International News and Events

In recent years a number of new ocean education organisations have formed and have now united with established organisations to share information and news about our one ocean and to collaborate our ongoing efforts to strengthen the role of marine education as a path to sustainable development of the ocean. The initial seven participating organisations are:

National Marine Educators Association (NMEA)

Based in the USA, NMEA held its first conference in 1976 and has been holding an annual conference ever since. International delegates are welcome at these conferences. NMEA Facebook

Australian Association for Environmental Education(AAEE)

Originally the Marine Education Society of Australasia (MESA) formed in 1984 but in 2015 MESA merged with AAEE to form the Australian Marine Education Network.

International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN)

IPMEN grew out of collaboration between NMEA and MESA and formed after meetings held in Hawaii in 2005 and 2007. IPMEN holds a conference every two years. IPMEN Facebook

Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE)

CaNOE is a relatively new Canadian based network that works with the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC).  CaNOE holds an Ocean Literacy conference every year.

European Marine Education Association (EMSEA)

EMSEA was formed after a small group of European marine educators attended the NMEA conference in Boston in 2011. Since then EMSEA has created a number of regional groups and holds a conference every year. EMSEA Facebook

Asian Marine Educators Association (AMEA)

AMEA was formed after a small group of Asian marine educators attended the NMEA conference in Newport in 2015. AMEA now holds a conference every two years. AMEA Facebook

Red de Educación Latinoamericana para el Océano

The newest ocean education organisation is the recently formed Latin American group called RELATO.

Up-coming Conferences

AMEA 2020 Conference: AMEA and National Museum of Marine Science and Technology Museum in Taiwan will cohost the International Marine Litter Forum of Adolescents (IMLFA) on November 12 to 13, 2020.

NMEA 2021 Conference: The NMEA 2021 Conference was planned to be held in Hawaii in July 2021 but as a result of COVID-19 has now been cancelled.

IPMEN 2021 Conference: The IPMEN 2021 Conference was planned to be held in Hawaii in July 2021 but as a result of COVID-19 has now been cancelled.

CaNOE 2021 Conference: CaNOE and Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators are co-hosting next year’s annual conference from August 15–19, 2021 near Victoria, BC.

EMSEA 2021 Conference: The EMSEA 2021 conference will be held at the Gdynia Aquarium in Poland in September 2021.

AMEA 2022 Conference: The 2022 AMEA conference will be held at the new Korean National Ocean Science Museum in October 2022.

AAEE 2023 Conference: The next biennial AAEE conference will be held in 2023.

2021 Events

Seaweek New Zealand 2021: March 2021.

World Ocean Day 2021: June 8, 2021.

SeaWeek Australia 2021: September 2021, Theme = Ocean Literacy Principle 6