In July 2021 the International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) will hold its eighth (rescheduled) biennial conference. This conference will be held in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, in conjunction with the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) 2021 conference (also rescheduled).
It is interesting to note that in the year 2021 IPMEN and NMEA are again collaborating closely to deliver their respective conferences. This is because it was 20 years ago that the concept of developing an international marine education network centered on the Pacific was first discussed at the NMEA 2000 conference in Long Beach, California. That initial discussion resulted in Australian and USA based marine educators collaborating to deliver the One Ocean Marine Forum (OOMF) in association with the NMEA 2005 conference in Hawai’i. OOMF resulted in a second international meeting in Hawai’i in 2007. It was at this meeting, called the International Pacific Marine Educators Conference, which was conceived, organized and hosted by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, that IPMEN was formed. It is wonderful to see that IPMEN and NMEA are again joining forces to offer joint conferences in Hawai’i.