The Strandline


New York State Marine Education Newsletter

March 2016

Strandline (n): the high water mark; the area at the top of a beach where debris is deposited.


President's Note


NYSMEA members with artist Naima Rauam (center) and Captain Maggie Flanagan (right) 
during the tour of the South Street Seaport.

Spring Greetings, NYSMEANs!

Touring the South Street Seaport three-and-a-half years post-Sandy, it is easy to observe that the atmosphere from pre-Sandy at the Seaport is not quite the same. Maggie Flanagan from The Waterfront Alliance hosted our last NYSMEA meeting on February 21st and provided a tour of the Bowne Print Shop, an artist’s studio, and the South Street Seaport Museum. The print shop was very interesting as a very knowledgeable printer, Rob Wilson, shared stories about how technology has changed the industry while also showing us printing techniques. The legendary Seaport artist Naima Rauam shared her artwork and priceless stories of the Seaport. Her artwork focuses on Fulton Fish Market and she does a wonderful job of preserving the memories of this historic area. Naima’s studio is housed in the old Ann Taylor store which never re-opened after Sandy. Naima’s next project is to start painting and drawing Coney Island. It was a fun and well-attended field trip and meeting!

Other NYSMEA News...
  • NYSMEA Field Trip to Beneath the Sea Marine Careers Day on Saturday, April 2, 2016. We will visit the Beneath the Sea, America's largest consumer SCUBA and Dive Travel Show, at the Meadowlands Exhibition Center in Seacaucus, NJ. This show has about 300 exhibitors present. Free passes are available for NYSMEA members. To attend a seminar, you will need to pay a small fee. Email to register for the field trip. Additional details are available at
  • Science Council of New York City (SCONYC) conference on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY. For more information and to register, visit   
  • Youth Ocean Conservation Summit on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the New York Aquarium, Brooklyn, NY. This free conference will bring together young people from across the city. At the conference, young people will have the opportunity to meet scientists who are helping the ocean, engage in hands-on science experiments, take a tour of the New York Aquarium, and work with other young people to create a plan to protect marine wildlife. Complimentary light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited. For more information and to register, visit
  • Waterfront Alliance's Waterfront Conference on Thursday, May 12, 2016 aboard the Hornblower Infinity. You can board the boat at the Hudson River Park Pier 40, 353 West Street, New York, NY. Registration and conference details are available at
  • It's My Estuary Day on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Kaiser Park, Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. NYSMEA and several other organizations will starting planning this marine education event soon. If you're interested in participating or assisting with the planning, please email
Save the dates!
  • The National Marine Educators Association 2016 conference is in Orlando, FL from June 25 - July 1, 2016. Registration and conference details are available at
  • The 2016 NYSMEA Annual Conference will be held at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton in Fall 2016. 
Other Announcements...

Lane Rosen
NYSMEA President 
  • NMEA 2016 Call for Presenters


    The call for presentation proposals for the National Marine Educators Association 2016 conference is open until Friday, March 11, 2016

    Requirements of Presenter

    • All presenters must be registered members of the conference
    • All presenters must advise if their presentation includes a product or products for sale
    • All presenters must must supply their own computer, laptop or tablet. Apple users must also provide the appropriate VGA adapter for an lcd projector (dongle)
    • All presenters must clearly identify audio-visual and Internet availability needs
    • All presenters must provide their own hard copies of materials to be distributed if not using an electronic means of distribution, digital is preferred for environmental reasons
    • All presenters must provide any other materials necessary to make their presentation
    • All presentations must fit a 45 minute time-frame All presentations will be made between June 28–June 30, 2016. 

    For more information and to submit your presentation proposal, click here.  
NYSMEA 146 Suffolk Hall Stony Brook, NY 11794 Phone: 631-632-9216 
NYSMEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 

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