocean warming in our bioregion through the lens of two key species: lobsters and black sea bass.

Ecosystem modeling is a way for us to understand the relationships between species and their environment, and help us to project what the Gulf of Maine will look like in the future. Guests will get to experience the power of this approach first-hand.

In addition to the state-of-the-art technology in our Cohen Center for Interactive Learning, the event will also include a facilitated discussion with our program staff.

GOMMEA Annual Meeting 2019

Join us for our annual meeting that will feature Walt Golet speaking about Tuna on November 14 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine. Registration is required and cost is only $35 per person. Registration includes GOMMEA membership through 2020, heavy hors d’oeuvres, 2 drink tickets, and hearing all about the MYSTERIES OF THE MIGRATORS: HOW SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY UNLOCK THE SECRET LIVES OF FISH.

Walt Golet, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences | Research Scientist, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Tunas, billfish and sharks are some of the most fascinating animals on the planet. These creatures are Highly Migratory Species (HMS) which means they cross ocean basins, elevate their internal body temperature, swim to depths in excess of 5,000 feet within minutes and navigate with the precision of a GPS. Walt works with a network of commercial and recreational fishermen that provide him with information on and samples from the fish that they catch. Walt’s lab then analyzes the data to better understand their life history. This information also informs stock assessment models which may reduce uncertainty in their current and future projections.

Mark your calendar for November 14 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm for the 2019 GOMMEA Annual Meeting at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine to hear more! Registration is required, see below.

REGISTRATION

Tickets are required for entry. Registration includes GOMMEA membership through 2020, heavy hors d’oeuvres, 2 drink tickets, and hearing all about the MYSTERIES OF THE MIGRATORS: HOW SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY UNLOCK THE SECRET LIVES OF FISH. 

Cost: $35 per person

To register, please complete your ticket purchase below.

GOMMEA Annual Meeting and Reception 2019
Admission to GOMMEA Annual Meeting on 11/14/19 at GMRI35.00 USDTicket includes admission for one to event and reception, GOMMEA membership through December 31, 2020, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and 2 drink tickets.
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your email address.

NMEA Student Conference 2019

Click here to visit the NMEA website for full details

Are you passionate about our oceans? Do you hope to pursue a career in marine science? Have you already done a project in your school or community related to the health of our waters?

We invite you to join scientists, educators and students for the 2019 NMEA student conference. Throughout this one-day event, students will have the opportunity to explore issues in the marine environment, network with professionals in the field, and learn more about related career opportunities. Students who have a project to share are invited to participate in the Student Poster Session (see below for more information).

Location: University of New Hampshire, Durham
When: Wednesday July 24 8:00-5:00
Intended Audience: 7th grade – college
Cost: $45 (includes NMEA membership)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Network with Local marine science professionals
  • Learn about the latest advancements in marine science research and conservation
  • Enjoy a one-year membership to the national marine educators association
  • Explore careers in ocean science
  • Meet other students who are passionate about our oceans

STUDENT POSTER SESSION

Call for Abstracts

Calling all 7th and 8th grade, high school and college students who would like to present their Marine Science Projects. We invite you to present at the 2019 National Marine Educators Association at UNH in July 2019.

Have you helped identify invasive species? Researched the water quality of your river? Helped your school ban straws? This is an excellent opportunity to present your research or project to an audience of both students and adults, practice your presentation skills, make connections with other, inspire more great work, and add a presentation citation to your resume/CV.

NMEA 2019 Registration Open

The Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association is proud to host the National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference, July 21-25, 2019 at the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, NH.

As you’ve come to expect, this NMEA conference will offer a variety of opportunities. During the day, attend a full program highlighting the latest trends and research in marine education. Learn from local researchers who have been studying the Gulf of Maine, learning from its history to protect its future.

Then, in the evening, explore both Portsmouth, NH (one of the nation’s oldest cities, filled with vibrant restaurants and shops) and Rye, NH (home to the Seacoast Science Center, where we will be enjoying a full lobster bake).

Complete your conference experience by exploring the beauty of New Hampshire and Maine on one of our field trips. Anticipated trips include visits to Shoals Marine Laboratory, kayaking in our Great Bay, a whale watch cruise, tours of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (established in 1800 and still operational today), and sampling cuisine from the New England culinary scene.

When?

  • Saturday July 20th – Sunday July 21st
     – Pre- Conference meetings including Board Meetings
  • Monday July 22nd – Wednesday July 24th
     – Concurrent Sessions, meetings, exhibits
  • Thursday July 25th – Field Trips

Where?
Memorial Union Building, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824 

How? 
REGISTER NOW! 

Annual Meeting 2018 Recap

October 24, 2018 | Bigelow Laboratory | East Boothbay, ME

The Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA) held its Annual Meeting, “SEAWEED: Physiology & Flavor” in Boothbay Harbor on October 24. Hosted at Bigelow Laboratory, attendees enjoyed the guest presentation by Tollef Olson, President of Ocean’s Balance who showed us his culinary seaweed treats. We tried soup (see Kelp-Infused Roasted Tomato Soup recipe here), smoothies (see Mixed Berry and Kelp Smoothie recipe here), and seaweed sprinkles to name a few. We also enjoyed some appetizers from East Boothbay General Store and assorted local beer donated by Portsmouth Brewery, Foulmouthed Brewing, and Rising Tide.

Throughout the evening, attendees also mingled with exhibitors and student poster presentations while conversations around seaweed aquaculture echoed in the tall ceilings. Thank you to our exhibitors the Boothbay Sea and Science Center, Hurricane Island, and Maine Sea Grant for sharing projects and teacher resources. Thanks also to the University of New England for their student poster presentations!

During our short business meeting, the membership approved the slate of directors which now include new officers. We welcomed new board members Mike Doherty and Thom Smith, and thanked Kate Leavitt as she stepped off. Deb “Mrs Fish” Sandler who was in attendance, made an announcement that GOMMEA is 40 years old this year! As she was the founding President in 1978, she expressed her excitement for the organization’s success to date.

The evening concluded with a keynote presentation, “The Incredible, Edible Kelp: Harvesting the Potential of Seaweed Aquaculture” and conversation lead by Dr. Nichole Price, Senior Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

 

Thank you to all who came!