• Sat
    Rye NH

    Saturday, March 23 2019, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

    Hosted by Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation at  the Seacoast Science Center, Rye, NH

    Join us for this fun and informative workshop to learn about current initiatives that are protecting marine life and our ocean environment!  Presentations will include:

    • Sea Star Wasting Disease
    • How Genetics Can Help Us Save Whales
    • Invasive Green Crab Monitoring
    • How Does Entanglement Affect Whales’ Stress Levels?
    • Humpback Whale Calf Return Rates
    • Microplastics
      And More!!

    Draft agenda coming soon!

    Teacher Certification & Professional Development- Certificates of attendance will be given at the end of the day to any teachers interested.

    Workshop fee:

    • $20 per person (non-refundable) in advance
    • $25 per person at the door

    Advanced registration is preferred. Space is limited.


    Thanks to our workshop sponsors:  NH Coastal Program, Seacoast Science Center, GOMMEA

  • Fri
    The 2019 City Nature Challenge is here! GOMMEA is participating again this year with Maine, and we need your help!  All you need to do to join the The Maine City Nature Challenge is to download the iNaturalist app, go outside between April 26th and 29th, look for wildlife, take photos and upload what you find to iNaturalist.
    We've teamed up with the Maine Science FestivalGulf of Maine Research InstitutePortland Public LibraryBangor Land TrustGirl Scouts of Maine, and Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve to be part of the worldwide challenge to observe and identify WILD organisms found in our “city” found at our iNaturalist page.

    The CNC is an international competition and celebration of wildlife. Get outside, look for living things, and snap their pictures. Post your pictures and their locations to the iNaturalist website (or just use the app!) by May 5th for your observations to count towards our region’s tally of life. Our goal is to document and identify as many different species around us as we can, AND put Maine on the CNC map!

    This year’s CNC is April 26th – May 5th. From April 26th- 29th, find wildlife! It can be any plant, animal, fungi, slime mold, or any other evidence of life (scat, fur, tracks, shells, carcasses!) found in our “city” area.  You don’t even have to know what it is! Just take a picture and note the location of everything you find (the easiest way is to just use the iNat app) and share to the iNaturalist website.

    From April 30th – May 5th, post to the iNaturalist website any remaining pictures (and their locations!) of wildlife taken in our area on April 26-29 and identify mystery species that are uploaded from our “city”; we get credit for identifying as many species as we can.
    Our “city” is just one of many found throughout the world; you can see the full list at

    Will you help us take the challenge?

  • Sat

    Celebrate World Oceans Day with us - June 8! Check out to find an event near you.

      • June 8 -  Beach Cleanups (Blue Ocean Society)
      • June 9- Family Festival at Seacoast Science Center with Blue Ocean and others
  • Sun
    Durham, New Hampshire

    National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference at UNH, July 21-25, 2019

    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.

    Our mission is to make known the world of water both fresh and salt, and our annual conference brings together formal and informal marine educators from around the world to promote awareness and education of the global marine environment.

    The conference draws 300-400 professionals from K-12 schools, public aquariums, non-profit NGOs, and government agencies together for four days of learning, sharing, and networking.

    • Attend the full 3 days of programming, featuring over 100 presentations highlighting the latest trends and research in marine education. Single day registration is also available.
    • Learn from local researchers who have been studying the Gulf of Maine, learning from its history to protect its future.
    • Sign up for a field trip to explore the beauty of the Gulf of Maine watershed.
    • Enjoy a discount for local educators and free membership to GOMMEA for one year *see for details
    • Stay in affordable dorm lodging on campus


    • Sunday July 21st - Conference kick-off event at the UNH Outdoor Pool
    • Monday July 22nd - Wednesday July 24th - Concurrent Sessions, talks, exhibits
    • Thursday July 25th - Field Trips

    Visit for all the details.


  • Sun

    The ocean is our direct link to the rest of the world, and it takes an international effort to care for it!  The Ocean Conservancy organizes an annual coastal cleanup, and GOMMEA will be out doing our part. There is no shortage of beautiful beaches that need our attention, come join us!

  • Fri
    University of New Hampshire, Durham NH

    Touch a horseshoe crab, drive a remotely operated vehicle and map the ocean floor at the University of New Hampshire’s Ocean Discovery Day! Ocean Discovery Day provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the wonders of the ocean through interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Visitors can make a fish print, band a lobster and see the plankton that form the base of the food chain in New Hampshire's Great Bay. Watch a scuba diving demonstration to learn how UNH scientists conduct research below the waves, and learn about marine snow and tern restoration at the Isles of Shoals.

    Visit for all the details!

  • Thu
    5:30 - 8PMGulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland Maine

    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.


    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 - Membership through December 31, 2020 is included!

    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.

  • Mon
    5:30 - 7 PMGulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland Maine

    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.